Speakers

  • Adi Menayang
  • Adi Menayang

  • Correspondent
  • NutraIngredients-USA & FoodNavigator-USA
  • LinkedIn Adi Menayang
  • Adi Menayang is a Chicago-based correspondent for NutraIngredients-USA and FoodNavigator-USA, covering trends, regulation, and innovation in the packaged food and supplements industry. He joined the editorial team in December 2015. He graduated Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Journalism.

  • NutraIngredients-USA & FoodNavigator-USA

  • Barbara A. Davis PhD RD
  • Barbara A. Davis PhD RD

  • Vice President of Medical & Scientific Affairs
  • PLT Health Solutions
  • LinkedIn Barbara A. Davis PhD RD
  • Barbara A. Davis, PhD, RD is Vice President, Medical & Scientific Affairs with PLT Health Solutions. Prior to joining PLT, she was Vice President, Science & Technology for HealthFocus® International, a consumer insights research company. Dr. Davis has also served as Director, Innovation, Nutrition & Claims at The Dannon Company, Inc., Principal Research Scientist at Wyeth Nutrition and was on the faculty of the Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise Department at Virginia Tech, where she developed and directed the grant-funded Molecular Nutrition Laboratory.

    She has expertise in incorporating nutrition into business strategy, designing clinical trials in support of claims, developing scientific substantiation dossiers for health claims in the US and EU and translating science into competitive product positioning opportunities internationally. Barbara received a PhD in Nutrition with an emphasis on nutrient-gene interactions from the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida.

  • PLT Health Solutions

  • Dr. Rudi Moerck
  • Dr. Rudi Moerck

  • CEO
  • Valensa International
  • LinkedIn Dr. Rudi Moerck
  • Dr. Rudi Moerck, CEO of Valensa International, holds a BS degree in Biology from Florida Southern College and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Organic Chemistry. He was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Ohio State and taught chemistry at Ohio State and Ohio Wesleyan University.

  • Valensa International

  • 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

  • James Lugo PhD
  • James Lugo PhD

  • Chief Scientific Officer
  • InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc
  • LinkedIn James Lugo PhD
  • As Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Lugo overseas InterHealth’s R&D activities and its new business ventures. Dr. Lugo has more than 20 years of marketing and business development experience in the pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries with leading companies such as Chugai Pharmaceuticals, Dey LP, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Chiesi Farmaceutici, Sp.A., Bio Rad and Beckman Instruments. His expertise includes product development from concept through launch, new business development, clinical trial design and management, medical marketing, thought leader board management, as well as brand and general marketing management.

    During his 5 year tenure at InterHealth, Dr. Lugo has overseen and participated in the publication of 7 peer-reviewed scientific papers, including one of the first clinical studies carried out in healthy subjects for joint health. Dr. Lugo has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Brooklyn College, a Ph.D. in Immunology from MIT, and an MBA from the University of California (Los Angeles).

  • InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc

  • Jason W. Cooley PhD
  • Jason W. Cooley PhD

  • Research and Business Development Scientist
  • BioCell Technology LLC
  • LinkedIn Jason W. Cooley PhD
  • Jason W. Cooley received his PhD from Arizona State University (2001) working on the biochemistry of cellular energetics and metabolism. Subsequently while at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Cooley received awards from the National Institute of Health and the American Heart Association for his research investigating the role of cellular respiration in diseases and as potential drug targets.

    As a faculty member at the University of Missouri in 2006, Dr. Cooley carried out fundamental research related to Alzheimer’s disease, while teaching bioanalytical and biochemistry courses. Dr. Cooley recently returned home to Southern California to lead the scientific efforts of BioCell technology LLC, the premier collagen based dietary supplement manufacturer.

  • BioCell Technology LLC

  • Jennifer Murphy MS RD LDN
  • Jennifer Murphy MS RD LDN

  • Manager, Research & Development
  • GNC
  • LinkedIn Jennifer Murphy MS RD LDN
  • Jennifer Murphy is a Manager of R&D in the Technology and Product Innovation group at GNC, where she drives early stage discovery and scientific evaluation of new ingredients and technologies. Jennifer completed her MS in Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh and is a Registered Dietitian. She has strong interests in Integrative Medicine and connecting dietary supplement research to healthcare outcomes.

  • GNC

  • John Frame
  • John Frame

  • Vice President, Brand Marketing
  • NBTY
  • LinkedIn John Frame
  • John Frame joined NBTY in May 2004 and currently holds the position of Vice President, Brand Marketing for NBTY’s Consumer Products Group Americas.

    In this role, he is responsible for many of the company’s leading brands, including Sundown Naturals®, Osteo Bi-Flex® and Ester-C®. John has general management responsibility and P&L accountability for these brands, and oversees all strategy, sales and marketing that pertains to them.

    John is a 12 year veteran of the wellness industry, with expertise specifically around vitamins and supplements. Prior to this role, John served as Global Marketing Manager for Marchon Eyewear launching and managing prestigious brands such as Coach, Nautica, Donna Karen/DKNY and Fendi, where he gained domestic and international marketing and brand building expertise.

    His passions for wellness include, big game sport fishing, playing golf and enjoying time with his family and one year old daughter.

