VitaK is partner of the Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM) and a 100% daughter organisation of the Maastricht University. Besides its academic research program, VitaK operates as a CRO offering its human trial center for collaboration with the health food and pharmaceutical industry and is a strong partner in developing new health food formulations and pharmaceutical products. In its biochemistry laboratories new biomarkers (e.g.: MGP) are developed for the diagnostics industry and offered to third parties as unique tests in VitaK’s routine diagnostics center. VitaK’s research is mainly focused on cardiovascular and kidney disease, as well as on bone and cartilage metabolism. In collaboration with the Maastricht University, VitaK offers an education program for PhD-students and a consultancy service at academic level.