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Bariatric Advantage Announces New Pro Joe Magnifico Mocha Decaf Drink with 20 Grams of Protein

This new decaffeinated version offers all of the flavor without the jitters associated with caffeine, along with an easy source of additional protein for bariatric surgery patients

Posted: October 08, 2013

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Bariatric Advantage today announced that bariatric patients now have another option to increase their daily protein intake with the new decaffeinated version of Pro Joe Magnifico Mocha. One serving of the decaffeinated beverage provides 20 grams of protein, five grams of carbohydrates, and zero grams of fat.

Patients who have had bariatric surgery may be especially challenged to get enough protein because they are usually eating less food than they did before their surgery, and their altered digestive systems may absorb nutrients differently. Pro Joe Magnifico Mocha Decaf helps them to add protein to their diet in the form of a great-tasting coffeeflavored beverage but without the jitters often associated with coffee.

“Our Pro Joe line has been very popular, so we are pleased to offer a decaffeinated version,” said Bret Petkus, Vice President of Sales for Bariatric Advantage. “We expect patients will appreciate this new alternative to achieving their protein intake goals.”

“We expect patients will appreciate
this new alternative to achieving
their protein intake goals.”

Getting the right amount of protein is important for everyone and especially for bariatric surgery patients, with recommendations for average protein intake per day averaging 60 – 120 grams daily depending on height, weight, gender, type of procedure, and other factors1. Because of these variations, it is suggested that people ask their doctor or dietitian what level of intake is right for them.

Four out of five Americans drink coffee daily, according to a 2013 survey by the National Coffee Association. The popularity of coffee inspired Bariatric Advantage to offer a decaffeinated version of Pro Joe Magnifico Mocha to help bariatric surgery patients, and other individuals desiring to increase their protein intake, to get more protein along with the flavor of their favorite beverage. Pro Joe Magnifico Mocha Decaf is a convenient and delicious way to enjoy that taste without the effects that are often associated with caffeine, and to receive protein in a way that supplements a nutritious diet and is easily absorbed.

To learn more about the Bariatric Advantage product line, visit www.bariatricadvantage.com or call 1-800-898-6888.

About Bariatric Advantage

Bariatric Advantage (www.bariatricadvantage.com), a division of Metagenics, Inc., is a market leading provider of “targeted nutrition” solutions to meet the micro-nutrient replacement needs of bariatric surgery patients. As a leading pioneer in the industry, founded in 2002, the company markets and distributes its nutritional products primarily through the medical professional channel under the brand name Bariatric Advantage®.

1 Bariatric Surgery: Post-Operative Concerns. American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Guidelines. Available at http://asmbs.org/2012/01/bariatric-surgery-postoperative-concerns/

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Industry Pioneer Bariatric Advantage Introduces New Ultra Multi Formula with Iron

Gives patients at risk for iron deficiency substantial levels of iron plus other vital nutrients

Posted: July 30, 2013

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bariatric Advantage®, the leader in targeted medical nutrition products for bariatric surgery patients, today announced the launch of a new Ultra Multi Formula with Iron.

“Patients who have had bariatric surgery may be at increased risk of iron deficiency,” said Jacqueline Jacques, N.D., Chief Science Officer for Bariatric Advantage. “Our new Ultra Multi Formula with Iron gives patients a substantial level of iron in addition to other needed nutrients for their health. Most importantly, this product gives patients yet another option for assuring adherence to their physicians’ instructions and following their nutritional program.”

Ultra Multi Formula with Iron meets the latest nutrition guidelines from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), The Obesity Society (TOS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The new formula provides 45 mg of Iron, 3000 IUs of Vitamin D3 and 200% or more of the recommended daily allowance for B Vitamins, as well as a proprietary phytonutrient blend.

“Patients who have had bariatric
surgery may be at increased risk of
iron deficiency”

“Similar to the way pre-natal vitamins are tailored to the needs of pregnant women, bariatric-specific products may be more likely to offer the levels and forms of nutrients recommended for those patients so that they receive the personalized nutrition they need,” notes Dr. Jacques.

The ASMBS also recommends that bariatric surgery patients take iron after procedures like gastric bypass because they have an increased risk for the development of deficiency.1 Dr. Jacques recommends that patients talk with their physician to find out the amount of iron that is right for them.

Bariatric Advantage products are formulated from evidence-based research, and made with quality ingredients. All Bariatric Advantage products are formulated for the specific needs of bariatric patients, using vitamins and minerals with high bioavailability so they are easy to absorb.

Like Bariatric Advantage’s other multivitamins, the Ultra Multi Formula with Iron capsules contain the minimal amount of low-allergen materials needed to assure proper breakdown. There is no wheat, gluten, egg, or dairy in this product, as well as no starch, talc, waxes, or chemical dyes.

To learn more about the Bariatric Advantage product line, visit www.bariatricadvantage.com or call 800-898-6888.

