ABOUT US

History of EquiNectar and the team behind its research and development

HISTORY

FOUNDATION

THAROS™ was born out of collaboration between Dr Rosemary Waring (Honorary Reader of Toxicology, Birmingham University) and Professor John Hunter (Consultant Emeritus in Gastroenterology, Addenbrooke’s Hospital) in the area of gut health, malfermentation and the microbiome.

TIMELINE

2009 – Professor John Hunter publishes a comparison of the human and horse gut. This leads to the identification of low pancreatic enzyme activity and too-rapid digestion as possible explanations for horse digestion problems.​


2010/11 – Prof Hunter and Dr Rosemary Waring identify enzyme rich malt extract (ERME) as a source of enzymes to compensate for lack of adequate pancreatic enzyme activity in horses.


2012 – ERME is tested in horses at a flat racing yard ranked in the top 5 in the UK. The horses show significantly improved condition and run better. Careful stool analysis shows a drop in acetate, which means nutrients are being better absorbed in the gut.


2013 – The trial racing yard puts all his horses on ERME.


2015 – A pilot study in laminitis helps to identify a potential biomarker for detection of the condition. A different study, managed through a separate company, tests ERME in humans who have similar problems: the results are positive.


2016 – Tharos Ltd is formed to commercialise ERME.


2016 to 2018 – EquiNectar® is developed and the scientific programme is consolidated. The clinical and product development programme is optimised to focus on laminitis and wider animal health.

TEAM

DOUGLAS DUNDONALD

Chairman

HARRY PAUL

CEO

BEN NEDAS

Chief Commercial Officer

JO ASTON

Head of Sales

PROFESSOR JOHN HUNTER

Director & Scientific Advisor

DR ROSEMARY WARING

Director & Scientific Advisor

CATHERINE RUDENKO

Equine Nutritionist

VICTORIA PHILLIPS

Animal Nutritionist