Howard Foundation

(Reg UK Charity
No 285822)

Established 1982



About the Foundation ...

Foundation Organisation

The Howard Foundation Group of Companies is based upon intellectual property owned by the Howard Foundation and is managed by Howard Foundation Holdings Limited, a UK company.

Until September 2005, the Group owned Cambridge Manufacturing Company Limited, which manufactures and distributes "The Cambridge Diet" throughout the UK and worldwide through a chain of international companies.

The Foundation currently holds patents in the fields of creatine compounds and macular carotenoids including eye health and function. Licences have been granted across the world in respect of these nutriceuticals.

Recent and Future Activities

  • Support for the Howard Foundation Chair of Human Nutrition at the University of Ulster.
  • In association with Teeside University, a series of evidence-based trials of weight management programmes in the primary care environment.
  • Funds for clinical trials involving red wine polyphenols at the University of Ulster and Poznan University, Poland.
  • Funds for the International University of Florida for a clinical trial involving prevention of aged related macular degeneration through nutritional supplementation of macular carotenoids.
  • Purchase of scientific equipment and funds for research on creatine for the University college, Chichester.
  • Donation of scientific equipment for laboratories and funds in support of a new Chair of Medical Sciences at Poznan University, Poland.
  • Toxicology and efficiacy trials in respect of the ocular nutriceutical Mesozeaxanthin through private laboratories in United States and the Waterford Group in Eire.
  • Clinical Trials into carotenoids conducted by Waterford Institute of Technology.
  • Grants to Gordon Conferences (2007-2015).
  • Organisation of Creatine Conference, see
  • Organisation of Conference for Optometrists (2011), see
  • Organisation for Conference on Carotenoids and Macular Pigments (2011, 2013 and 2015), see
  • Supported International Association of Obesity Meeting, 2011 (Scope Summer School).
  • Supported Prostate UK Meetings 2011 and 2013, (
  • Supported pedestrian access works to Carriganore House to assist research into Macular Carotenoids, at the West Campus of Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland (2013), ( Funded establishment of the Howard Laboratory at the same site (2014-2015)
  • Founder Patron of Downing Arts, an organisation to support the College’s Gallery and cultural activities.  Since the opening of the Howard Theatre in 2010 the Foundation has supported architectural societies to visit the College, performances by Downing Drama Society, concerts and lectures.
  • Sponsorship of Tim Rawle to write an illustrated history of Downing College, published in September 2015, see
  • Support for the Howard Foundation Chair in Human Nutrition at Waterford Institute of Technology, current holder, Professor John Nolan, see and
  • Organiser of the “BON” conference at Downing College to be held 11-13 July 2018 to present new scientific finding in the application of macular carotenoids to the brain and eye, see