Natural Health Products program
NRC helps Canada's Natural Health Product (NHP) and Functional Ingredient (FI) industries develop, differentiate and create value for existing or in development products. We apply our technical expertise to provide partners and clients with custom analytical, preclinical and lab scale R&D services. Our team also connects companies with reputable contract research organizations, clinical trial sites and regulatory service providers, helping to ensure their success in the industry.
Collaborate with us
Collaborate with us on strategic research projects to help de-risk your innovative ideas, reduce your start-up costs and accelerate your commercial development timelines.
We are always developing new project opportunities with current and prospective partners and clients. They range from small to large companies with significant ties to Canada, and include dietary supplement manufacturers, functional ingredient developers and suppliers, and firms commercializing other NHP related products. With heightened interest in health and wellness, consumers increasingly seek science backed products. As a result, we often work withpartners and clients who are actively engaged in differentiating their NHPs and functional ingredients (FIs) through science-supported analysis.
Natural health products program opportunities
- Developing new high value NHPs
- Differentiating products through science supported NHPs and FIs
- Creating NHP and FI product line extensions and new formulations
- Developing FIs from Canadian bioresources and waste streams
We are committed to supporting the NHP and FI industry through technical and project advisory services. Our team is eager to collaborate to co develop new products Footnote 1 and enabling technologies Footnote 2 that will support new innovations and meet consumer needs.
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NRC may share pre-clinical development risk through co-investment in R&D, which requires a thorough scientific, regulatory, commercialization and partner assessment.
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NRC may share development risk for select opportunities through co-investment in R&D.
NRC partners and clients have access to multidisciplinary expertise and advanced research equipment. Making use of our offerings, partners and clients can shorten product development cycles, competitively differentiate current or future natural health product lines, and accelerate time to market. Companies may also benefit from reduced capital costs, decreased R&D timelines and better supported scientific claims for their products.
Additionally, we offer partners the opportunity to co locate with us. Our many locations across Canada allow manufacturers and developers to leverage NRC facilities, improving project participation and expanding their R&D presence.
Through our advisory services, partners and clients find support for NHP and FI development and commercialization activities, from the product idea and evaluation phase, through to research projects and on to regulatory strategies. We are always strengthening our network of service providers supporting the NHP and FI industry in Canada.
Technical and advisory services
Our expertise and flexibility allows us to help partners and clients manage their product development efforts. This can involve working together to evaluate ideas and product/project risks or to develop regulatory and health claim strategies. While product research and development (R&D) and preclinical research are our primary strengths, we are actively expanding our network so we can support clients who want to take a product idea from discovery R&D and pre clinical development, through to clinical studies, commercialization and manufacturing.
If you’re interested in commercializing science-backed NHPs and FIs, expanding your network, accessing our advanced scientific infrastructure or connecting with our experts, contact:
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Agriculture, natural health products, food and grocery, bioactive ingredients, health and wellness, dietary supplements, personal care, functional foods and beverages.
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