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Unintended consequences – FODMAP rich diets and digestive distress

Consumers are increasingly in pursuit of healthier diets, including plant-based diets, Mediterranean style diets and ones high in fiber. Along with these diet changes, though, can come digestive distress from specific dietary elements called FODMAPs (fermentable oligo-, di-, monosaccharides and polyols). FODMAPs can include lactose, found in dairy products; galactans, found in legumes; and fructans,


Virginia Catalyst announces Grant Round 14 awarded projects

The Virginia Catalyst, also known as the Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation (VBHRC), today announced that it has awarded $2 million in grants to four life and bioscience projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia, pending execution of the grant agreements. These grants, which will be met with significant matching funds from partner companies, were awarded


Carilion Clinic promotes COO Arner to president

Nancy Agee remains CEO of Roanoke health care system Roanoke, VA /Virginia Business/ Carilion Clinic has promoted its executive vice president and chief operating officer, Steve Arner, to president of the Roanoke-based nonprofit health system. He will remain COO while taking on new duties as president, Carilion said in its announcement Tuesday. Nancy Howell Agee,


Revivicor Building New R&D hub in SWVA

The company behind a pig-to-human heart transplant in 2022 is building a new research and development hub in Southwest Virginia to raise pigs for their hearts and kidneys, for transplantation into people. In March 2022, the first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig died, two months after the groundbreaking surgery at the


LifeNet Health acquires best-in-class wound care portfolio

LifeNet Health expands its portfolio of wound care solutions, adding revolutionary products such as TheraSkin┬«, with the acquisition of the Bioventus Inc. wound care division. This step strengthens LifeNet Health’s position as a global leader in regenerative medicine offering next-level wound care. “Non-healing wounds are a modern healthcare crisis,” said LifeNet Health President and CEO


Agrospheres to invest $25M in Albemarle expansion

Agricultural biotech startup AgroSpheres will invest $25 million to expand in Albemarle County, creating an estimated 50 jobs, Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced Thursday. The company will increase production at its facility at 1180 Seminole Trail and build a research and development and demonstration facility for new products, which will be a pilot plant for a