World-renowned nutritional epidemiologist and Harvard educated Dr. James R. Hébert, ScD founded Connecting Health Innovations, LLC (CHI). This company was founded in 2013 as a spinoff from the University of South Carolina (USC). CHI has the support of its partners such as BlueCross BlueShield, the University of South Carolina Specialty Clinics, the University of South Carolina Faber Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia South Carolina-based Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, the USC Office of Economic Engagement, and the Columbia/USC Incubator. CHI owns the licensing rights to the Dietary Inflammatory Index (DII®), which was developed by Drs. Hébert and Nitin Shivappa. The DII® was invented to act as a comprehensive set of tools for use by medical professionals and their patients with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of USA.CHI is the DEFINITIVE RESOURCE for information about dietary inflammation and its effects on the body and society as a whole.CHI owns the right to develop all products associated with the DII.