Thorne Research, Integrative Health Resources and Dr. Daniel G. Amen Launch New Venture Targeting Cognitive Health

Venture to develop portfolio of supplements, nutritional tools and exercises to support healthy brain function.

Jul 25, 2012, 15:26 ET from Thorne Research, Inc.

SANDPOINT, Idaho, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Thorne Research, Inc., a leader in developing and manufacturing pure, high quality nutritional supplements marketed through licensed healthcare practitioners, today announced that the company has partnered with Integrative Health Resources, LLC (IHR) and Daniel G. Amen, MD, to co-develop novel nutritional formulations and a portfolio of resources to assist patients and medical providers with managing cognitive health and neurological supportive care.

The partnership will facilitate broader patient access to nutritional supplements and cognitive tools, including online assessments and nutrition tracking tools and brain enhancement exercises and games. These products and programs are designed to support patients with a wide range of mental conditions that affect cognitive function, including depression, anxiety, attention disorders, chronic stress and memory challenges.

"Thorne Research is proud to expand our nutritional supplement portfolio in the area of cognitive health, which represents a major area of unmet need in patients in the U.S.  Working closely with Dr. Amen and the team at IHR, we plan to develop an unmatched range of outstanding products and support resources designed to improve brain performance," said Paul Jacobson, chief executive officer of Thorne Research.

Through this joint venture, Dr. Amen, a specialist in psychiatric medicine and founder of the Amen Clinics, will lead efforts to develop a range of dietary supplements, cognitive tools and patient support resources. In his practice, Dr. Amen has pioneered the use of advanced diagnostic tools, such as SPECT imaging, to more accurately characterize neurological disorders and identify new types of mental conditions. He has also led research efforts that demonstrate the effectiveness of nutritional supplements and diet in treating mental conditions.

IHR, a provider of medical information, consulting services and products focused on natural therapeutics, wellness and integrative care, will provide support for the development of new nutritional supplement products and cognitive health resources for patients and healthcare providers. IHR is a leader in preventative health and wellness and developer of a variety of innovative health tracking tools that help individuals who suffer from neurological or behavioral disorders to accurately monitor their health.

"Better integrative health tools to monitor and treat mental health and brain performance are a key strategic need for healthcare professionals and their patients," said James B. LaValle, RPh, chief executive officer of IHR. "Brain performance can best be improved by taking daily steps to exercise cognitive function. Our joint venture will offer many new tools to help patients exercise their brain and monitor their cognitive health at home, while also providing healthcare professionals with the resources they need to advise patients on alternative treatments for cognitive impairments."

About Thorne Research

Since 1984, Thorne Research has set the standard for exceptional quality manufacturing and formulation of premium hypoallergenic dietary supplements available through licensed healthcare practitioners.  With more than 280 products, Thorne Research is recognized by healthcare practitioners as a global leader in providing dietary supplements of the highest quality and purity.  With locations in Sandpoint, ID and Greenwich, CT, Thorne Research operates a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and employs more than 170 people.  Further information on Thorne is available at www.thorne.com.

About Integrative Health Resources, LLC

Integrative Health Resources is a content and business development company specializing in science-based educational materials, products and services in the natural therapeutics and integrative medicine space for healthcare professionals and consumers. IHR provides consulting support and business development services to many of the leading natural medicine clinicians and treatment centers. The company also provides raw material sourcing and business services for the development of new dietary supplements as a part of business platform development. IHR was founded by world-renowned specialist in natural therapeutics and metabolic medicine James LaValle, R.Ph., C.C.N., M.S., who is also the founder of LaValle Metabolic Institute. Jim LaValle is a nationally-recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board-certified and clinical nutritionist. He was awarded the Natural Products Association's 2011 Clinician award for best standards and excellence in integrative medicine modalities. Jim LaValle, along with the medical professionals at IHR, regularly provides training to physicians, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals on integrative medicine and speaks before medical and consumer audiences around the world. For further information, visit http://www.ihr-services.com/

About The Amen Clinics, Inc.

The Amen Clinics, Inc. (ACI) was founded in 1989 by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. Amen Clinics now has locations in Newport Beach and San Francisco, California; Bellevue, Washington; and Reston, Virginia (www.amenclinics.com). ACI specializes in using detailed clinical histories, brain imaging, and lab testing for innovative diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of problems, including weight issues, ADD, anxiety, depression, autistic spectrum disorders, and memory problems. Dr. Amen is a physician, child and adult psychiatrist, brain-imaging specialist, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and author of five New York Times best-selling books, including his latest, "Use Your Brain to Change Your Age." For more information, call (888) 564-2700.

SOURCE Thorne Research, Inc.



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