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August 3, 2020
November 25, 2019
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Growing the Plant

Arabidopsis thaliana or thale cress, which is a member of the mustard family is the plant chosen to be the IF factory. This plant is the most widely studied plant in botany and its genetic code is well understood and is a natural host for the human IF gene.

The 'transformed' plant was developed at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and was successfully grown in conventional greenhouses. After Xeragenx acquired the exclusive global rights to the patented technology, the seeds from these transformed Arabidopsis plants were imported into the US and are now grown under contract by a world-class plant biosciences company providing scalability for global commercial supply.

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Jonathan Bortz MD
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Jonathan’s background as a practicing diabetes specialist for 15 years and 17-year career developing nutritional prescriptive products for the pharmaceutical industry has contributed to his ability to understand nutrients, how they work and why they are important.

Over the years he has acquired broad and in-depth knowledge in minerals, essential fatty acids and other nutrients, but has special expertise in Vitamin B12 and choline metabolism. He is often asked to speak at national and international venues to articulate why B12, folate and choline are so important to gene function, brain development, liver and cardiovascular health. He applies pharmaceutical standards to nutrient science and has developed a unique ability to translate complicated concepts into simple promotional messages that resonate with practitioners and consumers. He has developed dozens of innovative nutritional products, of which many are category leaders in the US. Jonathan obtained his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa and did his fellowship in Endocrinology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

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