Speakers

  • Andrea Zangara
  • Andrea Zangara

  • Scientific Marketing Manager
  • Euromed S.A.
  • LinkedIn Andrea Zangara
  • Following graduation in Clinical Psychology (Italy), Andrea specialized in Clinical psychopharmacology (University College London, UK). He spent several years in UK and Australia, working both in the Academia and the Industry and covering research, management and executive roles. Andrea has more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical and nutraceutical research, development, innovation and marketing.

    Previous roles include Research Associate at Cognitive Drug Research (CDR Ltd, UK), Lab Manager and Research Officer at Northumbria Universty (UK) and R&D Director at Soho Flordis International (SFI, Australia), Medical Advisor at Ginsana SA (Switzerland), founder and Director of consulting firm NaturalPowerMeds (Spain). Since November 2017 he is Scientific Marketing Manager at Euromed, a leading producer of standardized herbal extracts founded in 1971.

    His postgraduate studies include a Master Degree in Clinical Phytotherapy (University of Barcelona) and several courses on naturopathy, regulatory, and clinical research. He is Adjunct Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University, Australia, and collaborates with expert groups at International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Europe, the Medicinal Plant Research Centre (UK) and the Italian Society of Pharmaceutical Medicine (SIMeF). He is author or co-author of over 30 between research papers, review articles, book chapters or books, being the last one on Modern Mediterranean diet.
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  • Euromed S.A.

  • Brian Appell
  • Brian Appell

  • Marketing Manager
  • OmniActive Health Technologies
  • LinkedIn Brian Appell
  • Brian Appell is currently the Marketing Manager at OmniActive Health Technologies. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition. For the last 20 years, Brian has worked in the natural products industry in product development, business development and marketing. Additionally, as a writer and editor, he has collaborated on several books and contributes to various health and wellness publications.

  • OmniActive Health Technologies

  • Diane Ray
  • Diane Ray

  • Vice President of Strategic Innovation
  • NMI
  • LinkedIn Diane Ray
  • Diane Ray is vice president of strategic innovation for the Natural Marketing Institute. She has a broad range of experience in the dietary supplement industry and related industries. Diane will give us a look at what NMI’s data tells us about the Healthy Aging market.

  • NMI

  • Dr. Emad Al-Dujaili
  • Dr. Emad Al-Dujaili

  • Reader in Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Queen Margaret University and Edinburgh University
  • LinkedIn Dr. Emad Al-Dujaili
  • Dr Emad Al-Dujaili currently works at the Centre for Cardiovascular Science, The University of Edinburgh as an Honorary Professor. He is also involved in several research projects and consultancy at other Universities on Nutrition, Polyphenols and Health in addition to trouble-shooting in the hormone estimation by immunoassay techniques. His current projects are ‘Plant polyphenols and Antioxidants in the prevention of contemporary disease, Measurement of Steroid hormones in biological fluids (Saliva, urine and plasma), Physiology and pathophysiology of the HPA axis and Stress and Effect of Diet and Exercise on the production and secretion of Steroid hormones.

    Among his qualifications: B.Sc. Honours (Pharmaceutical Sciences), MSc in Steroid hormones analysis, Ph.D. Clinical Biochemistry (Endocrine) from Dept. of Clinical Medicine, St. Bartholomew`s Hospital Medical School, University of London. He has taken various posts in Academia and Industry in the UK and abroad. Duties included teaching, training, research, management and administration. At national and international conferences, he presented research papers regarding the effect of certain food constituents and exercise on androgens and cortisol levels in men and women. He has published large number of reviews and papers in collaboration with several national and international institutes in the fields of Nutrition, immunoassay developments, production of polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies, Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis, hypertension, adrenal pathophysiology and control of adrenal steroidogenesis.
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  • Queen Margaret University and Edinburgh University

  • Dr. Sara De Pelsmaeker
  • Dr. Sara De Pelsmaeker

  • Product and Business Development Manager
  • Rousselot
  • Sara De Pelsmaeker graduated as a Bio-Engineer in Food Technology and Nutrition in 2009 at Ghent University. She obtained her Doctoral Degree in Applied Biological Sciences in 2016 at Ghent University with an expertise in sensory analysis. During her PhD she was also a teaching assistant for the department Agricultural Economics. Her first job was as a Sensory Specialist for the Coca-Cola Company where she later transferred to the R&D department focusing on adult sparkling drinks.

