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The ACG Group is the only supplier in the world offering integrated manufacturing solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. Our diverse product range of capsules, films & foils, engineering and Inspection systems not just meets, but exceeds the demands of international regulatory requirements.
Agilent is a leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. The company provides laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise, enabling customers to gain the insights they seek. Agilent’s expertise and trusted collaboration give them the highest confidence in our solutions.
Agilent focuses its expertise on six key markets, where we help our customers achieve their goals: Food, Environmental and Forensics, Pharmaceutical, Diagnostics, Chemical and Energy, and research.
Founded in 1997, Alkemist Labs is a contract testing laboratory of natural products, herbal medicines and omega-3 fatty acids. Headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., Alkemist Labs is a cGMP contract laboratory specializing in routine QC/compendial testing, method development and validation services, dedicated research services for companies throughout the food & beverage, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical markets. Alkemist offers high throughput HPTLC analysis for botanical ingredient identity testing of whole herbs and plant extracts with a standard five business day turnaround time at no extra charge. In combination with HPLC, microscopy and our onsite herbarium, we offer the most reliable technical support and highest quality of services for companies to become cGMP compliant.
Banned Substances Control Group (BSCG) offers a complete suite of dietary supplement certification and testing services. BSCG works with supplement brands, ingredient suppliers, manufacturing facilities, and individual teams and athletes to ensure the quality of dietary supplement products and ingredients and protect against contamination with drugs or other agents that can lead to health concerns or positive drug tests. Our BSCG Certified Drug Free® program provides protection against 485 drugs, more than any other program available. This includes 274 drugs on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and an additional 211 illicit, prescription and over-the-counter drugs not banned in sport that no other dietary supplement certification program covers. Certified Drug Free® includes a 21 CFR 111 Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) quality control process review, raw material and supplier review, and a general toxicology assessment. We also offer certification for label verification and contaminants under our Certified Quality™ program. Our Certified GMP™ program focuses on onsite audits for GMP compliance.
Founded in 1985 as a daughter company of CAMAG Switzerland, CAMAG Scientific, Inc.has become the leader in modern Thin-Layer Chromatography in North America. CSI plays a dominant role in the US market as a specialist in this technique. We distribute and service Swiss-made, state of the art TLC instrumentation, offer courses in Thin-Layer Chromatography with an emphasis on Method Development, and provide custom-made solutions to customer problems.
In 1996 CSI Analytical Lab Services was created and since that time, has operated as a contract laboratory, providing specialized TLC services in a cGMP/cGLP environment. The core business of the company has historically been the PHARMA industry, but beginning in 1997 there has been substantial focus on the analysis, particularly the identification of botanicals. Evidence of that focus can be seen in the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia monograph program, in the availability of TLC methods for a variety of botanicals, in the quality and availability of Botanical Analysis Courses, and in the close association with AOAC, USP, NIH, and now UNPA.
In combination with the Applications Laboratory in Switzerland, headed by Dr. Eike Reich who has been the catalyst for this vibrant focus on botanicals, we are striving to equip our company and our people with the necessary expertise and training to provide some real solutions to the botanical industry as it faces the inevitable day when the regulations come down, mandating an environment of current Good Manufacturing Practice. SOP’s, instrument validations, instrument training, validated method, verifications, and cGMP training will all be required. We are certain that we can be a valuable partner in this new challenge. We do not think we have all the answers nor the only solution, however, we are confident that we have a good solution and we think we are up to the task.
CRB is a global design, construction and consulting firm that relentlessly pursues and delivers success for clients in advanced technology industries. CRB was founded in 1984 as a single three-person office and has grown to a team of more than 1,000 passionate professionals in 16 offices throughout the world. CRB’s Construction Services Group was founded in 1997 and is a full-service construction management and design-build firm with approximately 250 employees to serve the specialized needs of life science manufacturing and research facilities. CRB’s single-minded focus on putting our clients’ interests first—every day, on every project—defines us as a firm.
With ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation, Dyad Labs has become a part of an internationally recognized standard of quality for testing laboratories. Led by a management team of experts that have diverse backgrounds in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and bioanalytical research fields, Dyad Labs is constantly working on new technologies that offer cutting edge solutions to increasing regulatory requirements and calls for full transparency of the supply chain. Dyad Labs’ expertise helps clients ensure that their raw materials and finished products meet all ingredient, purity, and potency specifications; and are fully cGMP compliant. Dyad Labs instrumentation capabilities include multiple Liquid Chromatography with Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) systems and ultra-pressure liquid chromatography (UPLC) with photo-diode array (PDA) and MS detection. They also offer trace metal and mineral testing services by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS) and Direct Mercury Analyzer (DMA) as well as a fat, fiber, glutens, nitrogen analysis, FTIR, water activity, density testing, and several other chemical tests. Dyad Labs also has a full complement of microbiological testing. Rapid microbiological testing has recently been introduced using Invisible Sentinel’s PCR-based Veriflow for qualitative identification and bioMerieux’s Tempo for quantitative purposes.
Eurofins Scientific is the ideal partner to protect your brand. With a portfolio of over 150,000 analytical methods, Eurofins is committed to outstanding client service, high quality standards and scientific excellence. In addition to being a trusted source for reliable laboratory services, Eurofins is a full service food safety provider. The Eurofins Food Safety Systems division is recognized for its efforts and capabilities by growers, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, distributors and processors alike for excellence in food safety training, consulting, auditing, and certification services. Eurofins’ commitment to excellence and unmatched scope of expertise position us as the industry leader for sites looking to develop, expand, or improve their food safety plans.
Flora Research Laboratories (FRL) is an industry leader in natural products research and testing, offering our clients the best in analytical quality and performance. Our FDA-trained director is a leading expert in botanical and dietary ingredient identity testing and an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University, where he teaches botanical I.D. by microscopy and HPTLC. Flora Research works with the world’s largest analytical instrument companies to develop instrumentation and solutions for compliance with cGMPs. We offer extensive contract testing services with free rush upgrades for contract clients and use next-generation ICP-UCT-MS, HS-GCMS and GCMS-QQQ technologies for elemental, solvent residue and pesticide testing. FRL recently installed new state-of-the-art HPTLC and microscopy equipment, including a research-grade microscope and an HPTLC-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry interface to expand its identity and phytoforensic testing services. Equipped with one of the most advanced laboratories in the industry, the pioneers of phytoforensic testing solve problems ranging from product failure to routine QC analysis. As an FDA/NIH-recognized expert, the work at FRL will help assure cGMP compliance.
FoodChain ID (FCID) is a leading provider of technology- enabled solutions that enable our customers to meet the safety, integrity, and transparency requirements of the global supply chains for dietary supplements. FCID was the the first technical administrator for the non-GMO project.
We offer other certifications beyond the non-GMO project including USDA Organic, cGMP, and vegan/vegetarian/plant-based. FCID is the exclusive certifying body for the U.S. Hemp Authority®. We also offer testing services for CBD/Hemp panels as well as for USP <561> Pesticides. Nutraveris Data Solution is tech-enabled software that provides regulatory compliance information for both the U.S. and EU.
ISURA is an independent, not-for-profit natural health supplement and food product verification and certification organization. ISURA serves as an analytical competence center for the analysis of natural health products, raw food and supplement materials at all stages of processing. We provide comprehensive certification services. ISURA certification means more accountability in the natural health industry, better products and informed choices for consumers. Our analytical laboratory testing utilizes a combination of high-performance equipment and test methods to confirm ingredient authenticity; detect 600+ known pesticide and solvent contaminants (including glyphosate), GMOs, heavy metals and other contaminants; as well as verify label integrity. ISURA’s quality management system is ISO 9001 certified, and its laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited for specific laboratory methods. We actively support the public’s health and safety by setting and maintaining best practices for our clients, which ultimately improves the health of consumers.
Nosco Inc., headquartered in Gurnee, Ill., is a full-service, packaging-solutions provider, serving more than 350 customers in the healthcare industry since 1932. Nosco provides business resources, including prepress and design services and technical expertise with engineering, to understand packaging challenges and deliver individual solutions for labels, cartons, flexible packaging and literature. With a focus on service, Nosco helps clients improve efficiencies related to supply chain, cycle time, lean initiatives and product launches.
NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect the public by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. The NSF Dietary Supplement Certification Program utilizes state-of-the-art analytical laboratories and highly-skilled staff of chemists and microbiologists with the knowledge and expertise to evaluate the composition of dietary supplements, including: vitamins, minerals, herbs/botanicals, amino acids, sports supplements, concentrates, metabolites, constituents, and extracts. NSF certification service includes product testing, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) inspections, ongoing monitoring and use of the NSF Mark. NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to provide certification of dietary supplements. NSF also developed and maintains the only accredited American National Standard for dietary supplements – NSF/ANSI Standard 173. NSF’s Dietary Supplement Programs include:
Sensapure is a custom flavor house with an R&D center located in Anaheim, Calif., and a 55,000-sq.-ft. campus in Salt Lake City. Sensapure focuses on flavor creation and custom applications work. With clients ranging from large, multi consumer brands to small sports nutrition startups, the company strives to make great tasting products.
