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June 17, 2013 – Joelle Thompson, Saskatoon Express

Talking to Dave Grainger is like sitting in the front row of a performance. His voice crescendos when he gets excited, he shifts around with unbridled energy and he often uses his hands to emphasize a point.

That is why it’s hard to believe that Grainger has just come off a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week treatment of chemotherapy. But Grainger, who was diagnosed with leukemia in April, has a story to tell and cancer be damned, he’s going to tell it.

“Giving blood could very well have saved my life,” said Grainger, sitting comfortably on his couch at home during his recovery week. “I was going in to give my 166th consecutive pint of blood, and for the first time in my life since I was 20 years old, I got rejected.”

Rewind to 1975. Grainger, then 20, was a naval officer in Victoria, B.C., and was just issued a bet to go down to the local blood clinic and donate a pint. He, as well as another half-dozen officers, accepted the challenge.

“I remember we were standing in line, getting ready to do our screening and we had one great, big athletic guy and he just started turning white at the thought of having to be stuck with a needle,” Grainger said with a chuckle. “It was funny. Anyhow, we all gave blood that evening and it worked well for me and I thought, ‘Hey, I’m going to do this.’ ”

Grainger stuck to his word – and how! From Victoria to Peterborough to Regina to Winnipeg and finally Saskatoon, Grainger would wait his required number of days and go back to the clinic to donate another pint. He joined the seven per cent of the population in Saskatchewan that regularly donates, which is three per cent above the average in Canada. He remembers when 100 pints was his goal, though he’s far beyond that number now.

What Grainger never expected was that his lifelong giving would lead to his diagnosis of leukemia. In for a routine donation on March 16, Grainger was rejected as a donor because his iron counts were low. A nurse at the Canadian Blood Service recommended he go see a doctor.

“I was thinking there must be something wrong with their screening test. I’ve never been turned down. I was a little bit offended,” said Grainger with a laugh. “So I ended up getting a blood test and the next week my family doctor called and said, ‘I need you to come in and see me.’ When I came in, he said all my blood counts were half of normal. We did more tests; the results were all the same.”

Weeks later, Grainger had his bone marrow biopsy, which determined that he had an aggressive case of pre-leukemia. Grainger went straight into an intense round of week-long chemotherapy. It took three weeks in hospital for him to recover.

Moira Kohlenberg, community development coordinator with Canadian Blood Services, said this is the first time she’s heard of anything like this in the Saskatoon clinic.
“We don’t want people to think we’re in the business of diagnosing anything, but that was helpful to him,” said Kohlenberg. “In David’s case, he took the advice that Health Canada says to go to the doctor and he was diagnosed.”

Grainger was not experiencing any physical symptoms at the time he was rejected as a blood donor.

“Early detection is vital in any kind of a cancer diagnosis. So my family doctor said, ‘You got a lucky break. You got to thank the blood service for what they did. They got things started.’ ”

But Grainger doesn’t just want to say thank you. He wants to do something for the Canadian Blood Service clinic in Saskatoon.

“I remember I was hooked up to a bag of platelets and a bag of blood. I got out of bed and I looked at the tag of each bag to see when they were collected,” said Grainger. “I got thinking some Joe Schmo just like me went in on their Saturday morning to give their donation. They spent the hour, gave their pint, had the snack afterward and went on home, never thinking about where it would go or who it would impact.

“I’ll tell you, tears welled up in my eyes . . . that was me for 38 years on the other end, just giving. And here I am now receiving. Before this is done, it’s common for bone-marrow transplant patients to require 50-60 pints of blood. That’s a third of what I’ve given since that day in 1975.”

Grainger’s goal is to replace himself as a donor. Now that the Canadian Blood Service has lost a loyal donor, Grainger wants to find someone who will be as committed as passionate about the process as he was, and he’s starting a campaign in Saskatoon to do just that.

“We have about 400 donors a week come through our doors,” said Kohlenberg. “To meet our supply of blood needed for the hospital, we’d like to see about 500 people a week. We’re always looking for more. This summer alone in Saskatoon, and really the entire North, we need about 800 new donors to come through our doors to meet that demand. Summer can be tough because of motor collisions and regular donors going on holidays and deviating from their normal routine.”

Grainger wants to do his part.

“I’ll never be able to donate again. Once you have cancer, that’s it,” said Grainger. “I thought, ‘Let’s see how many people that know me would go in and give at least one pint of blood in my name. And out of that, maybe some people will become regular donors.’ The company I work for (Bioriginal) said this was a great idea and were generous enough to sponsor the campaign and offer an incentive for these new donors.”