    Since 2018 she has joined Rousselot as a Product and Business Development Manager focusing on the business development Peptan brand for EMEA and supporting the gelatin business in North-West Europe.

  • Rousselot

  • Frank Engel
  • Frank Engel

  • Global Market Development Manager Peptan
  • Rousselot
  • Frank Engel holds a Bsc. in Health Sciences and a Msc. in Health Food Innovation Management. He has several years of experience in multiple commercial, analytical and technical sales roles in the Food and Ingredients business before he joined Rousselot in 2018.
    In his role as Global Market Development Manager, Frank will support Rousselot’s customers in any matter regarding Peptan products. This involves support on both technical and commercial level, and during first implementation and expanding phases.

  • Rousselot

  • Graham Rigby
  • Graham Rigby

  • Head of Innovation
  • Care/Of
  • LinkedIn Graham Rigby
  • Graham Rigby, Head of Innovation, Care/of, is a product development specialist with a track record of multiple successful innovation launches in the health and wellness category across dietary supplements, tea, beverages and foods.
    Graham takes an active role in advocacy with a personal drive to further the role of herbal and dietary supplements into personal self-care and has served in multiple leadership roles for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).
    Graham now leads innovation development for Care/Of, a firm that brings refreshing, honest and true personalization to purchasing vitamins and supplements.

  • Care/Of

  • Guru Ramanathan Ph.D., MBA
  • Guru Ramanathan Ph.D., MBA

  • Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President
  • General Nutrition Corporation
  • LinkedIn Guru Ramanathan Ph.D., MBA
  • Guru Ramanathan Ph.D., M.B.A., is Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President for Pittsburgh based General Nutrition Corporation (GNC). His responsibilities include Scientific Affairs, Regulatory Compliance, Quality Assurance and Control, Clinical Trials Management, Technology Acquisition, Alliance Management, Product Development and Manufacturing Operations for GNC’s Global Markets.

    Dr. Ramanathan’s industry experience spans Clinical care, Pharma, Consumer health, Animal health and the Retail sectors. Prior to his current appointment with GNC, Dr. Ramanathan was a Senior Director for Royal Numico’s US subsidiaries. Before this he was Medical Director for the US subsidiary of Scotia Pharmaceuticals. He has also held various industry consulting, research and teaching appointments in India and the US.

    Dr. Ramanathan holds an MBA in general management from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business majoring in global business practices. He earned his Ph.D. from Tufts University in Healthcare Innovation Management.

    Dr. Ramanathan is a dentist by discipline specialized in cranio-facial growth and development with over 30 years of clinical and research experience both within and outside the US. He has managed and conducted over 100 clinical studies, made more than 40 international scientific presentations, industry-sponsored seminars and workshops at various venues, leading to several publications in peer reviewed journals and consumer magazines.

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  • General Nutrition Corporation

  • Hank Schultz
  • Hank Schultz

  • Deputy Editor
  • NutraIngredients-USA.com and FoodNavigator-USA.com
  • LinkedIn Hank Schultz
  • Hank Schultz is the Senior Correspondent for NutraIngredients-USA and FoodNavigator-USA.
    He has experience in the dietary supplements and food business and also in the daily newspaper industry, where he was an editor with the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado.

  • NutraIngredients-USA.com and FoodNavigator-USA.com

  • Irene Kerbergen, MS, Economics & Business
  • Irene Kerbergen, MS, Economics & Business

  • Market Analyst
  • Innova
  • LinkedIn Irene Kerbergen, MS, Economics & Business
  • Irene Kersbergen is a market analyst at Innova Market Insights, an international market research company that tracks new food and beverage product launches. Irene holds a master’s degree in Economics and Business and is specialized in consumer behavior and marketing. Within Innova she uses her commercial knowledge and analytical skills to provide Innova’s customers the insights they need to succeed.

  • Innova

  • Katie Bond
  • Katie Bond

  • FTC & FDA Attorney, Partner
  • Amin Talati & Upadhye, LLP
  • LinkedIn Katie Bond
  • Katie Bond, a partner in the law firm Amin Talati Upadhye, provides regulatory counseling and litigation support in matters involving a variety of consumer products, including dietary supplements, foods, and cosmetics and sports equipment. She regularly reviews product labeling and advertising to determine compliance with federal regulations.
    As needed, she assists clients in identifying and working with well-credentialed, independent scientific experts to ensure that claims are properly substantiated.