TraceGains delivers cloud-based food safety, supplier compliance, quality management, and new product development solutions for the consumer-packaged goods industry. At the heart of TraceGains is an advanced network platform that digitizes documentation and automates workflows. The system extracts data and transforms it into custom reports and dashboards that provide valuable business insight to drive process improvement. On average, our customers find that 70 percent of their suppliers are already in TraceGains Network, allowing them to immediately connect and collaborate. With instant information sharing and visibility throughout the supply chain, companies can grow without adding resources.
Vorys eControl provides integrated solutions to help brands control the sale of their products in the age of eCommerce. We have represented more than 500 brands, including many of the world’s largest health and supplement companies. Vorys eControl leaders regularly speak across the country educating companies and service providers regarding innovative solutions to the challenges brands face in today’s market including identifying and neutralizing issues with unauthorized sales, MAP violations, brand equity, erosion, product diversion and quality control. Vorys helps companies achieve their goals with an array of services from consultations and strategy development to providing foundational policies and enforcement. Vorys eControl’s full scope of data, technology and professional services allows us to provide a truly comprehensive approach that delivers unique business value. To learn more, visit vorysecontrol.com.
For more than 50 years, Milford, Mass.-based Waters Corp. has created business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations by delivering practical and sustainable innovation to enable significant advancements in such areas as healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality, consumer products and high-value-added chemicals worldwide. Waters Corp. designs, manufactures, sells and services ultra-performance liquid chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, chromatography columns and chemistry products, mass spectrometry systems, thermal analysis and rheometry instruments. Pioneering a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis, Waters technology breakthroughs and laboratory solutions provide an enduring platform for customer success. Publicly traded (NYSE:WAT) Waters Corp. employs approximately 5,000 employees worldwide, operating in 27 countries and achieved revenues of $1.9 billion in 2013.
Amin Talati Wasserman focuses its law practice on FDA, USDA, FTC and patents and trademarks for food, beverage, dietary supplement, drug, cosmetic and medical device companies. Most of our lawyers have legal degrees focused on intellectual property and regulatory compliance and undergraduate science degrees, ranging from chemistry and pharmacy to biomedical engineering. Areas of expertise include FDA, USDA and state compliance for food, beverage, drug, dietary supplement, cosmetic and medical device regulations; FTC and state advertising compliance through review of websites, print, radio and infomercial advertising to develop and ensure adequate substantiation for product claims; patent and trademark work, where we identify, protect, defend and monetize IP assets; and litigation, including IP, regulatory and business-related disputes.
The Law Office of Bayne & Associates is a Washington, D.C.-based law firm practicing food, drug and cosmetic law. The firm provides focused business and strategic expertise relating to the sale and marketing of functional foods, medical foods, dietary supplements and botanical products. The firm advises clients in all aspects of regulatory compliance and enforcement defense, imports, claims, substantiation, clinical research, product development and expert retention. Services include manufacturing, supply and related agreements for FDA-regulated products, including clinical trial agreements.
BDS Analytics provides businesses with comprehensive, actionable and accurate cannabinoid market intelligence and consumer research. The company provides a holistic understanding of the cannabinoid industry by producing insights from dispensary point-of-sale systems through its market-leading GreenEdgeTM platform, driving consumer research with its Cannabis Insights Group, and generating market-wide, cannabinoid industry financial projections through its Industry Intelligence Group.
Botanical Liaisons LLC is an ethnobotanical consulting firm providing botanical standards to industry, academicians and government agencies; international botanical sourcing; sustainable development of botanical ingredients; products offering intellectual property rights; guidance on the development and implementation of botanical quality assurance programs; and botanical research that results in unique products. The firm collaborates with scientists on all continents. Botanical Liaisons’ founder, Trish Flaster, developed the first virtual herbarium for economic plants and continues to implement quality programs for customers that are unique systems to qualify plant identity, establish sustainability and transparency of ingredients and to introduce new plants that offer intellectual property for the client.