About Bariatric Advantage

Bariatric Advantage (www.bariatricadvantage.com), a division of Metagenics, Inc., is a market leading provider of “targeted nutrition” solutions to meet the micro-nutrient replacement needs of bariatric surgery patients. As a leading pioneer in the industry, founded in 2002, the company markets and distributes its nutritional products primarily through the medical professional channel under the brand name Bariatric Advantage®.

1 Bariatric Surgery: Post-Operative Concerns. American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Guidelines. Available at http://asmbs.org/2012/01/bariatric-surgery-postoperative-concerns/

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Bariatric Advantage® Announces New Flavor and Enhanced Taste of Multivitamin Crystals to Provide Nutritional Supplementation for Bariatric Patients

Complete Multi-Formula Crystals Provide a Daily Dose of Essential Vitamins and Minerals in a Water Soluble Format

Posted: May 09, 2013

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bariatric Advantage¨ today announced the availability of its new and improved Complete Multi-Formula Crystals with calcium in tasty berry and new citrus flavors. Drinking a glass of water with the soluble multi-crystals provides bariatric patients with calcium, vitamin D, B12, potassium and much more for broad nutritional support in a form that is easy for digestion and absorption.

"After undergoing bariatric surgery, some patients have difficultly swallowing pills or capsules," said Jacqueline Jacques, N.D., chief science officer for Bariatric Advantage. "Our new Complete Multi-Formula Crystals are specially formulated for the nutritional needs and the taste sensitivities of bariatric patients. Now they can receive a daily dose of essential vitamins and minerals in a drinkable format which makes it easier for them to take and absorb the nutrients they need after surgery, and for life."

The risk for nutrient deficiency in bariatric patients is established from clinical studies that have followed the health of weight loss surgery patients over many years. These patients have an increased need for targeted nutrition. Because of this, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS) and a group formed by the American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society and the ASMBS both recommend a daily multivitamin after all forms of weight loss surgery.

"Many individuals with severe
obesity are nutrient deficient even
before they have surgery, making it
harder to catch up on these
nutrients without supplementation
post-surgery"

Providing levels of nutrition supported by current guidelines, Bariatric Advantage's innovative Complete Multi-Formula Crystals are specially formulated for the nutritional needs of bariatric patients and made with the highest-quality ingredients to help bariatric surgery patients easily get the support they need. Three daily servings of this high-potency Multi-Formula will provide patients with a complete array of vitamins, minerals and nutrients including 1,500 mg of elemental calcium from calcium citrate (the most often recommended form of calcium for bariatric patients), 900 IU of vitamin D3, 900 mcg of B12, 300 mg of potassium, 9 mg of vitamin B1 (thiamine).

"Many individuals with severe obesity are nutrient deficient even before they have surgery, making it harder to catch up on these nutrients without supplementation post-surgery," noted Dr. Jacques. "Taking a bariatric-specific multivitamin daily is critical in maintaining overall health. Choosing one that is enjoyable to take everyday, such as the Bariatric Advantage Complete Multi-Formula Crystals, will help patients stick to their daily goals."

To learn more about the Bariatric Advantage product line, visit www.bariatricadvantage.com or call 800-898-6888.

About Bariatric Advantage

Bariatric Advantage (www.bariatricadvantage.com), part of Catalina Lifesciences, Inc., is a market leading provider of "targeted nutrition" solutions to meet the micro-nutrient replacement needs of bariatric surgery patients. Founded in 2002, Bariatric Advantage markets and distributes its nutritional products primarily through the medical professional channel under the brand name Bariatric Advantage®. In 2010, it was acquired by Metagenics, Inc. - a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company dedicated to helping people live happier, healthier lives by realizing their genetic potential - and operates as a strategic business unit of Metagenics. Bariatric Advantage maintains its offices in Irvine, Calif.

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Bariatric Advantage Continues Innovation with New 500 mg Calcium Citrate Chewy Bite For the Nutritional Needs of Bariatric Surgery Patients

Comprehensive Formulation Is First to Combine 500 mg Calcium Citrate and 500 IU of Vitamin D3 in One Tasty, Sugar-Free Soft Chew

Posted: April 10, 2013

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bariatric Advantage®, the leading brand of micronutrient replacement products for bariatric surgery patients, today announced the availability of its new tasty 500 mg caramel-flavored Calcium Citrate Chewy Bite. This innovative formula to support bone health for bariatric patients is the first to combine 500 mg of calcium citrate and 500 IU of vitamin D3 for enhanced calcium absorption, all free of sugar and lactose and only 15 calories per chewy bite.

"Bariatric surgery patients are at risk for challenges with calcium and vitamin D because the changes made to their digestive systems change the way nutrients are absorbed and processed," noted Dr. Jacqueline Jacques, N.D., chief science officer for Bariatric Advantage. "It is critically important for these patients to regularly take nutritional supplements that their systems can easily absorb, such as the Calcium Citrate Chewy Bite that is specifically designed for their altered digestive systems. Without supplemental nutrients, these patients can experience vitamin and mineral deficiencies that may lead to compromised health and long-term complications."

