Dr. Jan Raa, a world-renowned microbiologist, was looking for a way to save the Norwegian salmon industry from the constant barrage of bacterial infections they faced at farming facilities.
At the time, salmon were routinely treated with antibiotics to ward off infection.
But antibiotics only achieved limited success because infecting microbes often quickly develop resistant strains.
discovered that beta glucan, if carefully and properly extracted from the cell walls of baker's yeast, could dramatically increase the salmon's resistance to infections without any of the negative consequences of using antibiotics because beta glucan enhanced the salmon's own natural immunities.
So effective was this discovery that Dr. Raa
began to produce his
beta glucan, now internationally known as Norwegian Beta Glucan (NBG), to be used as a natural immune enhancing commercial feed ingredient.
Because of his sudden and profound success with NBG, Dr. Raa and his colleagues founded Biotec Pharmacon in 1991.