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Project TitlePectin-Based Medical Food for the Treatment of Short Bowel Syndrome and Ulcerative Colitis
Track Code2007-145
Short Description

A novel fiber formulation, made with natural pectin, which is tasty and practical to use as a dietary supplement.

#therapeutics #gastroenterology 

Abstract

Patients experiencing malabsorption because of disease or insufficient small intestine length may develop profound diarrhea as well as malnutrition, and often need intravenous nutrition to fulfill their daily needs. Northwestern researchers have developed a novel fiber formulation, made with natural pectin, which is tasty and practical to use as a dietary supplement. This food source may be useful in treating malabsorption dysfunction, intestinal inflammation, and other associated disorders, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. There is potential for medical food claim and the product may also be beneficial as a general nutrition supplement.

 
TagsTHERAPEUTICS: disease model, gastroenterology
 
Posted DateMar 3, 2011 10:43 AM

Inventors

Alan L. Buchman*
Meenakshi Rammohan

Amelita Reyes

Applications

• Malabsorption treatment

• General nutrition supplement

Advantages

  • Functions as a prebiotic for maintaining intestinal health
  • Formulated to maximize nutritional uptake  
  • Easier treatment option than intravenous nutrition
  • Patients can independently manage nutritional needs
  • Distinct and improved over other options on the market

IP Status

A patent application has been filed.

Status

  • Small scale clinical study to assess nutritional uptake completed
  • Follow up clinical study is in process

Contact Information

Michael Moore, PhD
Invention Manager
(p) 847.491.4645

(e) michaelmoore@northwestern.edu