After the most common bariatric surgery procedures, there is less contact of food with stomach acid. This makes it difficult to absorb certain forms of calcium such as calcium carbonate, which is found in many over-the-counter calcium supplements. Bariatric Advantage's new Calcium Citrate Chewy Bite is formulated with calcium citrate, the form most commonly recommended after bariatric surgery to support absorption.

"We recognize that our customers
are often asked to take a lot of
calcium each day, so we strive to
make products that they can enjoy taking"

With only 15 calories per delicious caramel chew, Bariatric Advantage's 500 mg Calcium Citrate Chewy Bite supplements the diet with higher dosages of the essential nutrients calcium and vitamin D. The formula is sugar and lactose-free without compromising the caramel flavor, making it nutritious and delicious.

"We recognize that our customers are often asked to take a lot of calcium each day, so we strive to make products that they can enjoy taking," noted Dr. Jacques. "Our 500 mg chews mean fewer pills, and the great taste makes the experience much more pleasant."

Bariatric patients require 1,200 and 2,000 mg of calcium daily (depending on the type of surgery), as recommended by the bariatric surgery guidelines published by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, The Obesity Society, and The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Bariatric Advantage's original 250 mg calcium chews are also available in a variety of flavors such as chocolate, lemon and raspberry. All products in the Bariatric Advantage product line are specially formulated to benefit bariatric surgery patients to provide them with nutritional support for optimal health.

To learn more about the Bariatric Advantage product line, visit www.bariatricadvantage.com or call 800-898-6888.

About Bariatric Advantage

Bariatric Advantage (www.bariatricadvantage.com), part of Catalina Lifesciences, Inc., is a market leading provider of "targeted nutrition" solutions to meet the micro-nutrient replacement needs of bariatric surgery patients. Founded in 2002, Bariatric Advantage markets and distributes its nutritional products primarily through the medical professional channel under the brand name Bariatric Advantage®. In 2010, it was acquired by Metagenics, Inc. - a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company dedicated to helping people live happier, healthier lives by realizing their genetic potential - and operates as a strategic business unit of Metagenics. Bariatric Advantage maintains its offices in Irvine, Calif.

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Thank You for Visiting Bariatric Advantage at the 28th Annual American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Annual (ASMBS) Conference in Orlando, Florida

Bariatric Advantage wants to thank you for visiting our booth at the 28th Annual American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Conference held this week in Orlando, Florida.

Posted: June 17, 2011

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) June 17, 2011

Bariatric Advantage wants to thank you for visiting our booth at the 28th Annual American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Conference held this week in Orlando, Florida. Once again, over 650 bariatric surgery professionals came through our booth to see our newest product launches with a focus on the KetogenX line of products for the Medically Supervised Weight Management Programs, as well as the other innovative new products. "As the market leader in our category, we were very pleased with the attendance in our booth and once again ASMBS has exceeded our expectations", said Thomas Kinder, President and CEO.

"The new products and flavors were definitely a hit but I was encouraged in the increased overall awareness of the importance of nutritional supplementation for patients suffering from obesity both before and after surgery. I was asked questions about many of our products, that now number over 100 that are specifically designed for the bariatric surgery market, making it obvious that this market will continue to grow in importance", said Jacqueline Jacques, ND Chief Science Officer for Bariatric Advantage.

For additional information on Bariatric Advantage products, and the many other services available from Bariatric Advantage, contact your local sales representative or a customer care specialist can be reached at (800) 898-6888 or at customercare(at)bariatricadvantage.com The customer care department is open Monday – Friday from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM Pacific and on Saturday from 7:30AM to 4PM Pacific.

About Bariatric Advantage
Bariatric Advantage is committed to producing products and services for the weight loss surgery market including surgical programs, patients, support groups and the allied medical professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping improve the lives of the recovering obese patient.

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Bariatric Advantage at 2011 ASMBS Conference

Bariatric Advantage will be exhibiting at 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery with its most aggressive new product launch in its 10 year market-leading history.

Posted: June 13, 2011

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) June 13, 2011

Bariatric Advantage, Business Unit of Metagenics, Inc. will be exhibiting at 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery held this year in Orlando, Florida, at the Gaylord Resort. Bariatric Advantage will be located at exhibit booth #312.

“We are thrilled to be exhibiting at the ASMBS again,” said the company’s Chief Science Officer, Jacqueline Jacques, ND. “We gain great insight from this meeting on new trends on the surgical treatment for morbid obesity which in turn help guide us in our future product development.”

“Dr. Jacques is a key participant and presenter at the annual conference. This year Jacqueline is presenting on the Pro’s and Cons on Preoperative Diets this will surely carry over to our booth,” said Thomas Kinder, Chief Executive of Bariatric Advantage.

