Alltech Announces Breakthrough in Science of Nutrigenomics
[Lexington, KY] - Alltech, a global leader in animal health and nutrition, is delighted to announce its first breakthrough in the science of Nutrigenomics - EconomasE?.
Using his knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of oxidative stress and intracellular signalling cascades, combined with the science of Nutrigenomics and the DNA microarray, or gene chip, Dr. Ronan Power, director of Alltech's Nutrigenomics Center, was able to identify beneficial gene expression events in pathways associated with oxidative damage, metabolic stress and macromolecular repair mechanisms. Using these genes as a framework, Power was able to create EconomasE?, which will enable animal nutritionists to significantly reduce the level of increasingly expensive ingredients, such as antioxidant vitamins, added to animal diets without compromising performance.
"I believe EconomasE? is just the beginning of what we will uncover through the work of Dr. Power and his team at our new Nutrigenomics Center," said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. "Dr. Power's understanding of gene expression profiling and its impact on key biochemical pathways within cells and tissues is leading Alltech into a whole new understanding of animal nutrition for optimal health and performance."
Power is the architect of Alltech's Nutrigenomic research program, examining the effect of nutrition on gene expression. He received a B.S. in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the National University of Ireland. He completed his Post-Doctoral training in Cell Biology at the prestigious Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where his work focused on signal transduction biochemistry and, in particular, the molecular cross-talk mechanisms which exist between cell membrane-associated receptors and the nuclear transcriptional apparatus. Working with Alltech since 1991, Power was awarded the Alltech Scientific Medal of Excellence this year.
In April 2008, Alltech unveiled its Nutrigenomics Center in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The first facility of its kind in the world, the Nutrigenomics Center is dedicated to extending basic research observations gathered from gene expression profiling studies to practical applications and solutions in the field. The new facility represents a 20,000 square foot addition to the company's existing research campus.