Prince William Science Accelerator-based startup, ISOThrive Expands and Joins Forces with George Mason University in its first year

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.--()--The Prince William Board of County Supervisors announced today that the first tenant of the Prince William Science Accelerator, ISOThrive LLC, a leading edge developer of nutritional ingredients to improve the gut microbiome, has expanded and entered into a new three-year lease for larger wet laboratory space.

“ISOThrive’s participation in the Prince William Science Accelerator has enabled us to quickly advance our research and fast-track our time to market”

The brand new, 872 s.f. wet laboratory space will enable ISOThrive to maintain its fast-track to market as it enters a new partnership with George Mason University on product research collaboration. ISOThrive and George Mason University are now recruiting individuals - ‘testers’ - to evaluate the effect of a new prebiotic nutritional supplement on nutrition and gut health in humans. ISOThrive is on track to enter the market in 2015 and recently received $1.4 million in private investment to support clinical studies and product manufacturing scale-up.

“The Prince William Science Accelerator is focused on growing a pipeline of world-class researchers, businesses and investors into the community,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “Being home to the only university-anchored science and technology park in the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, Prince William County provides new life sciences entrepreneurs and startups an ideal environment that promotes synergy and collaboration.”

“ISOThrive’s participation in the Prince William Science Accelerator has enabled us to quickly advance our research and fast-track our time to market,” said Jack Oswald, CEO, ISOThrive. “The support of Prince William County and the close proximity to the world class resources of the MicroBiome Analysis Center at George Mason University have been instrumental to our efforts.”

“We needed more space so we could accelerate the pace of our research and development activities while supporting the scale up of our commercial production process,” said Dr. Lee Madsen, ISOThrive’s Chief Science Officer. “Prince William County’s brand new wet laboratory facility has enabled us to make major strides in moving our efforts forward.”

In March, ISOThrive signed a new three year license agreement for 1,209 inclusive rentable s.f. space. The company received a grant of $6,600 from the County Economic Development Opportunity Fund through the Prince William County Industrial Development Authority, for the purpose of helping offset equipment costs paid by the company.

The research study will focus on the effects of ISOThrive’s products on the gut bacteria and overall health. Individuals who are between the ages of 18 and 45, have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater and are in good health are eligible to participate. Participants will be paid a stipend of $235 for completion of all study requirements. Study supplements will be provided free of charge. If you meet the research criteria and are interested in participating in the study, please email: gutstudy@gmu.edu

About ISOThrive LLC

ISOThrive produces ingredients for the dietary supplement market to improve the health of the gut microbiome. The company is currently conducting studies to document the benefits of ISOThrive’s products on the digestive system and overall health, and is scaling up production to bring our products to market. We believe that this field of research is one of the most important breakthroughs in human health that we have seen in more than 20 years. For more information contact Jack Oswald, CEO, ISOThrive at tel: +1(415) 986-8300 or visit: www.ISOThrive.com

About the MicroBiome Analysis Center at George Mason University

The MicroBiome Analysis Center (MBAC) at George Mason University uses state of the art Genomics and Bioinformatics tools to study problems in Molecular Ecology and Evolution by analyzing the microbiome DNA. The study is being conducted by Dr. Cara Frankenfeld at the Department of Global and Community Health. The microbiome analysis will be performed by Dr. Pat Gillevet at the MicroBiome Analysis Center.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • Located less than 20 miles from the nation’s capital, Prince William County encompasses a total area of 348 square miles and is the 2nd largest county in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • In Summer 2014, Prince William County launched Northern Virginia’s first and only commercially available public-private wet lab spaces – the Prince William Science Accelerator, adjacent to George Mason University – Science & Technology Campus.
  • Prince William County provides access to an outstanding talent pool of highly-skilled, culturally and linguistically diverse labor; 41% of the workforce has college degrees and 31% of the population are ‘young professionals’ aged 25-44.
  • 75% of Northern Virginia’s 1.5 million workers live within a 30 minute one-way commute to the center of Prince William County during rush hour.
  • Two Interstates (I-66 and I-95); multiple 4-lane arterials; CSX and Norfolk Southern cargo lines; Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, offer companies fast access to markets, workforce and the world.
  • A reverse commute along two interstates – I-95 and I-66 significantly reduces journey-to-work time.
  • Over the past decade, the County has experienced a 57% increase in the number of business establishments.
  • Prince William County carries a AAA bond rating from all three of the major credit ratings agencies (Fitch, Moody’s and S&P).
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Contacts

Prince William County, Virginia Department of Economic Development
Ginny Person, 703-792-5518
gperson@pwcgov.org

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