The Company will have its most aggressive new product launch in its 10 year market-leading history with the following new entries:

NEW – Calcium Citrate Chewy Bites - Caramel Flavored
NEW – High Protein Meal Replacement – Orange Cream Flavor
NEW – High Protein Meal Replacement – Chicken Soup Flavor
NEW – Bariatric Advantage – B-12 – Peppermint Flavor
NEW – ProGo – Liquid Protein on the Go – White Grape, Berry in 2oz and 16oz.
NEW – Super Snack Bar containing Calcium, Vitamin D3, Protein, and Fiber in a Dark Chocolate covering.

NEW – KetogenX™ Line for Medically Supervised Weight Management Includes:

KetogenX™ Bars: Apple Cinnamon Spice Snack Bar, Peanut Butter Snack Bar, Chewy Chocolate Snack Bar, Peanut Butter-Chocolate Snack Bar, Very Berry Snack Bar
KetogenX™ Snack Crisps: Tangy BBQ Crisps, Cinnamon Spice Crisps, Savory Ranch Crisps, White Cheddar Crisps
KetogenX™ Drink Mixes: Vegetable Soup, Luscious Chocolate, Creamy Vanilla

For additional information on Bariatric Advantage products, and the many other services available from Bariatric Advantage, contact your local sales representative or a customer care specialist can be reached at (800) 898-6888 or at customercare(at)bariatricadvantage(dot)com. The customer care department is open Monday – Friday from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM Pacific and on Saturday from 7:30AM to 4PM Pacific.

About Bariatric Advantage:
Bariatric Advantage is committed to producing products and services for the weight loss surgery market including surgical programs, patients, support groups and the allied medical professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping improve the lives of the recovering obese patient.

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Metagenics Announces Acquisition of Bariatric Advantage

Acquisition Expands Leadership in the Growing Field of Nutritional Options for Surgical Weight Loss Patients, Adding Resources for Scientific Research, Product Development, and Global Distribution

Posted: August 19, 2010

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Metagenics, Inc., a San Clemente, California-based life sciences company, today announced its acquisition of Catalina Lifesciences, Inc., the Irvine, California-based maker of Bariatric Advantage®. Bariatric Advantage is the market leader in the development of micronutrient replacements for weight loss surgical patients. Metagenics is a leading researcher, manufacturer, and distributor of medical foods and nutritional products used in lifestyle therapy programs sold to healthcare professionals to manage their patients’ chronic illnesses and achieve their genetic potential through nutrition.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“Strategic acquisitions are an important part of our growth plans and Bariatric Advantage is a perfect fit for Metagenics. This acquisition extends our therapeutic nutrition and lifestyle programs as solutions for chronic illnesses,” stated Fred Howard, CEO of Metagenics. “Working together, Metagenics and Bariatric Advantage will shape the market in the rapidly growing bariatric nutrition field. We will continue to invest in scientific validation, new product development and distribution to support these programs.”

“Metagenics is an excellent partner for us,” said Thomas Kinder, President and CEO of Catalina Lifesciences. “Both companies have built superior quality and science into our product lines and services, and have been the innovators in our respective spaces. The additional resources provided by Metagenics’ research, business systems, and global presence will expand our ability to bring the advantages of our products to a much broader audience of bariatric patients and healthcare professionals worldwide.”

“Catalina Lifesciences will operate
as a strategic business unit of
Metagenics, retaining its executive
leadership, name, products, brand
and employee base, while benefiting
from the many resources within Metagenics”

The products and services of the two companies together span the continuum of health – from prevention and wellness through chronic illnesses through lifelong solutions for individuals who undergo weight loss surgery.

Currently, ten million people in the United States have a body mass index (BMI) measurement of 35 or higher and co-morbid health conditions that make them candidates for weight loss surgery. Each year, approximately 230,000 individuals have weight loss surgery in the United States alone. Bariatric Advantage products provide these individuals with easily absorbable nutrients to promote long-term good health following their surgery. Each Bariatric Advantage product meets Metagenics’ strictest manufacturing standards and is formulated to promote ease of absorption, good taste and long-term patient compliance.

“Catalina Lifesciences will operate as a strategic business unit of Metagenics, retaining its executive leadership, name, products, brand and employee base, while benefiting from the many resources within Metagenics,” said Howard.

About Metagenics, Inc.

Metagenics, Inc. (www.metagenics.com), headquartered in San Clemente, CA, is a global life sciences company focused on reversing chronic illness and improving health. Metagenics supports healthcare practitioners in incorporating lifestyle medicine into their practices, offering education and practice management programs such as FirstLine Therapy® to assist them in this transition. More than 75,000 healthcare professionals in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South America, South Africa and Asia use Metagenics’ products to help their patients achieve a lifetime of good health. Founded in 1983, the company currently holds more than 40 proprietary formula patents. Today, Metagenics continues its leadership role by successfully merging nutritional genomics, functional medicine, and lifestyle medicine to develop solutions to society's most pressing health concerns. In August, 2009, Metagenics entered into a joint venture with Alticor (www.alticor.com), a global leader in the nutrition and wellness industry. Alticor is an $8 billion corporation offering products, business opportunities, product development, manufacturing and logistic services in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide. Both Metagenics and Alticor share a philosophy for promoting good nutrition, healthy living and natural science.

