Speakers

  • Anurag Pande, PhD
  • Anurag Pande, PhD

  • Vice President, Scientific Affairs
  • SABINSA CORPORATION
  • LinkedIn Anurag Pande, PhD
  • 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

  • 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

  • John A. Minatelli
  • John A. Minatelli

  • SVP of Business Development
  • Valensa International
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  • DR. JOHN A. MINATELLI, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Valensa International, has been a pioneer in the Nutraceutical and Pharmaceutical Industry for over 30 years. John holds a PHD in Organic Chemistry from Lehigh University and a post-doctoral degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Ohio State.

  • Valensa International

  • Marc Brush
  • Marc Brush

  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Natch LLC
  • LinkedIn Marc Brush
  • Marc Brush is the Chief Strategy Officer of Natch, a creative studio based in Denver, Colorado. Natch produces its own weekly podcast about natural products; serves as executive producer on Get Bitt, Mark Bittman’s new podcast; and performs market research and consulting services to brands in the food, dietary supplement, and personalized medicine industries. Prior to Natch, Marc was the editor-in-chief of Nutrition Business Journal.

  • Natch LLC

  • Mark Blumenthal
  • Mark Blumenthal

  • Founder
  • American Botanical Council
  • LinkedIn Mark Blumenthal
  • Mark is the founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), the editor/publisher of HerbalGram, and the senior editor of three of ABC’s books. He represents ABC in the media, to ABC stakeholders, and in dozens of appearances at conventions, conferences and other appearances. He has guided ABC strategically since its founding. The links below provide additional information about Mark Blumenthal.

  • American Botanical Council

  • Michael McGuffin
  • Michael McGuffin

  • President
  • American Herbal Products Association
  • LinkedIn Michael McGuffin
  • Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association, has been active in the herbal industry since 1975. He has owned and managed both retail and manufacturing businesses in this field.

    Michael is the Managing Editor of Botanical Safety Handbook (1997) and of Herbs of Commerce, 2nd edition (2000). He has written and presented on numerous topics related to the regulation of dietary supplements.

    Michael also serves on the boards of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and United Plant Savers, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the USC School of Pharmacy Regulatory Science Master’s Degree Program. He has maintained active involvement with regulatory agencies, and served on FDA’s Food Advisory Committee Working Group on Good Manufacturing Practices for Dietary Supplements (1998-99), FDA’s Food Advisory Committee’s Dietary Supplements Subcommittee (2003-05), and California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Analysis Food Warning Workgroup (2008-10).

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  • American Herbal Products Association

  • Rick Kingston
  • Rick Kingston

  • President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs and Co-Founder
  • Safetycall International
  • LinkedIn Rick Kingston
  • Dr. Rick Kingston is the President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs at SafetyCall International P.L.L.C., a multidisciplinary healthcare firm academically affiliated with the University of Minnesota. The firm is focused on providing consumer product manufacturers’ services in the area of post-market medical surveillance, product safety review, and regulatory reporting support for adverse events.

    His academic career spans more than 30 years at the University of Minnesota where he attained the rank of full Professor in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and currently serves as Clinical Professor, in the College of Pharmacy. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Mississippi, College of Pharmacy and National Center for Natural Product Research (NCNPR). He was the co-founder of the Minnesota Poison Control System and its Regional Poison Control Center where he served for 18 years. He has published and presented extensively in the field of clinical toxicology, and serves on numerous scientific panels, advisory boards and non-profit professional organization scientific committees advising on issues of product stewardship, science and safety. His professional expertise spans the areas of consumer product post-market surveillance and safety assessment, natural product toxicology, clinical toxicology and pharmacology, injury prevention, poison control, and toxicology related regulatory policy.
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  • Safetycall International

  • Roy Upton RH, DipAyu
  • Roy Upton RH, DipAyu

  • President
  • American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
  • LinkedIn Roy Upton RH, DipAyu
  • Roy Upton, RH, DAyu is the founder, executive director, and editor of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP). Roy is also co-founder and past president, of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), and serves on botanical expert advisory committees of AOAC International, the American Botanical Council, NSF International, and the Lloyd Library and Museum.

    Roy has been working and practicing professionally as an herbalist since 1981. He is trained in Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese, and Western herbal medicine and has also studied and worked extensively with Native American and Caribbean ethnobotanical traditions. As an integral part of his work as an herbalist, Roy spends a great deal of time defending the rights of people to access herbal medicines and to see herbal medicine integrated into the fabric of both our homes and health care systems.

    In addition, Roy is the staff herbalist for the California-based herbal supplements company, Planetary Herbals, is a member of the Standards Committee of the American Herbal Products Association, and is an internationally recognized lecturer and author of numerous popular and peer-reviewed scientific publications.

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  • American Herbal Pharmacopoeia

  • Steven Dentali
  • Steven Dentali

  • Consultant
  • Dentali Botanical Sciences
  • LinkedIn Steven Dentali
  • Steven Dentali, Ph.D., widely considered an international authority on botanical ingredients, recently served as VP, Botanical Sciences at Herbalife after eleven years as Science Officer for the American Herbal Products Association. Dr. Dentali holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, with a Natural Products Chemistry specialization, from the University of Arizona, where he was the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Edwin Leigh Newcomb Memorial Fellow.

    As a key opinion leader Dr. Dentali helps guide the establishment of shared botanical standards via engagement in governmental and educational standard-setting organizations including the American Botanical Council, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, AOAC, the International Aloe Science Council, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention. He maintains a particular fondness for communicating basic botanical concepts and the importance of using a shared nomenclature in order to help drive industry to higher sustainable herbal standards.
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  • Dentali Botanical Sciences