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CTNS - Technology Centre of Nutrition and Health

Camí de Valls 81-87
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Company Profile:
The CTNS-Technology Centre of Nutrition and Health is located in Reus (Catalonia-Spain) and focuses its work on evaluating the biological efficacy of functional foods, from the extraction of the bioactive ingredient to the intervention studies on humans. Its mission is to carry out R&D, innovation and technology transfer projects within the agrofood industry, in particular in the field of functional foods, and has the vision of being a reference in the scientific substantiation of new products with nutritional and health claims, according to European regulations.

The CTNS is also leading the AINS-Innovative Business Association of Nutrition and Health ( and is the Coordinator of a Catalan network of food research organizations and companies called Agrofood Connect-EU Group that aims to increase the participation of Catalan entities and companies (mostly SMEs) in the FP7 (

Research and Innovation in Nutrition and Health

What we offer:
Agrofood R&D and technology transfer, in particular in functional foods.

- Bioactive ingredient data bases
- Identification, isolation and purification of the bioactive ingredient
- Characterization of the bioactive ingredient
- Bioactivity and bioavailability studies
- Studies on the ingredient/gen-biomarker interaction

- Ingredient formulation in food matrixes
- Research of the stability and bioactivity during the processing
- Design of functional foods

- Validation of food safety
- Validation of the efficacy. Pre-clinic studies
- Validation of the efficacy. Intervention studies
- Legal and technical advice for drafting the dossier for the EFSA-EC
- Comprehension and acceptability research
- Functional foods market

What we are looking for:
We are looking for industrial partners (manufacturers, distributors of ingredients,...) of the agrofood sector that are required to evaluate the biological efficacy of its (new) functional foods/nutraceuticals, from the extraction of the bioactive ingredient to the nutritional intervention studies on humans; the objective is to validate any nutritional/health claim to be made on foods meeting the requeriments of European regulation.

We also look for research partners to carry out collaborative projects on CTNS own research lines:
- Omics sciences approach (up-down, and bottom-up)
- New biomarkers of food consumption.
- Research in bioactive compounds' mechanisms of action

Clinical institutions/groups involved in multi-centric nutritional intervention studies in humans are also welcommed.

  • Food processing and preserving
  • Food and beverage service activities
  • Technological additives. Enzymes
  • Functional Food (nutraceuticals)/ Enriches (vitamins, minerals)
  • Food Technology
  • Detection and Analysis methods
  • Food Microbiology/Toxicology/Quality Control
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Biochemistry
  • Enzymology/Protein Engineering/Fermentation
  • In vitro Testing, Trials
  • environmental impacts and total food chain

Collaboration sought:
  • Commercial Agreement
  • Technical Co-operation
  • Research Co-operation/ FP7 Project
  • Licence Agreement
  • Investment/Financing


Mr Ignasi Papell

Project Manager

Mr Joan Fortuny

Managing department
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