About Bariatric Advantage

Bariatric Advantage (www.bariatricadvantage.com) is the market leader in providing micronutrient support to patients who have experienced weight loss surgery. The company works with bariatric surgeons and allied healthcare professionals throughout the United States and abroad, who in turn refer their patients to Bariatric Advantage for long-term nutritional product support services and education. The Bariatric Advantage executive management team is internationally recognized for its role in shaping and guiding the development of targeted nutrition and providing education in this rapidly growing medical specialty.

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SoCalBio Forum to Explore Latest Medical Devices for Treating Obesity

L.A.-Area Companies Lead the Nation in Innovation; Forum Panelists Will Discuss Business and Regulatory Issues Behind Device-Based Obesity Care

Posted: March 19, 2010

LOS ANGELES & IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) will host a discussion on the latest medical devices for treating obesity during its networking forum on Thursday, March 25th (7:00 - 9:30 am) at the UC Irvine University Club.

The forum will include a keynote by Bill Murray, president and CEO of Reshape Medical - the San Clemente firm behind a new device-based treatment for morbid obesity. Currently undergoing clinical trials, the treatment involves inserting a balloon into the stomach via a procedure that is far less-invasive than lap-band or gastric bypass surgery.

Following Murray's keynote, a panel of local experts will discuss key issues - from regulation and business development to reimbursement and healthcare reform - impacting the device-based obesity care industry.

“Attendees at the forum on March
25th will get up to speed on all the
latest innovations.”

    Panelists include:
  • Fred Cahn, PhD, CEO of Biomedical Strategies LLC (La Jolla)
  • Neal Kaufman, MD, MPH, Founder and CEO of DPS Health (Los Angeles)
  • Tom Kinder, CEO of Bariatric Advantage, Inc. (Irvine)
  • Roger Zickfeld, Managing Director of Zickfeld Advisors (Los Angeles)
  • Monica Welling, Partner at Atheln, Inc. (Los Angeles)

"According to the CDC, almost one out of every three adults in the U.S. is obese, and of those about 10 million are morbidly obese and may be helped by device-based treatments developed here in Southern California," said Ahmed Enany, president and CEO of SoCalBio. "Attendees at the forum on March 25th will get up to speed on all the latest innovations."

As the medical need for obesity management has skyrocketed, innovations developed in Southern California continue to transform the standard of care. Examples include the LapBand from BioEnterics (acquired by Inamed Corp and now part of Allergan Medical) and a new endoscopic gastrointestinal bypass sleeve device from ValenTx.

More information about the March 25th Forum is available on the SoCalBio Web site at http://socalbio.org/calendar/2010/mar2510.htm.

SoCalBio Forum sponsors include Berliner & Associates, Bolton & Company, Ernst & Young, Image 2000, Perkins Coie, VWR and Wells Fargo Insurance Services.

About the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio)

The Southern California Biomedical Council is a nonprofit, member-supported trade association that fosters life-science R&D, manufacturing, job creation and overall economic growth in the six counties (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside and San Bernardino) that comprise the Greater Los Angeles region.

The Council’s programs help local firms gain access to capital, potential partners and business support services. SoCalBio also promotes technology transfer and workforce training, while informing policy makers and the public at-large about the benefits of the region’s life-science industry. The annual SoCalBio Investor & Partnership Conference has grown to become the region's largest showcase for emerging life-science companies and technologies.

SoCalBio is open to membership by local firms and organizations engaged in life-science technology development and commercialization. More information is available at www.SoCalBio.org.

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Bariatric Advantage® Helps Bariatric Patients to Remember Their Surgeons Nutritional Protocols!

Bariatric Advantage has developed a proprietary mobile web application named “iCompli®”. The app is designed to remind bariatric surgical patients when to take their vitamins based on their physician protocols by simply notifying the patient during their busy days via a simple text message to their mobile phone. iCompli® will work with any mobile device or carrier including iPhone and BlackBerry. The system also accommodates notifications via email.

Posted: January 1, 2010

Irvine, CA (Vocus) January 1, 2010

Bariatric Advantage has developed a proprietary mobile web application named “iCompli®”. The app is designed to remind bariatric surgical patients when to take their vitamins based on their physician protocols by simply notifying the patient during their busy days via a simple text message to their mobile phone. iCompli® will work with any mobile device or carrier including iPhone and BlackBerry. The system also accommodates notifications via email.

Every bariatric patient and every bariatric surgical program can leverage 'iCompli" to help their respective patients stay compliant with their very important nutritional protocols. The process is easy to use and instructions are provided using the adjacent video or by visiting http://www.bariatricadvantage.com and clicking on the iCompli tab at the top of the page. All products currently being ordered from the company will present graphically above a calendar and the patient merely drags and drops a product onto the calendar at the desired time to be notified. The patient then selects the number of tablets or units to be consumed at that time. Once this is complete a window will open allowing the patient to put in their mobile phone number, select their carrier and then select their time zone. The patient is then ready to receive messages throughout the day to help remind them to stay compliant with their physician’s directions.

