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ETAP-Lab has in-depth expertise in producing in vivo proof of the efficacy of naturally derived products having potential health benefits. ETAP-Lab was the first French preclinical services company to position itself on this market, and has been testing innovative functional foods and ingredients for 25 years now.

A proven track record

ETAP-Lab conducted more than 500 studies for 100 clients worldwide, playing a pivotal role for products currently on the market. A total of 70 scientific publications attest to our strong expertise.

Expertise and consultancy for targeting health claims

In partnership with CEN Nutriment, ETAP-Lab offers expert evaluation of your scientific case and advises you on building an optimized R&D project targeting health claims.

A broad portfolio of models customized for functional food/ingredient testing

ETAP-Lab has one of the broadest portfolios of models available in the fields of brain health, metabolism, inflammation and skin health. ETAP-Lab provides original and gold standard models specifically customized for testing functional foods/ingredients.

Our rodent models
by area of expertise


ETAP-Lab conducts preclinical trials in the field of general metabolism and metabolic disorders related to malnutrition, age and gender (excess weight, diabetes, cystitis, prostatic hyperplasia, etc). We also offer to evaluate natural ingredient beneficial effects on ageing and on the prevention of various types of chemoinduced cancers. ETAP-Lab models can be customized for the evaluation of preventive or curative effects of the products tested.

Inflammation / Gut Health

ETAP-Lab evaluates the efficacy of products and ingredients of natural origin on the organism’s immune response when confronted with a microbial infection or a pro-inflammatory attack. ETAP-Lab offers rodent models for general inflammation, or the specific inflammation of certain organs – and in particular, models of intestinal inflammation. Several of these models are original and were developed in rodents at the specific request of clients, among others Gut Health models.


ETAP-Lab provides toxicity studies for food-ingredients, functional foods, and novel foods. Following OECD and US-EPA guidelines, toxicity studies are managed by a senior toxicologist. ETAP-Lab is certified ISO 9001: 2008 for toxicity study realization, as well as consulting, advising and expertise in toxicology.

Skin Health

ETAP-Lab has strong expertise in the field of dermatology research and has developed one of the widest portfolio of original in vivo models. ETAP-Lab has 25 years of market knowledge and recurrent clients amongst Nutrition companies.

Brain Health

ETAP-Lab has an expertise – born of 25 years’ experience in the field of measurement of rodent behaviour – which it applies to evaluation of the beneficial effects of many products such as ingredients of natural origin, on brain health.

Preclinical studies
the indispensable milestone for innovation in health-nutrition

Though the functional foods market is constantly growing, both customers and regulatory authorities are asking for more extended scientific demonstrations of efficacy and innocuity. ETAP-Lab preclinical services support your product development.

Scientific demonstration of efficacy and innocuity

Perequisite for clinical studies

  • Proof-of-concept
  • Dose and treatment protocol estimation
  • Adaptation to the target population

Using data to strenghthen scientific case

  • In support of the marketing and business pitch
  • In support of health claims
  • To obtain novel food authorization