Skip to main content
ARS Home » Office of Technology Transfer » Nutrient Formulations for Night Shift Workers

Nutrient Formulations for Night Shift Workers
headline bar

Objective:  USDA-ARS is currently looking for companies with expertise in nutraceutical or vitamin supplement development.    


Overview:  ARS researchers in California have developed a nutrient supplement to target nutritional needs of night shift workers.  Preliminary research indicates that people who work at night may be deficient in certain vitamins and minerals.  ARS researchers' theory suggests night shift workers may have poor dietary habits and thus require special nutrient supplements to help them maintain a healthy life style.  The researchers have developed novel combinations of vitamins and minerals that address potential nutrient deficiencies.  There are numerous formulations of vitamins and other supplements, but not target night shift workers.  It is thought that there are 15 million people in the United States that work nights, with many additional millions in other countries throughout the world.  The potential market for such a technology is vast, with roughly 45 percent of the U.S. population currently taking supplements


Industry Type:  The ideal  partner such as a pharmaceutical or food manufacturing company will have expertise in developing this technology into food supplements with unique nutritional contents that target night shift workers, and the ability to contribute both intellectually and financially to the project.  A CRADA partner would need to determine the efficacy or benefits to the target group.


Where:  USDA-ARS, Pacific West Area; WesternHumanNutritionResearchCenter in Davis, California.


Laboratory Mission:  To improve the health of all Americans by creating and testing nutrition interventions, assessing how an individual's environment and genetics affect nutrient metabolism, and providing reliable and reproducible research results for the development of national nutrition policies.     


If your company is interested in learning more about this opportunity, contact our regional Technology Transfer Coordinator:


David R. Nicholson

USDA, ARS, PacificWest Area

800 Buchanan Street, Room 3008

Albany, CA  94710