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Biofortis is Mérieux NutriSciences' global research organization serving innovation in food, nutrition, health, cosmetics and consumer goods.

Biofortis supports our customers in their quest for innovative market leading products by generating scientific evidence through randomized clinical trials. By combining our nutrition expertise with our clinical research ability, we are uniquely suited for food, ingredient and dietary supplement focused studies aimed at answering questions about product safety, tolerance, bioavailability, and efficacy for both disease and non-disease end points. Our studies are used in support of health claims, structure-function claims, GRAS application or expansion, competitor comparisons, and position papers as well as providing food category or even full diet nutrition insight.

Throughout our 10-year history in the USA, our track record proves we can collaborate with leading key opinion leaders in study fields of cardiovascular, metabolic, exercise physiology, cognitive function, satiety, weight loss and weight management research. Recent publications and press releases highlight our diverse body of work in bioavailability, satiety benefits from protein consumption, cognitive function gains from dietary supplements, and LDL lowering from specific ingredients.

Our full service contract research organization, experienced scientists and quality control process compliant clinical center allow us to customize our approach for each project. Whether you require proprietary or publicly accessible studies, professionally managed projects deliver reliable, scientifically valid data on time and in budget, more often than other research options.

Our Services

Industries Served

Biofortis services the unique needs of the food, nutrition and ingredient industries, successfully performing hundreds of studies during our twelve-year history.  We integrate our deep scientific and clinical expertise with a focus on operational excellence and project management.  In addition to our core services in nutrition literature assessments and clinical studies, we have expanded our research expertise and services to include microbiome research as well as consumer and sensory research to support product innovation.

Due to our food focus, we are active participants in key industry organizations.  We’re a member of the International Life Sciences Institute and participate in their Technical Committee on the Microbiome.  Further, we’re a Sustaining Member of the American Society of Nutrition, and give technical presentations and posters each year during their annual meeting.  We are active members in both the Institute of Food Technologists and the Council for Responsible Nutrition due to their scientific leadership with the food and dietary supplement industries respectively.  Beyond these organizations, our scientists are invited to speak to an even broader range of meetings sponsored by groups such as The Obesity Society, International Probiotics Association, The International Vitamin Congress, and the Society of Toxicology.  Presenting and publishing results from our studies is a vital contribution we make to advancing the science of foods, ingredients and dietary supplements.   

Retailers face a unique set of challenges due to the large number of products they must manage as well as the complex set of suppliers.  Our Biofortis team has experience in establishing and managing retail product quality and supplier maintenance and selection programs utilizing sensory & consumer tools in addition to analytical testing within North America as well as in other regions of the world. This expertise extends beyond to food and includes consumable consumer products including OTC products. 

Provident Clinical Trial Unit, located in the Chicago area, is a fully dedicated clinical research site specializing in Phase I-IV clinical trials.  Our highly experienced professional research team is designed to streamline efforts and assure maximum efficiency in all aspects of clinical research from study start-up to ongoing clinical trial maintenance, even on the most complex clinical trials.

Our facility has been specially designed with clinical trial research and patient convenience in mind. As a research facility, it includes a waiting area, clinic rooms and a fully equipped specimen laboratory for sample collection and processing. This dedicated setup allows staff to maximize both participant schedule flexibility and convenience as they participate in important research opportunities. 

We’ve created a large amount of repeat business with a results-oriented leadership team, most of whom have more than 15 years in clinical research. Our focus on ethics, quality, timeliness and responsiveness make us an ideal partner. We are constantly searching out new partnerships in the quest to work on new medications and treatments seeking FDA approval.