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ChromaDex, Inc
Company typePublic
Russell 2000 Index component
IndustryDietary supplements, food ingredients, chemical sample analysis
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California, United States
Key people
Rob Fried
Frank Jaksch
(Cofounder, Executive Chairman)
ProductsTru Niagen

ChromaDex is a dietary supplement and food ingredient company based in Los Angeles, California founded in 1999 that is publicly traded on the NASDAQ.

In 2011, ChromaDex licensed patents from Dartmouth College, Cornell University, and Washington University in St. Louis regarding nicotinamide riboside, which it markets and sells as an ingredient under the brand name Niagen. ChromaDex licensed patents from the University of Mississippi and the USDA to commercially develop pterostilbene and sell the compound under the brand name pTeroPure.[1] ChromaDex no longer sells pTeroPure.[2]


Founded in 1999 by Frank Jaksch, ChromaDex first acquired licensed Dartmouth patents on nicotinamide riboside in 2012, leading to the commercialization of Niagen in 2013.  

ChromaDex is traded on the NASDAQ (as CDXC) as of April 2016 and was added to the U.S. Small Cap Russell 2000 Index in June 2018.  

In 2017, the company acquired HealthSpan Research LLC and its product Tru Niagen, a standalone nicotinamide riboside supplement, sold direct to U.S. consumers. Also in 2017, ChromaDex raised $48 million to support research and development.  


  1. ^ Neeb, Matthew (2011-06-20). "Ole Miss grants exclusive patent rights to ChromaDex Corp". The Daily Mississippian. Archived from the original on 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  2. ^ Krawiec, Sebastian (2018-10-31). "ChromaDex ceases new pterostilbene orders based on research demonstrating increase in LDL cholesterol". Nutritional Outlook. Retrieved 2020-05-01.

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