BIOSCIENCE & HEALTHCARE: Quincy BioScience helps fight memory loss

    We’ve all done it. We walk into a room, only to forget why we’re there. Madison-based Quincy BioScience is focused on the development and commercialization of products to support cognitive function.

    The company works with a calcium-binding protein known as apoaequorin, found naturally in jellyfish. Similar proteins are naturally-occurring in almost every species with a brain, said Mark Underwood, president of the company.

    “Those proteins help protect brain cells. We’ve discovered that, as we age, these proteins begin to deplete, which leads to memory loss,” he said.

    The company’s flagship product, Prevagen, is sold on the market as a dietary supplement, currently not regulated by the FDA. In 2013, the product was named by A.C. Nielsen as the best-selling branded memory supplement in chain drug stores in the U.S.

    “Our product is in over 20,000 retail stores across the country,” Underwood said. “We plan to branch out into other countries and expand our export business. It’s about consumer awareness, and reaching more people with our product.”

    “The protein is naturally occurring,” Underwood said. “As you age it just becomes harder for your body to keep making it. Our products help supplement that protein.”

    Scientists at Quincy BioScience continue to work on making the product better.
    “As the population continues to grow older, there’s a greater need for a product like ours in the market,” Underwood said. “Many people are working longer as they age, there’s more desire to keep our minds sharp. Smartphones and technology are great – but they don’t solve all the problems.”

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