  • Amin Talati & Upadhye, LLP

  • Lynda M. Doyle, M.S., Human Nutrition
  • Lynda M. Doyle, M.S., Human Nutrition

  • S.V.P. Innovation
  • OmniActive Health Technologies
  • LinkedIn Lynda M. Doyle, M.S., Human Nutrition
  • Lynda supports the industry by spurring on new and unique opportunities as OmniActive’s S.V.P. Innovation. Lynda earned her MBA from Pace University, New York in Marketing and International Business followed by her MS in Human Nutrition from University of Bridgeport. Doyle has held many posts in DCAT since 1993 including president (2005-2006), as well as director, regional VP, and advisory council member (2006-2009). Lynda has extensive nutrition, marketing and business development experience, having entered the dietary supplement and functional food industries in 1989.

  • OmniActive Health Technologies

  • Marc Brush
  • Marc Brush

  • Principal
  • Bend LLC
  • LinkedIn Marc Brush
  • Marc Brush is a principal in Bend LLC, a consultancy focused on innovation and market intelligence in food, dietary supplements, and personalized medicine. Marc is also the co-host of Natch 9000, a popular podcast for industry news and takes. Prior to Bend, Marc was the editor-in-chief of Nutrition Business Journal.

  • Bend LLC

  • Mark JS Miller, PhD, MBA, FACN, CNS
  • Mark JS Miller, PhD, MBA, FACN, CNS

  • Principal
  • Kaiviti Consulting, LLC
  • LinkedIn Mark JS Miller, PhD, MBA, FACN, CNS
  • Dr. Mark Miller has made significant contributions as both researcher, entrepreneur and marketer in the fields of health & medicine. For three decades, he was an elite biomedical researcher & Medical School Professor. Driven by broad curiosity and a remarkable ability to find new ways of understanding & managing health and disease, he has made major contributions to many fields of medicine.

    In the business world he has been a successful entrepreneur, product developer, marketer and social media and consumer education. He remains a passionate advocate for sharing better information in order to make better decisions & achieve superior outcomes.

  • Kaiviti Consulting, LLC

  • Paul Clayton, Ph.D.
  • Paul Clayton, Ph.D.

  • Chief Scientific Advisor
  • Gencor™
  • LinkedIn Paul Clayton, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Clayton is UK’s leading expert in the fast-developing science of pharmaco-nutrition. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Food, Brain and Behavior (Oxford), Plenary Chair of Vitafoods (Geneva) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Pecs (Hungary).
    He is a former president of the Forum on Food & Health at the Royal Society of Medicine (London), and is currently a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Arts.

  • Gencor™

  • Sandra Einerhand, PhD
  • Sandra Einerhand, PhD

  • Founder Consultant Speaker
  • Einerhand Science & Innovation BV
  • LinkedIn Sandra Einerhand, PhD
  • Dr Sandra Einerhand is the founder of Einerhand Science & Innovation BV, a consultancy providing nutritional solutions to infant formula, medical foods and other food (ingredient) companies. She also is a partner of Nutrition Consultants Cooperative (NCC) and works as fellow for Presans, a Paris-based service provider in high-end open innovation. Sandra advises companies on innovation, nutrition and health related topics and regularly speaks at conferences and exhibitions.

    Before 2015, she worked for Danone Nutricia Research (NL) 2011-2015, Tate & Lyle Ingredients (F) 2007-2011 and Lipid Nutrition (NL) 2004-2007 as Scientific Program Director and Nutrition & Health Director leading large scientific programs to bring new natural ingredients, prebiotics, probiotics, lipids, infant formulas and (medical) food products to the market with scientifically proven health benefits yielding several patents.

    During the first part of her career (1992-2004) she worked as assistant (AMC, Amsterdam) and associate professor (ErasmusMC, Rotterdam) specialized in prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases in children and published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and secured fundraising from national and international organizations. She studied Chemistry in Amsterdam and has a PhD in Biomedicine.

    She has more than 20 years of experience in business-oriented research management and innovation in nutrition (including medical foods), gut and metabolic health.

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  • Einerhand Science & Innovation BV

  • Stefanie Specht
  • Stefanie Specht

  • Customer Service & Marketing Assistant
  • Euromed S.A.
  • Stefanie Specht is Customer Service representative and Marketing Assistant at Euromed S.A. and joined the company in 2007.

  • Euromed S.A.