New MenaQ7® Vitamin K2 Patents Granted

Successful examination period results in process patents in United States, Israel, and Australia

OSLO, NORWAY and METUCHEN, NJ (7 November 2017) – NattoPharma ASA has announced it has successfully secured patents in Israel, the United States, and Australia for its nature-identical synthesis creating MenaQ7® PharmaPure Vitamin K2 as MK-7, enriching the company’s already robust patent portfolio.  

• Israel: On July 31, 2017 patent #238199 “Process for preparation of MK-7 type of Vitamin K2” was granted.

• United States: On August 28, 2017 Notice of Allowance for patent #14/435,260 “Process for preparation of MK-7 type vitamin K2” was issued.

• Australia: On July 5, 2017 Notice of Acceptance (NoA) was issued for patent #2013330517 “process for preparation of MK-7 type of vitamin K2”. This NoA was published on July 20.

“This unique patented process results in the world’s only truly all- trans synthetic Vitamin K2 as MK-7,” says William Sommer, NattoPharma’s Vice President of Global Development & Regulatory. “Our material is of the highest quality and superior to anything else on the market, so much so that it currently be utilized in two studies sponsored by the traditional medical community.

“These studies are evidence that the medical community recognizes the difference a vitamin can make for human health, and in selecting MenaQ7 PharmaPure, they want to use the purest, all- trans material for future further confirmation and discovery of health benefits,” he continues. “This technology also ensures supplement providers deliver the MK-7 with the health benefits consumers desire.”

Sommer adds that NattoPharma has made significant intellectual and monetary investments in technologies, and that the company is committed to actively monitor market developments to protect the company’s intellectual property rights throughout their lifespan.

“The approval of these patents represents another milestone for NattoPharma and our partners,” concludes Sommer. “This further strengthens NattoPharma’s global IPR‐platform and improve our competitive position in the within the food supplement market.”

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About NattoPharma and MenaQ7®

NattoPharma ASA, based in Norway, is the world’s leader in vitamin K2 research and development. NattoPharma is the exclusive international supplier of MenaQ7® Vitamin K2 as MK-7, the best documented, vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7 (MK-7) with guaranteed actives and stability, clinical substantiation, and  international patents granted and pending, and now the new MenaQ7® Full Spectrum, which delivers menaquinones 6, 7, 8, and 9. The company has a multi-year research and development program to substantiate and discover the health benefits of vitamin K2 for applications in the marketplace for functional food and dietary supplements. With a global presence, the company established its North American subsidiary, NattoPharma USA, Inc., in Edison, NJ, and NattoPharma R&D Ltd. in Cyprus. For more information, visit www.nattopharma.com or www.menaq7.com .

For more information, please contact:

Kate Quackenbush, Director of Communications

NattoPharma USA, Inc.

Phone: 609-643-0749

E-mail: kate.quackenbush@nattopharma.com


This information is information that NattoPharma ASA (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication through the agency of the contact person set out above at 07:00 CET on November 7th, 2017.

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NattoPharma, the world leader in Vitamin K2 Research and Development, has invested millions of dollars in in-vitro, in-vivo, and clinical studies to document the effects of MenaQ7® Vitamin K2 as MK-7. This commitment has created the only patented and clinically validated K2 on the market. After establishing the first commercial Vitamin K2 with its flagship brand, MenaQ7®, NattoPharma has consistently answered and met market needs through the development of new production technologies:• In 2012, the company introduced MenaQ7® Crystals, which represented an important breakthrough in the new generation of Vitamin K2 products, producing the purest natural MK-7 available.• In 2014, NattoPharma introduced the only all-trans nature-identical synthesized Vitamin K2, MenaQ7® PURE. Not only did the company succeed in changing the market with MenaQ7® PURE – offering a high-quality, competitively priced ingredient – but its efforts were rewarded with the NutrAward for Best Functional Ingredient at Natural Products West/engredea 2015. Vitamin K2 is essential for the body to utilize calcium to build healthy, strong bones and to inhibit calcium deposits in the arteries. Published clinical studies have demonstrated the high bioavailability and proof of efficacy for Nattopharma’s all-trans MK-7 products in healthy and diseased populations, for bone and cardiovascular health. NattoPharma continues to build its competitive advantage through focuson IPR and has patents both granted and pending related to relevant healthbenefits and market segments, creating extra value for its customers. And NattoPharma staff consists of professionals people with longstanding experience in medical and biochemical research as well as pharmaceutical and food supplement development. By understanding and controlling the chemistry, NattoPharma provides the market all-trans MK-7 products, while our sales and marketing team has extensive knowledge of international market demands with which it supports our partners.

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