MADISON, TN March 13, 2019 – Vireo Systems, Inc. and the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska have reached a settlement agreement with GNC Holdings, Inc. in the patent infringement case filed in United States District Court, Omaha, Nebraska.
Vireo and the University co-own 6 patents on creatine hydrochloride (also referred to as creatine HCl or C-HCl) and GNC offers products containing creatine hydrochloride. The molecule has become one of the most popular forms of creatine and has now been the subject of nearly a dozen lawsuits filed by Vireo and the University, all of which have reached settlement.
Terms of the agreement are confidential but GNC has signed a license to the patent portfolio and will expand its business relationship with Vireo. Going forward, GNC products containing creatine HCl will either be made by Vireo or contain Vireo’s creatine HCl. In addition, GNC and Vireo will seek to grow the ProMera Sports and Vireo product offerings available at GNC. These products include the original and ground-breaking CON-CRET® creatine HCl, PRE™ pre-workout supplement, PUMP™ nitric oxide supplement, ClariFast® skin clarifier, SANZ® Sport Laundry Detergent, pH-W® personal hygiene wipes, and other products included on GNC.com.
“In reaching a settlement agreement with GNC, we are pleased they are helping to set an example and fulfill their role as a leader in the health and wellness market,” said Mark Faulkner, President of Vireo Systems. “Our companies working together through this matter has been important in improving the overall ethics of the sports nutrition market.”
About Vireo Systems:
Vireo develops and manufactures healthy, holistic products for people and pets. Market areas include sports nutrition through its ProMera Sports division, as well as innovative, safe, and effective consumer products for women’s health, animal health, and household goods (from pain relief to the market’s top performing holistic laundry detergent). For more information visit www.vireosystems.com and www.promerasports.com. Vireo Systems, Inc, and ProMera Sports are headquartered near Nashville, Tennessee with an additional manufacturing facility in Plattsmouth, Neb.