“Over the years we have listened to our clients and the many patients who have struggled to stay on track with their new post-op lifestyle, including consistently taking their vitamins. We believe that iCompli will provide a valuable aid to help alleviate this ongoing issue,” said Tom Kinder, President and C.E.O. of Bariatric Advantage.
For additional information on iCompli, Bariatric Advantage products, and the many other services available from Bariatric Advantage, contact your local sales representative or a customer care specialist can be reached at 800.898.6888 or at customercare(at)bariatricadvantage(dot)com The customer care department is open Monday – Friday from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM Pacific and on Saturday from 7:30AM to 4PM Pacific.

About Bariatric Advantage:
Bariatric Advantage is committed to producing products and services for the weight loss surgery market including surgical programs, patients, support groups and the allied medical professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping improve the lives of the recovering obese patient.

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Bariatric Advantage, a Division of Catalina Lifesciences, Inc. Announces Appointment of Bret Petkus to Vice-President of North American Sales

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) December 30, 2009 -- Bariatric Advantage, a Division of Catalina Lifesciences, Inc. Announces The Promotion of Bret Petkus to Vice-President of North American Sales.

Posted: December 30, 2009

Irvine, CA (Vocus) December 31, 2009

Bariatric Advantage, a Division of Catalina Lifesciences, Inc. Announces The Promotion of Bret Petkus to Vice-President of North American Sales. "Bret has an excellent background in healthcare and in particular Bariatric Surgery. He has been working for the company since November 2008 on a consulting basis and has proven to be a very valuable resource to our organization," stated Thomas Kinder, CEO of Catalina Lifesciences, Inc. parent of Bariatric Advantage.

Mr. Petkus began his healthcare career in 1997 with Johnson and Johnson, Ethicon Endo-Surgical Division in Sales and Sales Management. He moved to Inamed Health in 2002 to help develop the market for the Lap-Band. In 2005 he left Inamed to become Vice-President and General Manager of DayOne Health, a free-standing ambulatory surgery center designed to cater to bariatric surgery. In 2008, he started a The Petkus Group to fill consulting needs in the bariatric surgical marketplace.

Bret's appointment is effective immediately.

About Bariatric Advantage:
Bariatric Advantage is committed to developing products and services for the weight loss surgery market. The clients including surgical programs, patients, support groups and the allied medical professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping improve the lives of the recovering obese patient. Our philosophy is to gather scientific data, provide this data to medical and nutritional experts for their review and analysis, then use this process to guide us in our development of unique nutritional supplements. Finally, we measure and publish the results of the patient experience scientifically through lab and other related tests.

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Bariatric Advantage sets new milestone with RECOVER

Complete Multi-Formula Crystals Provide a Daily Dose of Essential Vitamins and Minerals in a Water Soluble Format

Posted: December 29, 2009
Orange County -

Irvine -- Bariatric Advantage, a Division of Catalina Lifesciences, the market leader in peri-operative nutritional support products for people having undergone weight loss surgery, has provided "no cost" nutritional support products to over 350 patients in 2009! The program, named RECOVER has been embraced by the bariatric surgical community with surgical practices from almost every state in the union participating in this program. The program's success is in large part due to the support of the Obesity Action Coalition whom has helped facilitate the ordering of the products.

"As a company, we feel a great deal of commitment to the surgical programs and healthcare professionals that have been recommending Bariatric Advantage products to their patients for over 7 years, We felt the best way to support them was to help the patients whom use our products daily and felt that it was critical that we find a tangible way to do so", said Thomas Kinder, CEO Catalina Lifesciences, Inc. parent of Bariatric Advantage.

The company is hoping to reach over 2,000 patients in 2010.

bout Bariatric Advantage:

Bariatric Advantage is committed to developing products and services for the weight loss surgery market. The clients including surgical programs, patients, support groups and the allied medical professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping improve the lives of the recovering obese patient. Our philosophy is to gather scientific data, provide this data to medical and nutritional experts for their review and analysis, then use this process to guide us in our development of unique nutritional supplements. Finally, we measure and publish the results of the patient experience scientifically through lab and other related tests.

Contact: Jonathan Lloyd, Vice-President of Operations at 800.898.6888 for addition information.

Re-published at: http://www.dbusinessnews.com/shownews.php?newsid=197755&type_news=latest

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Bariatric Advantage® Launches Highly Anticipated RECOVER® Program Through Obesity Action Coalition

Bariatric Advantage, a Division of Catalina Lifesciences, has launched its highly anticipated RECOVER® program.

