Omega Biotech Corporation is pleased to announce its commitment in joining the growing number of Companies located within the new Vancouver Island Technology Park Complex (VITP).

Omega Biotech is a private, Canadian owned, Vancouver Island based company established in 1991 to develop and extract phyto-nutrients, such as oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC's) from botanicals, such as grape seeds, for use in the nutraceutical, food and beverage, and personal care sectors.

After conducting research and development in cooperation with local universities and research centers, the company's first broad spectrum grape seed extract, Protovin™ Pure Premium Grape Seed Extract powder, was introduced in early spring of 1997 to the North American nutritional supplement market.

Through its continued success in growing export sales to the US market and beyond, Protovin™ has been recognized as one of the most potent antioxidants available to help fight and limit the damage caused by "free radicals". Free radicals are unstable compounds that are implicated in the aging process and degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and atherosclerosis.

Antioxidants such as Protovin™ grape seed extract act as both a shield and sword against free radicals and are thereby key components in the prevention of ill health and for the promotion of health and longevity.

Dr. James Baker, a retired surgeon and Mr. Hugh Hunt, a retired civil engineer are the current directors. Both directors and past president/past director Ms. Usha Rangan have many years of national and international experience in the nutritional health field and have led Omega Biotech to its current leadership status among grape seed extract manufacturers worldwide.

The directors are supported by an experienced team including Ms.Carole Boomer, Production Manager and Mr. Joji Ishikawa, General Manager who are in turn supported by dedicated plant, lab and marketing staff.

Omega Biotech is excited at the growing opportunities not only in the traditional "capsule" based nutritional market but in the growing functional food and beverage sectors, personal care, cosmetic and pet nutrition sectors.

Baby Boomer demographics will also strongly support continued market growth as will the growing awareness of the importance of anti-oxidants, such as Protovin™, as keys to good health among the general populace.

For more information about Omega Biotech or about Protovin™ please contact Mr. Joji Ishikawa at tel: (250) 655-6572 or via fax: (250) 655-6592 or via email: