Although infections by intestinal parasites have plagued man for centuries, there are currently no prophylactic products to keep people free from these parasites for long periods of time. Treatment, rather than prevention, has been the only choice for many governments.
Despite many years of government sponsored and non-governmental supported helminth eradication programs, it is reported that more than 2 billion people around the world are infected with intestinal parasites. Current best practice guidelines from leading health organizations focus on improving public sanitation, making potable drinking water readily available to the masses and education programs that describe the problem and how to avoid it. Unfortunately, these measures are beyond the financial resources of most of the developing countries that bear the heaviest incidence of parasitic infestation.
Helminths (intestinal parasites) play a detrimental role in children under 15 years of age and can cause malnutrition, anemia, susceptibility to infections and cognitive impairment. Current treatment programs are not able to break the cycle of re-infestation as they cannot be administered on a more frequent basis because of their potential toxicity as well as resistance issues. While these treatments eliminate the infestation, re-infestation typically occurs quickly because of the environmental conditions where the sufferers live. TyraTech believes there is a strong need for a product that is safe to administer on a daily basis that keeps people continuously free from helminths and permanently breaks the re-infection cycle..
TyraTech has established an exclusive co-development agreement with Kraft Foods to develop a functional food product that incorporates TyraTech proprietary natural products and which can be consumed on a daily basis to keep an individual free from helminths. This innovative line of food products is in active development as a collaboration between the companies.