NattoPharma Named Partner For EU Research Grant

Will fund further MenaQ7 Vitamin K2 substantiation

OSLO, NORWAY and METUCHEN, NJ (February 7, 2017) – NattoPharma’s International Research Network, coordinated by Queen Mary University of London, has been awarded with a highly competitive ITN research grant from European Commission’s research program Horizon 2020. Other partners of the network are four highly ranked research university departments in Europe [University of Maastricht, University College Dublin (part of the national University of Ireland), Ludvig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm] and the independent life science medical research charity in the UK, the Medical Research Council Technology. The grant NattoPharma participates in is called “EVOLuTION” (European Vascular Interventions and Therapeutic Innovation Network), and the money will be utilized to provide training for 11 early stage researchers (ESRs) in the management of chronic diseases in the field of cardiovascular disease.

Since 2004, NattoPharma has worked closely with the Maastricht University in documenting benefits of menaquinone-7, the company’s exclusive vitamin K2 branded as MenaQ7®. This grant will provide training in innovative therapeutic strategies that include MenaQ7, integrating early detection and prevention, to yield novel approaches to the management of chronic vascular and metabolic diseases that affect the increasing aging population of Western societies.

“The Horizon 2020 research grant is one of the most prestigious grants in Europe. The successful grant assignment and the opportunity to allocate highly qualified researchers to further work on vitamin K research is a great recognition of the vitamin K2 platform by this collaboration so far,” says Associate professor Leon Schurgers at CARIM, Maastricht University, and the main contact between NattoPharma, the University, and Horizon 2020. “I have great expectations for potential new and exciting observations that will arise from our mutual efforts – identifying even more positive health benefits of menaquinone-7.”

This grant is awarded in addition to 2.9M Euro that the EVOluTION consortium received in 2015. That application received the highest possible score and is funding two full-time researchers for three years, focusing on characterization and documentation of new biological aspects and effects of menaquinone-7 (as MenaQ7).

“The assignment of this Horizon 2020 grant is an honor that further validates the importance of the work we have been doing with Maastricht University, and shines a light on the impact vitamin K2 can have on improving global health,” says NattoPharma Chief Medical Officer Hogne Vik, adding that NattoPharma’s first priority has always been the documentation of MenaQ7’s biological effects. “The beneficial effects of MenaQ7 on bone and vasculature is what has driven our marketing efforts. Through EVOluTION, NattoPharma will now have access to two full-time PhD-candidates that will be focused on exploring on existing and potential new mechanisms for biological effects and health benefits for menaquinone-7.  This is a great opportunity for NattoPharma, and we are eager to see how the expected future achievements from this research collaboration and explorations of MenaQ7 in Maastricht and other scientific environments will enable NattoPharma to strengthen our scientific position with regards to chronic vascular and metabolic diseases. We are further eager to secure more biological data that can open up novel user indications, as well as extending our patent portfolio.”

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About MenaQ7®

MenaQ7® is the best documented, commercially available vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7 (MK-7) with guaranteed actives and stability, clinical substantiation, and international patents granted and pending. MenaQ7® is available in two varieties: MK-7 Crystals and MK-7 PURE. For more information on the health benefits of MenaQ7, visit

About NattoPharma

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, and 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, NattoPahrma USA, Inc., in Metuchen, NJ. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Hogne Vik, NattoPharma CMO

Cell phone: +47 97 53 53 26


Kate Quackenbush, Director of Communications

NattoPharma USA, Inc.

Phone: 609-643-0749



About Us

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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