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David Walsh

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Biothera Names Ryusendo Co., Ltd. as Exclusive Distributor in Japan


EAGAN, MN — October 1, 2012 — Biothera has named Ryusendo Co., Ltd. as its exclusive distributor in Japan of Wellmune WGP® and the company’s other immune health ingredients for foods, beverages, and supplements.


Wellmune WGP is a natural ingredient that is clinically proven to enhance key immune cells that help keep the body healthy. This natural beta 1,3/1,6 glucan from a proprietary strain of baker’s yeast is an ingredient in foods, beverage and supplements in more than 50 countries. Numerous peer-reviewed clinical studies provide strong support for the safety and efficacy of Wellmune WGP, which is widely recognized as the leading immune health ingredient.


“Ryusendo is well established in the Japanese marketplace with strong customer relationships and highly trained sales force that excels at representing science-based specialty ingredients,” said Richard Mueller, chief executive officer of Biothera. “Ryusendo is a great fit for Biothera and for Wellmune WGP.”


“Immune support is rapidly growing category spanning a broad range of consumers -- from infants to the elderly -- and we are excited to make the immune health benefits of Wellmune available to the Japanese people,” ” said Yoshiaki Shiojima, CEO of Ryusendo Co., Ltd. “Wellmune is an excellent addition to our portfolio that provides new opportunities for formulating in beverages and conventional foods as well as health foods.”


About Ryusendo Co., Ltd.
Ryusendo Co., Ltd. researches and develops innovative health food products with an emphasis on safety and strong scientific evidence. In addition to manufacturing and marketing supplements, the company is a leading importer and exporter of raw materials for health foods. Based in Tokyo, Ryusendo recently moved to new offices to accommodate increasing the number of customer visits and seminars as well as the number of employees. Ryusendo is engaged in joint research projects with various universities and institutes and participates in numerous exhibitions. On October 3-5, Ryusendo will feature Wellmune WGP at HI Japan 2012 at the Tokyo Exhibition Center.


About Wellmune WGP®
Wellmune WGP is a natural beta 1,3/1,6 glucan derived from a proprietary strain of yeast that is clinically proven to prime key immune cells that keep the body healthy. This unique food, beverage and supplement ingredient has regulatory approval around the world, including GRAS status in the U.S. and novel foods approval in Europe and China. It is also patented, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic and GMO-free. In addition to receiving an IFT Innovation Award, Wellmune has received a SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award and a Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research Award. Wellmune WGP is a product of Biothera, a U.S. biotechnology company dedicated to improving immune health. For more information about Wellmune, go to


David Walsh
VP Communications
Biothera, the Immune Health Company


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