The incentive is an iPad 2. Those eligible are new donors or those who have given blood before, but not in the last few years. Donors can book an appointment with the Canadian Blood Service clinic located at 325 20th Street East, and tell the nurse they are giving their pint of blood in honour of Grainger. There is a catch. By the end of August, they must donate a second pint of blood to be entered in the draw.

“I want to drive new donors,” said Grainger. “Boy, if I could get a couple of hundred new donors going in there this summer, and out of that maybe a dozen people say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be as committed as he was.’ If I could replace myself that many times, mission accomplished.

“It’s good for you, it’s healthy. Every time you donate, they record your blood pressure and your pulse, so you have a record of your health history. On top of that, just last November Health Canada instituted a new policy that if you were rejected you had to go talk to the nurse and they can forward you to your doctor. It’s an extra screening process, one that saved my life and perhaps could save others’ too.

“It saves lives, simple as that,” added Kohlenberg. “You can’t manufacture blood; you can’t buy it at a drug store. So we rely on other people’s generosity with their time. And you never know when you might need it yourself, as in David’s case. If you’ve never donated, this is the time to come forward. David is an example of what is going on in hospitals. Every minute, every day someone needs blood in Canada. That is a statistic.”

Join Grainger’s campaign on Facebook under the event Saskatoon Summer Blood Drive 2013. To keep updated on his progress, visit

Those who would like to book a time to donate blood can make an appointment at or call 1-888-2-DONATE (366283). Inquiries about blood donation can also be made at that number, 24 hours a day. The draw for the iPad 2 will be at Bioriginal’s 20th anniversary event on Sept. 7.

June 11, 2013

Last week Bioriginal entered a team and participated in the “Riderville North” Flag Football Cup Challenge in Saskatoon.  The event took place as part of celebrations leading up to the 101st Grey Cup in Regina this November with all proceeds donated to Saskatoon Minor Football to assist in efforts to improve the football field and amenities at Gordie Howe Park in Saskatoon.

Throughout the week games were held during the lunch hour, with the tournament finals concluding at Griffiths Stadium on Friday evening.  While team Bioriginal didn’t take home the trophy, it was a fantastic week of flag football, getting to know people from other local businesses, and a lot of fun.

Bioriginal would like to congratulate team Potash Corp. #1 for winning the event and becoming the first ever Challenge Cup champions!

Click here to view a slideshow of the event.

Saskatoon, Canada – May 31, 2013

Bioriginal, the global Omega Solution company, is pleased to announce today the conclusion of its management buy-out, led by its existing management team in partnership with Westbridge Capital Ltd.

“This shift in our ownership marks a significant and positive new direction for our company. We are putting the power into the hands of our experienced senior management team, and with plans to build on our core competencies for key strategic initiatives, I am excited to be leading our company into this next phase of our growth.” Says Joe Vidal, CEO of Bioriginal.

Michael Meekins, President of Westbridge stated “Bioriginal is a perfect example of the thematic focus of our investments, founded in 1993 as a value added processor of oilseeds, it has since leveraged its core competency into a global customer base and supply chain, becoming a critical partner to participants in the rapidly growing Omega industry. Joe and his team have developed an exciting company, positioned well for the future and we are excited to partner with them on this transaction”.

Bioriginal, a pioneer in the omega industry for over 20 years, develops proprietary processes and innovative science-based omega solutions with both plant and marine-based omegas. Their secure vertically integrated supply chain is the base for their unique business approach, which combines technical, scientific and industry expertise to create customer and market-driven omega solutions.

“There is substantial growth and global competition within our industry, with increasing demands for supply and innovation.” Says Vidal. “Our strategy is to anticipate trends and create strategically aligned relationships to help our customers compete. We are noticing now an unprecedented number of disparate omega trends developing; krill oil, coconut, flaxseed and vegetarian options, concentrates and alternative delivery systems, to name a few. Bioriginal is uniquely positioned to meet emerging trends and develop innovative omega-based products that fit our customer’s specific business need to help them differentiate and succeed in this space.”

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ABOUT Bioriginal
Bioriginal is a global leader in delivering complete omega solutions to the Food and Nutraceutical industries. With over 20 years of global expertise in plant and marine-based omegas, Bioriginal has carved out a niche by scientifically combining ingredients from all over the world, directly from the source, to create unique and efficacious solutions. Bioriginal has developed proprietary methods and systems to provide customized turnkey solutions for our customers that help them compete and win in a highly competitive space. Bioriginal is headquartered in Saskatoon, Canada, with facilities in Europe, Asia and North America. For more information, please visit

ABOUT Westbridge Capital Ltd.
Westbridge is a private equity management company. Westbridge focuses exclusively on real estate and private equity investments that by their nature have little correlation to publicly listed securities and may be used to diversify a portfolio and reduce overall portfolio risk and volatility.

