Non, this is not a new miracle cure. Rather, it is an original way for Raspberry Scientific to meet its own financial obligations. “Medical research is expensive and each new partnership requires financial compensation from the company,” explains Vincent Blouin, sales manager of Vinaigrerie Artisanale Mc Duff, the food division of Raspberry Scientific.
“We have created a tasty vinegar made from raw cane sugar – the ancestor of brown sugar – whose sales profits are 100% reinvested in biomedical R&D at Raspberry Scientific. Thus, purchasing our products becomes a way for the population to come to the aid of patients suffering from Lyme disease who are in great need of it. We also accept donations, ”concludes Mr. Blouin.
At the end of Lyme disease prevention month, the company announces the closing of a round of funding for a total amount of $ 500,000 used to support the development of a new screening test, announces François -Olivier Mc Duff, CEO of Raspberry Scientific.
This funding marks an important step towards commercialization for this company, which originated from the University of Sherbrooke.
“I myself have been battling Lyme disease for over 15 years. I founded Raspberry Scientific to meet the growing need of patients suffering from this disease who cannot obtain a satisfactory diagnosis, despite severe and chronic symptoms that can ruin their lives, ”adds Mr. Mc Duff.
A great fan of hiking, François-Olivier Mc Duff’s life changed completely following the appearance of the first symptoms of Lyme disease in 2005. “I took a few days excursion to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. When I returned, I thought I had caught a big flu, ”he said in a press release.
“Several weeks later, my condition deteriorated without any doctor being able to tell me why. I have never been able to hike again since. “