MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Trovita Health Science, an emerging life science company focused in clinical nutrition innovation appointed Dr. Harold Smith, molecular biologist and Professor at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, as a senior advisor on Trovita's Scientific Advisory Board. Additionally, Dr. Smith is CEO of OyaGen, Inc., a Rochester, New York based pre-clinical biotechnology company focused on developing new mechanisms of action to treat and cure a spectrum of diseases, including a platform for HIV/AIDS, ebola virus, and oncology.
William Brown, Trovita's CEO and co-founder noted, "I am pleased to welcome Dr. Smith to our team at Trovita Health Science. His experience in biochemistry and molecular biology will be extremely beneficial in validating the importance of nutritional status on overall patient care and outcomes, as we address the growing public health concerns with excessive sugar in clinically utilized enteral nutrition. Dr. Smith's expertise will be important as we work to expand the Trovita portfolio of products."
Dr. Smith has a distinguished career in academic RNA biology research, and teaching biochemistry and nutrition in the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry curriculum. He has received multiple grants from NIH in the areas of obesity-induced Type II diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and HIV/AIDS, in addition to receiving a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for innovation in HIV/AIDS drug discovery. His anticipated contributions in assisting to obtain grants related to advancing the scientific understanding of the impact of nutrition status on treatment outcomes in chronic diseases will be meaningful in establishing Trovita Health Science as a leading company in the medical nutrition category.
Dr. Smith said, "I am pleased to join Trovita Health Science as a key scientific advisor. I am looking forward to applying my experience in molecular biology and biochemistry in a way that will allow me to have a positive impact on people's lives by assisting Trovita in further establishing an evidence-based approach to nutrition support for chronic illnesses, including HIV and cancer."
About Trovita Health Science
Trovita Health Science is an emerging life science company specializing in medical nutrition innovation. Trovita is currently working toward providing expanded patient access to its flagship brand of enteral nutritional products, ENU®, through state funded Medicaid programs in order to respond to the needs of underserved populations. Trovita is retiring the original ENU formulation in 2016, and will introduce a new formula with improved taste and reduced sugar content to continue to address public health concerns about sugar consumption. In addition to developing multiple new formulations of ENU, Trovita is developing the combination of a new enteral formula and an IP-protected delivery system specially designed for tube feeding, with product launch anticipated in the second half of 2016.
SOURCE Trovita Health Science