Marc Brush is the principal of Bend LLC, a consulting practice for purposeful brands and organizations looking to better align with the new world order. Bend performs market research and brand strategy with food and nutrition as particular sweet spots. Prior to Bend, Marc was the editor-in-chief of Nutrition Business Journal, the publication of record for the natural, organic, dietary supplement and personalized medicine industries.
Susan Brienza Perhaps it was foreordained that I practice FDA regulatory compliance law, given that my Mom grew up above her parents’ grocery store, and raised me examining food labels and learning the nutritional excellence of the Mediterranean diet. Since 1997, I have counseled clients in the natural products industry in FDA and FTC (advertising law) regulatory compliance–from product concept, to formulation, manufacture, benefit claims, labeling, and marketing. Product categories I cover include: organic foods, energy drinks, “functional foods,” dietary supplements, OTC drugs, medical foods, homeopathic drugs, and cosmetics. In addition, I have counseled on cannabis, hemp, and CBD products since 2012.
Bruce Bouché, D.C., is an independent consultant specializing in dietary supplements. He is a licensed chiropractor and has been involved in the healthcare, natural products and dietary supplement industries for 30 years, working in the areas of business development, regulatory compliance, contract manufacturing oversight, and product and regulatory training. Bouché has worked with incubating, start-up, small and large companies to insure regulatory compliance on internal documentation, labeling, website and literature messaging to be in compliance with FDA, FTC, DSHEA and FSMA.
Alan Butcher Ph.D., Consultant, is a trained Pharmacist, with a PhD in pharmaceutical technology and over 30 years of experience in cGMP and regulatory compliance in dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Butcher brings robust, pragmatic solutions to quality and compliance problems which are customized to the specific problems his client’s unique circumstances in their business and quality processes. It is Dr. Butcher’s passion for the nutritional supplement industry that drives him to guide companies through regulatory hurdles and complex landscapes that exist in the industry.
The CoQ10 Association was founded on the assertion that CoQ10 as an ingredient is an important contributor to the dietary supplement industry. Education is the key determinant for the success of the dietary supplement industry and more specifically CoQ10 as an ingredient. The association exists to facilitate the responsible transparency of ingredient manufacturing and education of the benefits of COQ10. The CoQ10 Association was founded to bring structure and intention to CoQ10’s exponential market growth; foster dialogue between leading CoQ10 industry members, physicians, and the public; maintain superior quality and marketing standards; and cultivate clinical study opportunities.
The Economic Development Corporation of Utah was founded in 1987 as a private, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to serve as a catalyst for quality job growth and increased capital investment by assisting in-state companies to grow and recruiting out-of-state companies to expand and relocate in Utah. EDCUtah is set up to help companies through an expansion, relocation or consolidation process. From first call to ribbon cutting, EDCUtah provides professional and responsive support needed for success, with business development consultants providing education about the Utah business environment and to streamline the site selection process with accurate data, local contacts and logistical support.
FDA Compliance Group LLC looks forward to assisting companies achieve and maintain compliance with all FDA requirements. Our team of highly qualified and experienced consultants help prevent and solve FDA compliance problems. We provide the following services: mock FDA Compliance Audits and Gap Analyses; assistance with FDA inspection and Warning Letter responses; Specifications, SOPs and Documents; Testing and Laboratory requirements; Complaints and SAE Reporting; and FDA Readiness Training. In addition, we offer Labeling and Website reviews, NDI notifications, and GRAS determinations. Our mission is to assist the supplement industry achieve the highest quality standards which will enable our clients to provide the highest quality products to their customers.
At FDA Compliance Simplified, our goal is to help clients understand and apply FDA regulations to ensure uninterrupted market success. We support the natural products industry by providing compliance reviews for labels, websites and marketing materials, as well as claim substantiation reviews. Our specialized regulatory consulting includes research and report preparation for New Dietary Ingredient Notifications (NDINs), Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) determinations, required submissions and responses to FDA communications. FDA Compliance Simplified has worked with companies both large and small from all over the world. We look forward to serving UNPA members with FDA regulatory compliance.
Carl Germano RD, CNS, CDN offers expertise in developing products for the dietary supplement, medical food, functional beverage and natural cosmetic industries. Providing development of scientifically based, custom new product formulations, upgrading existing formulas and development of line extensions, procurement of novel nutraceutical ingredients, assistance with research, clinical trials & claim/patent validation of products, marketing assistance – label, brochure and ad copy, as well as, legal assistance – liaison with your legal team to review product support materials.