Posted: August 26, 2009

Irvine, CA (Vocus) August 26, 2009

Bariatric Advantage, a Division of Catalina Lifesciences, has launched its highly anticipated RECOVER® program. The RECOVER program is directed to the many bariatric surgical programs that are helping less fortunate patients "RECOVER" from obesity through surgical intervention, and or patient's whom have been caught up in the economic downturn and are working to "RECOVER" financially while trying to take care of their health.

"We are grateful that the Obesity Action Coalition has partnered with us to help bring a tremendous program, delivered during a historic time, to thousands of Americans that are suffering from the effects of obesity and that are ill and or in need", state Thomas Kinder, President and C.E.O. of Bariatric Advantage.

The program is available through the Obesity Action Coalition website at obesityaction.org. Click on the RECOVER logo on the home page to learn more or call 800.898.6888 and ask to speak to the RECOVER specialist.

About Bariatric Advantage
Bariatric Advantage is the #1 Physician recommend and most complete targeted nutritional line of products available for patients whom have undergone weight loss surgery. Contact the company at 800.898.6888 or at bariatricadvantage.com.

About Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
The Obesity Action Coalition is an IRS registered 501(c)3 National non profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to those affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to build a nationwide coalition of patients to become active advocates and spread the important message of the need for obesity education.

To increase obesity education, the OAC offers a wide variety of free educational resources on obesity, morbid obesity and childhood obesity, in addition to consequences and treatments of these conditions. The OAC also conducts a variety of advocacy efforts throughout the U.S. on both the National and state levels, and encourages individuals to become proactive advocates. Contact the OAC at (800) 717-3117 or go to obesityaction.org.

Re-published at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/Bariatric_Advantage/Weight_Loss_Obesity/prweb2791364.htm

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Bariatric Advantage® Participates in Social Networks

Bariatric Advantage has been participating in many of the major on-line social networks according to Ed Sinson, On-line Forum and Social Networking Representative.

Posted: July 8, 2009

Irvine, Calif. (Vocus) July 8, 2009

Bariatric Advantage has been participating in many of the major on-line social networks according to Ed Sinson, On-line Forum and Social Networking Representative.

"We have been interacting with clients and weight loss surgery patients through these outlets for several months now and our message has been received extremely well. As a matter of fact, our new "Chewy Bite" product line has been the subject of numerous videos and have garnered thousands of views" said Mr. Sinson.

BariatricAdvantage.com has been accessible since 2002 and has helped the Company become the market leader in micronutrient replacements for the weight loss surgery patient. The products address nutritional issues both pre-operative and post-operative for all bariatric surgical procedures including gastric bypass, gastric sleeves, adjustable gastric banding as well as duodenal switch.

You can Bariatric Advantage at:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=1738189168&ref=profile

http://twitter.com/bariatricadvant

http://www.bariatrictv.com/forum/index.php?board=28.0

For additional information regarding Bariatric Advantage and their addition products and services visit http://www.bariatricadvantage.com or contact the company at 800.898.6888.

Please contact your local Bariatric Advantage sales representative or contact customer care at 800.898.6888 for additional information on the product -- including pricing and sample availability. Our customer care department is open Monday - Friday from 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Pacific and on Saturday from 7:30AM to 4PM Pacific.

About Bariatric Advantage:
Bariatric Advantage is committed to the weight loss surgery market including surgical programs, patients, support groups and the allied medical professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping improve the lives of the recovering obese patient. Our philosophy is simple, gather scientific data, provide this data to medical and nutritional experts for their review and analysis, then use this process to guide us in our development of unique nutritional supplements. Finally, we measure and publish the results of the patient experience scientifically through lab and other related tests.

Re-published at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/pre-operative_diet/pre-operative_nutrition/prweb2616744.htm

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Interest in the Bariatric Advantage® Chewy Bites and Other New Products is at an All-Time High at the ASMBS Conference

Bariatric Advantage, a Division of Catalina Lifesciences, could barely keep up with demand to sample and learn about their new products at the ASMBS conference. The Company located in Booth #1011 had 20-30 healthcare professionals throughout the entire day.

Posted: June 24, 2009

Dallas, TX (Vocus) June 24, 2009

Bariatric Advantage, a Division of Catalina Lifesciences, could barely keep up with demand to sample and learn about their new products at the ASMBS conference. The Company located in Booth #1011 had 20-30 healthcare professionals throughout the entire day. "We have historically experienced great interest in our new product launches at ASMBS. This year our line of Chewy Bites was an even greater success that expected," said Jacqueline Jacques, ND Chief of Scientific Affairs for the Company. Bariatric Advantage is expecting this to be their best conference yet.

Please contact your local Bariatric Advantage sales representative or contact customer care at customerservice (at) bariatricadvantage (dot) com or 800.898.6888 for additional information on the products -- including pricing and sample availability. Our customer care department is open Monday - Friday from 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Pacific and on Saturday from 7:30AM to 4PM Pacific.

