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Martek Revenues Grow On International Demand For life’sDHA

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Sales of life'sDHA to international infant formula manufacturers helped drive nutritional oil developer Martek Biosciences' revenue up 18 percent to a record $82.9 million during its fiscal 2008 first quarter, the firm says

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