Global Nutrition Group Inc. is a strategic consulting firm specializing in the nutrition industry. We are based in Japan and have strong market knowledge and network of experiences with more than 250 projects. We provide a wide range of strategic advice to the industry such as developing new products, establishing marketing strategies and assistance with regulatory challenges, etc. By providing accurate and useful information we help clients understand the market and lead them to success in the industry, based on our intelligence and in-depth research and analysis.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Greenberg Traurig has been named the second largest firm in the U.S. and among the top 20 globally. Businesses need legal advisors who can help them power through the obstacles they face daily; Greenberg Traurig, LLP have built a law firm to help you do so effortlessly. From the obscure regulatory question to bet-the-company deals and litigation, GT’s team is equipped to guide you through your business’s difficult legal decisions.
Health Business Strategies LLC, Established in 1991 by Michael D. Levin, provides executive management consulting services to the integrative medicine, pharmaceutical and natural products industries. Focused on business development, regulatory compliance and quality assurance, clients have included hospital systems, ingredient suppliers, supplement manufacturers, technology firms, group purchasing organizations, drug manufacturers, private equity firms and attorneys. International experience includes Japan, Asia, Canada, Israel and Europe. Certified under 21 CFR 117 as a “preventive controls qualified individual,” Mr. Levin has more than 30 years of executive positions in pharmaceutical, dietary ingredient and dietary supplement companies. Driving force: using nutritional interventions to improve quality of life, clinical outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
Healthy Brand Builders is headed by 35-year industry veteran James S. Tonkin, a private sector brand marketing and development professional who has designed and implemented national infrastructure for his clients in the food and beverage industry. Tonkin has successfully created and implemented business and financial strategies for domestic and international firms focusing on: production and manufacturing; branding; sales; marketing; and distribution. In the last 23 years, Tonkin has promoted brand and marketing programs for many clients in the bottled water and functional food/beverage industries. His expertise spans the gamut from domestic cheese to potato chips, fortified pet waters to nutraceutical- functional and enhanced beverages.
Holistic Primary Care (HPC) provides health care practitioners, as well as the general public, with lively, science-based content on preventative medicine and natural health care. Our quarterly print publication reaches more than 65,000 clinicians nationwide. Our website features fully searchable archives, and our monthly UpShots enewsletter provides quick “takes” on new developments in integrative medicine. HPC produces an annual conference, Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Patient Care, that focuses on practice development for integrative/holistic clinicians. HPC also produces the Practitioner Channel Forum, an executive-level gathering that focuses on opportunities in the practitioner segment of the natural products industry.
Steve Holmes Consulting is a 40-year veteran of the natural products industry and alternative health care field. He has extensive experience in domestic and international regulatory affairs. He is also a Clinical Nutritionist providing evidence-based nutrition counseling to patients at a medical clinic located in Southern California.
INSUR-WEST has been in business for over 34 years and has specialized in nutraceutical insurance products for 25. The company has over 150 nutraceuticals accounts worldwide, including several UNPA members.
International Marketing Company (IMC) has worked with all channels of distribution and has launched the success of a diverse client base over several decades. Our media relations and marketing strategies are both practical and innovative, catering to today’s technological world. Our specialty niche includes the natural products industry, integrative medicine, dietary supplements and natural beauty products. Our focus is helping international companies thrive in the competitive American market.
Joy’s Quality Management Systems Inc. (JQMS) specializes in the implementation of current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) through training programs, facility auditing, and prodcedure development. Since 2005, JQMS has effectively helped clients reach their goals of attaining cGMP and related regulatory compliance and avoid expensive, time-consuming regulatory actions. JQMS has the expertise and access to outside resources to respond to any compliance needs, including for raw materials, finished food dietary supplements or pharmaceuticals. With consultants located in Southern California and in Denver, the company is positioned to service clients both domestically and globally.
LifeScienceRisk is a Managing General Underwriter that offers appointed producers and wholesalers a single source for both primary and excess insurance for targeted segments of generic pharmaceuticals, medical devices and nutritional supplements. Products include commercial general liability or mono-line products liability for manufacturers, contract manufacturers, repackers and distributors of life science related products. Available on a non-admitted basis in all states other than Delaware and Rhode Island, the program is underwritten by Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London, currently rated “A XV” by A.M. Best.