About Bariatric Advantage:
Bariatric Advantage is the market leader in micronutrient replacements to the post-operative weight loss surgery market. The company is primarily focused on science, education, and sales support for surgical programs and pre-operative weight loss clinics.

Re-published at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/Bariatric_Advantage/Chewy_Bites/prweb2557724.htm

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Bariatric Advantage® to Introduce Ten (10) New Products at ASMBS

Bariatric Advantage, Division of Catalina Lifesciences will be introducing ten (10) new products at the 26th Annual ASMBS scheduled for June 21-26 in Dallas, TX.

Posted: June 19, 2009

Irvine, CA (Vocus) June 19, 2009

Bariatric Advantage, Division of Catalina Lifesciences will be introducing ten (10) new products at the 26th Annual ASMBS scheduled for June 21-26 in Dallas, TX. "The new products have been developed to meet the growing clinical proof and awareness that appropriate forms of nutrition are important for the immediate and longer term success of the weight loss (bariatric) surgery patient" states Jacqueline Jacques, ND and Chief Science Officer for Bariatric Advantage.

    New Products Available on the Market
  • Calcium Citrate - Chewy Bites
  • Calcium Carbonate - Chewy Bites
  • High Potency Vitamin D Emulsion (liquid) - Drops - 10,000IU per drop
  • High Potency Vitamin A - Capsules
  • Pre-Operative Multi-Formula - Chewable
  • Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids - Chewy Bites
  • Pre-Market Products for Sampling
  • Multi-Formula - Crystals
  • Pro-biotic - Chewable
  • B-1 Thiamine - Chewable

While at the conference, visit booth #1011 to learn more and to sample these exciting new products. If you are not attending, please contact your local Bariatric Advantage sales representative or contact customer care at customerservice(at)bariatricadvantage.com or 800.898.6888 for additional information on the product -- including pricing and sample availability. Our customer care department is open Monday - Friday from 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Pacific and on Saturday from 7:30AM to 4PM Pacific.

About Bariatric Advantage:
Bariatric Advantage is committed to the weight loss surgery market including surgical programs, patients, support groups and the allied medical professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping improve the lives of the recovering obese patient. Our philosophy is simple, gather scientific data, provide this data to medical and nutritional experts for their review and analysis, then use this process to guide us in our development of unique nutritional supplements. Finally, we measure and publish the results of the patient experience scientifically through lab and other related tests.

Re-published at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/Bariatric_Advantage/Nutrition_Products/prweb2541264.htm

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Bariatric Advantage® Announces New Chewy Bite Line of Products for Weight Loss Surgery Patients Have Exceeded Sales Expectations

Bariatric Advantage is excited to announce that the new Chewy Bite Line of products have hit the market commanding new untapped market share.

Posted: June 16, 2009

Irvine, CA (Vocus) June 16, 2009

Bariatric Advantage is excited to announce that the new Chewy Bite Line of products have hit the market commanding new untapped market share. “The market has been demanding a product line for the weight loss surgery population that is sugar free and very low in calories for several years.” The product line consists of Chewy Bites in Calcium Citrate, Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids, Calcium Carbonate and soon to include Multivitamins and Iron. “Bariatric Advantage continues to be the innovator in the market of targeted nutrition for the weight loss surgery patient, the Chewy Bites have been the company’s best product release in its seven year history, said Thomas L. Kinder, President and C.E.O. of Catalina Lifesciences, Inc., manufacturers of Bariatric Advantage®.

Chewy Bites have been developed to provide patients with another effective and delicious way to include essential micronutrients in their daily lives. The products have the following features and benefits:

    Calcium Citrate Chews
  • 250 mg calcium citrate per chew with 125 IU’s of vitamin D3 to support calcium absorption.
  • Sugar Free and only 15 calories per chew.
  • Great taste – the product comes in a delicious Chocolate and a Lemon flavor.
    Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
  • Sugar free with only 20 calories per chew.
  • Great Taste - Berry
  • 160 mg of EPA and DHA combined per chew
  • For weight loss surgery patients whom have undergone a restrictive only procedure like adjustable gastric banding as well as those preparing for surgery.
  • 500 mg of calcium carbonate per chew with 200 IU’s of vitamin D3 to support calcium absorption.
  • Sugar free and only 15 calories per chew
  • Great taste - the product comes in a delicious Chocolate.

For additional information regarding Bariatric Advantage visit http://www.bariatricadvantage.com or contact the company at 800.898.6888.

Please contact your local Bariatric Advantage sales representative or contact customer care at customerservice(at)bariatricadvantage.com or 800.898.6888 for additional information on the product -- including pricing and sample availability. Our customer care department is open Monday – Friday from 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM Pacific and on Saturday from 7:30AM to 4PM Pacific.

About Bariatric Advantage:
Bariatric Advantage is committed to the weight loss surgery market including surgical programs, patients, support groups and the allied medical professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping improve the lives of the recovering obese patient. Our philosophy is simple, gather scientific data, provide this data to medical and nutritional experts for their review and analysis, then use thi

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