  • NBTY

  • Katherine Leaderbrand
  • Katherine Leaderbrand

  • Consumer Health Analyst
  • Euromonitor International
  • LinkedIn Katherine Leaderbrand
  • Katherine Leaderbrand earned her PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University prior to joining Euromonitor International’s team of thought leaders in consumer health in early 2016. She contributes in-depth analyses of global consumer and industry trends in over-the-counter remedies, vitamins and dietary supplements, sports nutrition, and weight management. Her interests lie in how developments within these categories will improve health across the lifespan, with an emphasis on cognitive and emotional wellbeing.

  • Euromonitor International

  • Mai Nygaard
  • Mai Nygaard

  • Global Director Peptan
  • Rousselot
  • LinkedIn Mai Nygaard
  • Mai Nygaard holds a Master of Science degree in biology from the University of Copenhagen (1996) and a Master of Management degree in Innovation from University of South Australia (2010).

    She has 20 years of international experience in B2B in the nutrition, food and beverage industry, working with R&D and Application for food ingredients and strategic marketing in senior management roles.

    Today, Mai is globally responsible for the Peptan collagen peptides at Rousselot.

  • Rousselot

  • Neil E. Levin
  • Neil E. Levin

  • Senior Education Manager
  • Now Foods
  • Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA is the senior education manager for NOW Foods where he is also active in product formulations. Neil is a board certified clinical nutritionist with a diplomate in advanced nutritional laboratory assessment. Neil received an Industry Champion Award from the Natural Products Association and has been published in a number of research journals and his articles and interviews have been featured in a number of newspapers and radio and TV news reports.

  • Now Foods

  • Pat McCullough
  • Pat McCullough

  • Chief Commercial Officer
  • InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc
  • Pat McCullough is the Chief Commercial Officer at InterHealth. He has been in his current role after joining InterHealth in 2014 as the Senior Vice President of Sales. Pat oversees the Sales, Marketing and Customer Satisfaction of InterHealth’s portfolio of brands and customers that now expand to over 60 countries worldwide.

    Pat’s 25 years of Nutritional experience include successful roles at Leiner, Rexall Sundown and Natrol where he oversaw the development of both brand and customer growth domestically and internationally. Pat’s experience includes successful brand and private label management across the Mass Market, Specialty and Health Food segments.

  • InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Inc

  • Richard Schell
  • Richard Schell

  • Nutritional Sales Manager
  • Rousselot
  • LinkedIn Richard Schell
  • Richard Schell is the Nutritional Sales manager for Rousselot North America specializing in Peptan collagen products.

    His background ranges from R+D, Quality Control, and eight years of Quality Assurance experience. Richard graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Biochemistry.

  • Rousselot

  • Rory Lipsky
  • Rory Lipsky

  • Senior Director of Business Strategy
  • Jarrow Formulas
  • LinkedIn Rory Lipsky
  • Rory Lipsky, L.Ac, MBA Marketing Director of Jarrow Formulas. Rory is an acupuncturist and an expert in the field of natural medicine. Rory is the author of the book One Trip Around the Sun, which lays out a holistic plan for using herbs for health and wellness. Rory has almost 20 years experience in the marketing of natural medicine.

  • Jarrow Formulas

  • Stephen Daniells
  • Stephen Daniells

  • Senior Editor
  • NutraIngredients-USA
  • LinkedIn Stephen Daniells
  • Stephen Daniells is the senior editor of William Reed’s flagship North American publications, NutraIngredients-USA and FoodNavigator-USA. He has a PhD in chemistry from the Queen’s University of Belfast and held post-doctoral research positions at the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands) and the University of Montpellier (France).

    He has been writing about nutrition science and food science for over 10 years. After seven years in WR’s French offices, Stephen spent one year in WR’s New York office before moving to Chicago in 2013.

  • NutraIngredients-USA

  • Steve Fink
  • Steve Fink

  • Director of Marketing
  • PLT Health Solutions
  • As Director of Marketing for PLT Health Solutions Steve Fink brings over a decade of marketing, product development and commercialization experience to the company. In his current role, Steve oversees new product launch efforts, and works closely with PLT customers in developing concepts for consumer products featuring PLT ingredients.

    Immediately prior to joining PLT, Steve was the Global Marketing Business Manager for Ajinomoto North America where he led that organization’s B2B and B2C marketing initiatives for branded bulk amino acid portfolios, R&D pre-scale pharmaceutical ingredient portfolios, and retail sports supplements portfolios. In addition to his responsibilities marketing Ajinomoto’s amino acid ingredient line globally, during his tenure at Ajinomoto as Global Marketing Business Manager, Mr. Fink spearheaded the company’s launch of the AjiPure® active lifestyle retail nutrition brand from concept to global commercialization.

    Prior to Ajinomoto, Steve spent 10 years directing marketing and product development efforts in consumer products companies engaged in early learning, youth-targeted products and specialty paper products. Earlier in his career, he practiced law as a patent, trademark, copyright and intellectual property attorney.

  • PLT Health Solutions

  • Susan Mitmesser
  • Susan Mitmesser

  • PhD, Director of Nutrition Research
  • NBTY
  • LinkedIn Susan Mitmesser
  • Susan Mitmesser, PhD, director of nutrition research, NBTY. Susan joined NBTY in 2012, where she provide strategic leadership for innovation and new product development and ensures the scientific integrity of all brands and products. Susan completed her PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry at teh University of Nebraska Lincoln. Susan is also an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University.

  • NBTY