Natural Product Research Consultants (NRPC) is a Seattle based consulting company founded by Donald Brown, ND, a leading expert in the safety and efficacy of probiotics, herbal medicines, and nutritional supplements. NPRC offers a number of consulting services designed to assist companies in the natural products and pharmaceutical industries. From development and research of new dietary supplements and existing product reformulation, to regulatory services such as claims substantiation, NPRC has helped clients raise the bar for evidence-based products worldwide. We also offer a range of educational services for a wide variety of clients and audiences, including industry and healthcare professionals, as well as consumers.
The Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) is a strategic consulting, market research and business development company specializing in the health and wellness marketplace. Their dynamic capabilities focus on customized multi-channel market assessment activities, consumer trend identification, business development, consumer target profiling, market research, and strategic plan development. Their services include: strategic marketing and business planning; emerging trend Identification; customized NMI database analysis; competitive intelligence/tracking; full service qualitative research; comprehensive quantitative research studies; new product development & strategy; communications/media strategy; category analysis and market sizing.
New Leaf Communications specializes in the area of natural products and health and wellness, with an emphasis on content development and strategy, content marketing, market research, communications and public relations. Core competencies include: content strategy and implementation, public relations, marketing, market Research and Analysis, strategic/industry partnerships, writing and editing, international business expertise, conference and event planning, staff management and budget management.
Ooyen Research is a one-person (Carla Ooyen) market research company with nine years of industry specific experience, 3 years of experience in the hemp/cannabis industry, and a background in engineering that allow her to tackle strategic business topics in a wide array of industries.
The law firm of Parsons, Behle & Latimer, established in 1882, has sustained success in delivering exceptional legal service to its clients for more than 137 years. This success is firmly rooted in the firm’s fundamental core values that have guided it since its inception: client service, professional integrity, ethics and professionalism, collegiality and community service.
PlantaPhile is a consulting firm that focuses on all aspects of herbal product development, registration and licensing. Founded by author and ethnobotanical authority, Thomas Brendler, the firm brings more than 20 years of experience in the use of plants in medicine, food and cosmetics. With offices in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, PlantaPhile has worked in collaboration with a variety of national and international entities in the preparation, management and execution of various public- funded research projects. Brendler also established the Association of African Medicinal Plants Standards (AAMPS) and currently serves as director of AAMPS and editor-in-chief of the AAMPS African Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
Pure Branding is a strategic consulting, market research and brand development agency for integrative health & wellness companies—helping dietary supplement, functional food and personal care companies achieve brand clarity. Since 1999, it has helped global clients build loyalty and grow market share through innovative research, actionable insights and strategic guidance. Pure Branding spearheaded the supplement industry’s first consumer traceability program for Gaia Herbs, which as part of their rebrand strategy, helped triple sales in four years. Pure Branding has conducted market research and developed brand strategy for brands, including Aura Cacia, Boron, BioChem, Country Life, Dr. Hauschka, Gaia Herbs, Herb Pharm, Iron-Tek, MediHerb, MegaFood, Nature’s Sunshine, NeoCell, Nordic Naturals, Nutiva, Organic India, Persona, Reserveage, Standard Process and Traditional Medicinals.
RDH Mahony Consulting is a Lehi, Utah-based consultancy to the vitamin and supplement industry, founded by industry veteran and former CEO of Nature’s Way, Rory Mahony. The firm specializes in strategy, integration and national and international commerce. Mahony brings more than 30 years of global industry-related experience, serving in various capacities with Nature’s Way as well as serving in key advisory and board positions for botanical and industry associations, such as the Natural Products Association and the American Herbal Products Association. For more information, contact Rory Mahony,
Ryan Turner Specialty Group LLC is a global organization consisting of wholesale brokerage, underwriting managers and other specialty insurance services to agents, brokers and insurance carriers. We specialize in creative, innovative solutions for your complex risks. We have developed long‐term relationships, resources and trust that make us a leader in the wholesale brokerage arena. Our mission is to help your clients confront specialized risk through collaboration between agents, brokers and insurance carriers. Our motto: “Many ways, one path.”
SafetyCall International is a multidisciplinary health care practice that provides manufacturers with adverse event management, regulatory reporting, post-market surveillance and product-safety consulting services. It operates the world’s largest 24/7 human and animal adverse-event call center, providing clients with immediate, around-the-clock access to trusted health, safety and medical information. The staff of SafetyCall International has managed more than 2 million product incidents over the past 30 years. As nationally recognized experts in the collection and interpretation of spontaneously reported incident data, SafetyCall professional are well equipped to help both the smallest and largest clients. SafetyCall is proud to be the preferred adverse-event management service provider for UNPA members.
