Speakers

  • Anthony Thomas, PhD
  • Anthony Thomas, PhD

  • Science Director
  • Jarrow Formulas
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  • Anthony Thomas, Ph.D. earned his B.A. in Nutrition, Food Science, and Dietetics from California State University Northridge, his doctorate in Nutritional Biology from the University of California at Davis, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California at Los Angeles Larry Hillblom Islet Research Center.

    His primary research interests (via both pre-clinical and clinical studies) have focused on the influence of dietary and lifestyle factors (i.e., physical activity, circadian disruption) on the pathogenesis of chronic cardiovascular/metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. He has authored/co-authored multiple peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and has served as a referee with relevant expertise in the fields of nutrition, obesity, and diabetes for multiple scientific journals.
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  • Jarrow Formulas

  • Anurag Pande, PhD
  • Anurag Pande, PhD

  • Vice President, Scientific Affairs
  • SABINSA CORPORATION
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  • Dr. Pande has been with Sabinsa’s sister company, Sami Labs, since 2004 in a research capacity, and spent several years at Sabinsa Japan’s Tokyo office as Senior Technical Manager. Today, Dr. Pande works from Sabinsa’s Corporate HQ based in East Windsor, NJ, USA.

    Dr. Pande holds a Ph.D. in Phytochemistry from RML Awadh University. He has both a Masters Degree in Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Lucknow University. He is the author of several trade and peer reviewed publications.

    By applying his chemistry knowledge to the ingredients Sabinsa promotes, he brings a refreshing viewpoint of understanding how these ingredients work. In his current capacity, Dr. Pande helps with technical marketing, delivers talks on various health benefits, provides worldwide regulatory support of Sabinsa’s portfolio of ingredients, as well as closely working with customers to help them develop new products and formulations in a time bound manner.

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  • SABINSA CORPORATION

  • George Paraskevakos
  • George Paraskevakos

  • Executive Director
  • International Probiotics Association
  • LinkedIn George Paraskevakos
  • George is the executive director of the International Probiotic s Association (IPA). George has been involved with the probiotic industry since 2007 where he served in various roles from business development to account management with a globally recognized probiotic producer.

    During this time he also served on the IPA board of directors and had 2 mandates as president before taking on the association’s leadership role as executive director. George represents the IPA in the media, to all probiotic industry stakeholders, and in appearances at conventions, conferences, and other symposiums.

    Some of the on-going IPA initiatives for the probiotic industry that he is piloting are, outreach programs to different regulators around the world, education platforms for health care providers and consumers in the way of probiotic conferences through the IPA and other event company partners and media outlets, expanding IPA offices in other regions of the world, publishing probiotic related papers addressing pertinent subject matter in the industry, blogs through IPA social media platforms, and collaborating with other associations in order to consolidate the probiotic message. IPA is also part of the Advisory council for the newly formed Center for Digestive Health (IFNH) at Rutgers U, and the AEP (Alliance for the Education of Probiotics).

    IPA’s mission is to bridge the gap of all stakeholders in the probiotic sector and be the unique platform where all these entities interact in enabling the probiotic industry’s awareness and growth. George’s focus is to continue driving the positive message for probiotic benefits and have the IPA continue being the Global Voice of Probiotics.

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  • International Probiotics Association

  • Gregor Reid
  • Gregor Reid

  • Director of Canadian R&D Centre for Human Microbiome and Probiotics
  • Lawson Health Research Institute
  • Reid is a world leader in probiotics. He has developed probiotic therapies used by millions around the world, held 28 patents, published >500 peer-reviewed paper, given >600 talks in 54 countries, and has a Google Scholar H factor of 82.

  • Lawson Health Research Institute

  • Hank Schultz
  • Hank Schultz

  • Senior Correspondent
  • NutraIngredients-USA
  • 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

  • Ivan Wasserman, FDA/FTC/CPSC
  • Ivan Wasserman, FDA/FTC/CPSC

  • Partner
  • Amin Talati & Upadhye, LLP
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  • Ivan is one of the nation’s premier attorneys for health, wellness, beauty and other consumer products. Companies of all sizes making, marketing and selling food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics praise the depth of his knowledge and experience, his humor and his ability to maintain the human perspective while leading them through this heavily regulated landscape.

    Frequently cited by the media as a legal authority, Ivan helps his clients launch products and create and execute advertising campaigns that match the clinical evidence they have for their products, paying close attention to the changing rules governing internet marketing, consumer testimonials and social media. Ivan advocates for clients subject to the often overlapping jurisdictions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission. When advertising disputes arise, he regularly represents companies before the National Advertising Division (NAD) and the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program (ERSP). He has been included in Best Lawyers in America from 2007 – 2017.
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  • Amin Talati & Upadhye, LLP

  • Jens Walter, PhD
  • Jens Walter, PhD

  • Associate Professor and CAIP Chair
  • University of Alberta
  • Dr. Walter’s research is primarily concerned with the microbial ecology of the human and animal gastrointestinal tract and the metabolic and immunological interactions between the microbiome and its host in relation to health. He views the interrelationship of gut microbes with their host as a symbiosis and is especially interested in the evolutionary processes that have shaped this partnership and the biological outcomes for both the host and the microbes.

    He is also interested in how environmental factors (such as diet and lifestyle) and historic processes impact the microbial communities in the gut and what consequences their effects have for the host. His research, which is inter-disciplinary and highly collaborative, has resulted in several publications on the evolution of the model gut symbiont Lactobacillus reuteri, the importance of environmental (diet) and host factors (host genotype) on the composition and functionality of the gut microbiota, and the impact of diet on gut microbial ecology in relation to health.
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  • University of Alberta

  • Matthew Roberts, PhD, MBA
  • Matthew Roberts, PhD, MBA

  • Executive Vice President, Chief Technical & Quality Officer
  • Pharmavite
  • LinkedIn Matthew Roberts, PhD, MBA
  • In his role, Matthew oversees Research and Development, Scientific Affairs, Quality and some areas of Regulatory Affairs, with a focus on supporting Pharmavite’s ongoing commitment to be a quality-driven, science-based organization.

    Matthew is a business focused R&D leader with a significant track record of success at organizations including NBTY, Abbott Nutrition and Nestle.

    Matthew holds a Doctorate in Comparative and Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University as well as a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Plant Molecular Biology from Purdue University.
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  • Pharmavite

  • Samantha Ford
  • Samantha Ford

  • Business Development Manager
  • AIDP Inc.
  • Samantha has ten years of experience in the dietary supplement industry, with the majority of her career in clinical research and product development. Samantha received her undergraduate degree in Dietetics from Purdue University and M.S. in Nutrition from Northeastern University.

  • AIDP Inc.