Bioriginal – For additional information, please contact:

Kelly Shone
Marketing Director
Bioriginal North America
Phone: 1-306-975-1166
Email: [email protected]

Marianne Warnaer
Marketing & Key Account Manager
Bioriginal Europe/Asia
Mobile: +31 6 13555162
Email: [email protected]

Westbridge Capital Ltd. – For additional information, please contact:

Michael Meekins
Westbridge Capital Ltd.
Phone: 1-306-668-1919
Email: [email protected]

May 27, 2013

The Bioriginal team traveled to Geneva last week to exhibit at Vitafoods 2013. Bioriginal would like to thank everyone that visited our booth, and helped make the show such a success!

“This year we shared our stand with our partners Olympic Seafood. This helped us to promote the RIMFROST KRILL COLLECTION, together with the Olympic team. The exhibition was very positive, with lots of existing and new contacts stopping by, and lots of interest in our Omega solutions and concept products.” Says Marianne Warnaer, Marketing and Key Account Manager at Bioriginal Europe/Asia.

Overall the show was a great success. There was a lot of interest and great reception of Bioriginal’s concept products, such as the emulsions with High DHA and EPA, the “Beauty from within” and “DHA+Choline”.

Our partners, Olympic Seafood also had a very positive outcome at the show, winning the Environmental Excellence category of the NBT Awards. “We are excited for Olympic Seafood for this very well deserved recognition of their efforts, their impressive ECO-COLLECTING initiative and environmental approach.” Adds Warnaer “We are proud to be an exclusive partner with Olympic and proud to supply increasing amounts of this superior quality krill oil either in bulk or as krill oil capsules.”

Read more about the Environmental Excellence award here.

The Bioriginal team at Vitafoods 2013.

For any information on our product range and the concepts promoted during Vitafoods please don’t hesitate to contact us.

May 16, 2013

The RIMFROST KRILL COLLECTION received recognition for its ecological stewardship at the Vitafoods Europe show. Olympic Seafood won the Environmental Excellence category of the esteemed Nutraceutical Business & Technology (NBT) Awards. The prize trophy was received at the NBT awards gala dinner in Geneva, May 15th.

To read more, please click here.

May 16, 2013

This year marks our 20th year of omega innovation, and to celebrate this milestone, along with many other exciting changes coming up, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website, The new site offers our customers a fresh clean look, user-friendly navigation and all new content.

Developed with our customers in mind, our new website provides resources, scientific articles, product information and industry news. The site also offers further insight into who Bioriginal is, why we’re passionate about what we do and most importantly to us, how we can help you, our customers. You’ll find information and resources on our diverse capabilities, omega expertise and proprietary processes that we use to develop and deliver innovative custom omega solutions to help you differentiate and compete in our increasingly competitive space.

We’ve made it easy to get in touch with us for any information or help you need, with quick contact forms on each page. You can also follow us on our LinkedIn page to stay up to date with our news and events, and connect with our Team to get any additional support you need.

The website will be updated regularly with new features, articles and the latest industry and Bioriginal news. To receive the latest news and information, delivered right to your inbox, you can also sign up for our new omega newsletter, with our first issue launching at the end of May.

We hope you enjoy exploring our new site, and if you have any suggestions or feedback, or If you experience any issues using the new website, please contact us at [email protected].

May 8, 2013

The RIMFROST KRILL sales and marketing team traveled to New York to meet up with both the RIMFROST USA team and distribution partner Bioriginal.

To read more, please click here

April 10, 2013

Bioriginal will be exhibiting at Vitafoods Europe 2013. At this years show, Bioriginal will present: Bioriginal emulsions, Beauty from within concept idea’s and RIMFROST krill oil.

For these and other new concept idea’s please come and visit us at stand #17043.

April 4, 2013

Olympic Seafood has taken a very active position in research right from the beginning with cooperation between various institutions in order to advance the understanding of krill, the Antarctic and the related ecosystem. As part of this ongoing research effort, Dr. Inge Bruheim, Research and Development Director at Olympic Seafood AS, recently presented in the Nordic Centre of Excellence symposium on Food, Nutrition and Health.

To read more, please click here

March 12, 2013

Norwegian Antarctic krill ingredient company Olympic Seafood AS, introduces ECO-COLLECTING™ to the RIMFROST KRILL COLLECTION.

To read more, please click here.