The Shelton Group is a boutique public relations and marketing agency working exclusively in the dietary supplements and natural products industry since 1990. A specialist in this sector, the Shelton Group’s approach goes far beyond traditional public relations and marketing tactics, incorporating industry regulatory concerns, market sensibilities and industry issues and practices. Clients are both international and domestic dietary supplement and natural products manufacturers and suppliers. Services include B2B public relations, crisis communications, consumer outreach, branding and digital and content-based marketing.
Steve Snyder. President / CEO / Corporate Growth Consultant / Marketing / Business Development.
Results oriented general management, business development, strategy, marketing, and sales executive with proven track record of success in the growth of functional foods, biotechnology and specialty renewable specialty chemicals / “clean tech”, food ingredient, food safety testing and pharmaceutical businesses in both corporate and start-up environments.
Systems Bioscience, Inc. (SBI) is a small biotech company that’s delivered innovative products and services for molecular and cell biology research since January 2004, when we sold our first lentivectors and pPACK lentivirus packaging systems. We focus on being the first company to bring the newest methodologies to market—we were the first company to deliver exosome research reagents and CRISPR/Cas9 vectors—so researchers can quickly take advantage of the latest, most powerful approaches.
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries. Since its founding in 1820, USP has helped secure the quality of the American drug supply. Building on that legacy, USP today works with scientists, practitioners, and regulators of many nations to develop and revise standards that help protect public health worldwide.
The Trust Transparency Center brings together an expert team with more than 60 years of dietary supplement and natural products industry experience to provide a deep understanding of all aspects of the global supply chain and what it takes to be successful in today’s ever-changing climate. Trust Transparency combines trust with transparency to improve culture, values, relationships and customer confidence, which enables organizations to reach maximum value—internally and externally. The Trust Transparency Center also operates as the directorate and incubator of several single-ingredient trade associations, including the CoQ10 Association, Global Curcumin Association, Global Prebiotics Association, Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association and the Vitamin K2 Association.
WholeFoods Magazine is the oldest trade publication serving the natural products industry. We are known for informing and educating, with in-depth features, breaking news, well-respected columnists, unique multimedia coverage, e-books, videos, enewsletters and more. We publish 12 print issues per year (including the May Source Directory), plus our Survey Issue and other special issues. To keep up to date, visit our website: WholeFoodsMagazine.com. Our online product directory is located NaturalProductFinder.com. WholeFoods Magazine is a BPA-audited publication.
William Reed Business Media has been providing market leading business information for 150 years. The markets we serve are central to everyone’s life. They include food and drink, where our activities extend across manufacturing, retail, wholesale and hospitality, and, more recently, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Guided by our values of progress, passion, responsibility, and trust, we are committed to providing the information and insights our customers demand.
Bradford W. Williams is an independent consultant specializing in dietary supplements and pharmaceutical GMPs. Williams brings 30 years of insights and regulatory experience working within various divisions of the Food and Drug Administration. He most recently served as manager of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs, Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, where he implemented the cGMP regulations. Williams was involved in developing the center’s strategic plans for enforcement of DSHEA. He also brings insights from serving as a technical expert on GMP certification programs in NSF’s Dietary Supplements Division.
Windrose Partners is a strategic consulting firm specializing in dietary supplements, medical foods and functional foods. Windrose was founded by Greg Stephens, a recognized industry expert and leader with more than 25 years of experience in nutritional health and wellness. Prior to Windrose Partners, Greg held a progressive series of senior management positions at Abbott Nutrition (Abbott Laboratories), Natural Marketing Institute (NMI), Nurture Inc. and Marriott Corporation’s Healthcare Foodservice Division. Greg is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Nutraceuticals World magazine and contributing editor for its Business Insights column. He has published over 100 articles and is a frequent lecturer at US and international forums. The Windrose team includes associates with domain expertise in clinical research, safety substantiation, regulatory affairs, marketing, business development, product/applications development, medical reimbursement and intellectual property.
Wright On Marketing & Communications believes everyone, everything has a story. How you tell it makes all the difference in creating awareness, engagement and closing a sale. The mission of Wright On is to help people and products tell their stories — strategically — using a variety of creative devices, such as infographics, website content, articles, blogs, brochures, videos, innovative marketing and communications strategies and more.