Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Robinson Pharma Hires R and D, Quality Ops Staff

From Natural Products INSIDER

Robinson Pharma Inc. (RPI) hired Emad Hassan, Ph.D., Hassen Nasri, Ph.D., and expanded its sales team. Emad Hassan obtained his undergraduate in pharmaceutical science with honors from the University of Alexandria, Egypt and completed his Ph.D. in pharmaceutics at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. An expert in drug delivery systems with experience in oral, parenteral, topical, transdermal, liquids, liquid encapsulation and nanotechnology, his record of achievement includes eight issued patents, more than 50 publications and presentations, and more than 200 pharmaceutical products now in the market.

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WILD Flavors, Sterling Technology Form Partnership

From Nutraceuticals World

Adding to its Health Ingredient Technology & Solutions (H.I.T.S.) lineup, WILD Flavors, Erlanger, KY, has established a partnership with Sterling Technology, Brookings, SD, making WILD the exclusive provider of Immunel and Tegricel bioactive milk peptide products. The new partnership will combine Sterling's scientific research expertise in bioactive milk peptides with WILD’s product development and flavor expertise.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Building a Branded Ingredient It Starts and Ends with Science

From Natural Products INSIDER

by Bob Green

Today, branded ingredients are in greater demand than ever before. This is not only due to recent quality issues in the marketplace, but also to the passage of the new cGMPs (current good manufacturing practices). While the responsibility for meeting cGMPs technically falls on finished goods manufacturers, it only follows that manufacturers will look to ingredient suppliers for scientifically supported ingredients that follow strict quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) guidelines. Branded ingredients not only meet these criteria, they provide quality value, as well as safety, security and support—necessary for the long-term viability, confidence and stability of a consumer brand.
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Monday, October 18, 2010

ChromaDex Begins Clinical Trial on Pterostilbene

From Nutraceuticals World

ChromaDex Corporation, Irvine, CA, has initiated a clinical study at the University of Mississippi for pTeroPure pterostilbene, which is chemically related to resveratrol. The novel ingredient is based on the grant of an exclusive worldwide license to all patent rights of pterostilbene from the University of Mississippi. In laboratory tests, pterostilbene has shown promise for improving cardiovascular health, glucose levels, anti-aging and cognitive function—and for possessing cancer-fighting properties.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Announcement: Cost Effectiveness and Safety of Dietary Supplements Symposium

You know that the misinformation regarding supplements in the mass media and on Capitol Hill really angers me, and as you know I have been known to take to the airwaves, videowaves and lecture halls to try to combat it.

Especially now with what has been going with the food "safety" bills in D.C. right now, there is no better time for a scientific symposium that focuses on the safety of nutritional supplements while also discussing the cost-effectiveness data, something particularly relevant in today's troubled, slowly recovering economy.

With that in mind, I wanted to remind all of you about a very exciting conference that's coming up in the second half of November, on Thursday, November 18th, entitled the:

Natural Health Research Institute (NHRI) 5th Annual Scientific Symposium, “Natural Products – Cost-Effectiveness & Safety of Dietary Supplements”

Session 1: Cost Effectiveness of Natural Products will be chaired by Ron Watson, PhD. Chairman of NHRI, Dr. Watson has edited 60 biomedical books, particularly in nutrition and food sciences. He has directed several NIH funded biomedical grants relating to immune function and cardiovascular effects. He is an internationally recognized CAM researcher, nutritionist and immunologist. Professor Watson is a distinguished member of several national and international nutrition, immunology, and cancer societies, having published 450 research papers and reviews.

Session 1 will also feature Dr. Paul Coates, director of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements and Michael Morton, the cofounder of Nourish America (formerly called Vitamin Relief USA).

Session 2: Safety of Dietary Supplements will be chaired by Russell M. Jaffe, Ph.D., M.D. Dr. Jaffe is President of PERQUE LLC, a firm producing items for practitioners. Formerly he was an official at the National Institutes of Health and Clinical Center in Bethesda, the US Public Health Service, and on the editorial board of The New Physician. For the past four years he has been selected as one of America’s Top Physicians, and selected as International Scientist of the Year in 2003 at Oxford. His published research includes over 400 papers in the areas of clinical and nutritional immunology, toxic minerals, hormones, and chemical disruptors, and autoimmune disease.

Session 2 will also feature: Dr. Bruce Ames, Dr. Rick Kingston and Dr. John Hathcock.

The symposium, to be held at the Hilton at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Illinois will be attended by scientists, medical researchers, practitioners and other interested professionals. Additional information will be announced in the coming weeks.

As a board member of the NHRI, I am especially excited about this powerful symposium. We will be making additional information, including audio recordings, available in the near future for those reporters and industry science and safety executives who cannot physically be there.