The Krampade Story
Krampade started simply as an experiment by our founder, a medical school professor, who suffered from cramping. As a high school and small college athlete, he would continually cramp, including the ever dreaded hamstring cramps. He suffered from tetany in his hands and feet, unable to “unlock” his hands. There had to be a better way to live life.
At the age of 49, he experimented with consuming potassium chloride (KCl) to relieve cramps, muscle pain, and fatigue. As a medical school professor, he understood the role of potassium in nerve and muscle function and the key role of the kidney in electrolyte balance in the body. But he didn’t appreciate the miracle that potassium could bring to his life.
Suddenly the leg pain and cramps went away! His hands stopped cramping doing simple tasks such as writing and his cramping during competition and exercise as well during everyday life simply vanished. His GI motility returned to normal, and his heart burn just went away. His heart arrythmia disappeared as well. He discovered the miracle of potassium and electrolyte balance. Krampade was born.
His son began using potassium chloride to reduce cramping during high school wrestling practice and competition. After having lost many matches due to severe cramping and end-of-season fatigue, there was now a solution to keep wrestling without cramps and fatigue. At national competitions, if there was an onset of cramps, the higher potassium containing formulation would immediately stop the cramping in about 30 seconds. He went on to wrestle for a leading NCAA Division I university in the B1G and was an All-American in Greco-Roman wrestling during his collegiate career.
From high school to NCAA Division I, II, and III to professional athletes (NFL, WNBA, NHL) to weekend warriors, and people from all walks of life (most of our customers) have found that using the Krampade helps prevent cramps, slow fatigue, and enhance recovery.
Innovation hasn't stopped with our Original formulation.
- Krampade 2.0 launched in early 2020, by adding magnesium and reducing sodium to enhance the taste and function.
- Krampade Fiber launched in early 2021 combining the power of our 2K formulation (2,000 mg of potassium) and soluble fiber (9 g).
- Krampade Recover launched in late spring of 2022 combining the recovery power of our 2K formulation with that of 30 g of whey hydrolysate protein.
- Krampade Complete launched in late spring of 2022, an adult nutrition product with potassium (2,000 mg), protein (30 g), and soluble fiber (9 g).
At Krampade, we continually evolve to invent new and better inexpensive solutions to problems that impact so many Americans. We provide key missing macronutrients in your diet, giving you an opportunity to live your life to the fullest.
We invented Krampade products as a simple solution to end our own issues with cramping, fatigue, and hydration that had just become unbearable. Who knew a simple solution could solve such a myriad of problems that plague so many people by unleashing the power of potassium in their lives.
Eric J. Murphy, Ph.D.
CEO and CSO
Eric J. Murphy, Ph.D. brings a wealth of experience to Krampade as he has over 30 years of experience in industry and in higher education. A former National Research Council senior fellow at the National Institutes of Health, he is a well-known lipid biochemist and former editor-in-chief of a leading scientific journal in his field. At Hastings College (Hastings, NE) he earned his B.A. in biology and history. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry, with an emphasis in lipid neurochemistry, from The Ohio State University. He was named an AOCS Fellow in 2019. Dr. Murphy is currently a professor of biomedical sciences at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He founded CamBioGene in 2022 to leverage the assets of Agragen, LLC and Agragen, OY, a plant biotechnology company focused on developing bioactive lipids and biological pharmaceuticals in Camelina sativa.
When not teaching or conducting research or being innovative, he likes to backstop med school hockey and loves going one-on-one with VP of Research, Development, and Operations. An avid Buckeye, he follows all things Ohio State, so we don't mention that team up north too much at Krampade. He is known as a bit of a neat freak around Krampade, so rest assured our facility is very clean and organized, just like his lab. When not doing all of that, he serves the 43rd District in the North Dakota House of Representative.
Cameron C. Murphy, Ph.D.
V.P. Research, and Development and Operations
Cameron C. Murphy, Ph.D. brings additional experience in science to Krampade. He received his B.A. in chemistry from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska and earned his Ph.D. in the combined nutrition/food science program at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He has worked at Novartis/GSK in a good manufacturing practice environment at their Lincoln, NE facility, bringing additional industrial and manufacturing background to the company. Cameron uses this varied experience to run day-to-day operations and is the formulator extraordinaire for Krampade products.
When he is not busy making Krampade, he officiates ice hockey as a level 4 USA Hockey Official and goes one-on-one with the CEO of Krampade in the other net during pickup med school ice hockey games. Of course the 2020 census wouldn't have made its goal in the Grand Forks region without Cam out there taking names and checking them twice.
2012 Krampade Testing Begins
Founder has the idea to experiment with Potassium to end his chronic cramping and other muscle ailments.
2013 Krampade Brings Relief
A highschool wrestler begins testing the krampade formula and is able to finish matches without any cramps and eventually compete at the next level.
2014 Finding the Perfect Formula
As the pursuit for the perfect formulation is searched for the founders see the need to share Krampade with the world.
2015 Krampade was Born
Krampade is born and starts to help people such as athletes and chronic crampers find relief, and achieve what waspreviously not possible.
2016 Used in NCAA (April)
Used in NCAA DI Men's Hockey National Championship game by champions.
2016 Trademarked (Summer)
Trademarks registered by USPTO.
2017 Performance Drink of the NAHL (Summer)
Named official Performance Drink of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
2018 Expanded Operations
Expanded manufacturing facility in Grand Forks, ND
2019 Completed Public Financing Round
2019 Official Sports Drink Partner of the NCHC (Fall)
Became the Official Sports Drink Partner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).
2019 Recipient of Bioscience Innovation Grant through ND Department of Agriculture (Spring)
Grant funding allows further development and launch of Krampade single serving; opportunity of funding provided through Bio ND and the ND Department of Agriculture.
2020 Official Partner of the WCHA Women's League (Spring)
Became official partner of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Women's League.
2020 Recipient of LIFT Loan Funding (Summer)
Received loan funding through the Innovation Technology Loan Fund (LIFT), manager through North Dakota Department of Commerce and administered by the Bank of North Dakota (BND).
2021 Recipient of Bioscience Innovation Grant through ND Department of Agriculture (August)
Received Bioscience Innovation Grant from ND Dept. Agriculture to formulate and launch Krampade Recover and Krampade Complete $200,000.
2022 FDA Inspected (August)
Our Core Values
Integrity & Ethics
We apply the integrity and ethics of science to our business.
Educate our consumers as to why and how our products work.
Pay forward to aid our communities through broad-based outreach.
Never play on the ignorance or take advantage of our customers.
Being straight forward, honest, and where a handshake still means some thing.
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We believe in and support the American worker and farmer.
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