These distinguished industry experts guide us in serving our readers through the years with trusted, timely coverage.
Mark Blumenthal, Founder and Executive Director
American Botanical Council
The American Botanical Council (ABC) is a leading, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable, and responsible information on herbs and medicinal plants. Blumenthal is editor and publisher of HerbalGram, an international peer-reviewed quarterly journal. For six years, he served as an adjunct associate professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, teaching the course Herbs and Phytomedicines in Today’s Pharmacy. He has appeared on more than 400 radio and television shows and has written more than 500 articles, reviews, and book chapters for many major publications. Recently, he was awarded Natural Health Magazine’s Hall of Fame Award for “…opening America’s eye to the healing powers of herbs.” For more than 35 years, he has been a leader for those concerned with establishing more-rational regulations for herbal and natural-product manufacturing, and education on alternative medicines.
George A. Burdock, PhD, Founder
George A. Burdock, PhD, founder of Burdock Group, is an internationally recognized authority on the safety of food ingredients, personal care products, and dietary supplements. Dr. Burdock has more than 25 years of experience dealing with regulatory issues related to product safety and risk assessment. He also has over 40 publications in scientific journals and has published three books: two editions of Fenaroli's Handbook of Flavor Ingredients, and the Encyclopedia of Food and Color Additives. Dr. Burdock is coauthor of the chapter "Food Toxicology" in the current and previous editions of Casarett and Doull's textbook Toxicology, the standard textbook and reference book in the field of toxicology. Dr. Burdock is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society for Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, the Society of Toxicology, the American College of Toxicology, and the Institute of Food Technologists.
Lauren Clardy, BSc, Founder and President
Lauren Clardy is the founder and president of NutriMarketing (Santa Rosa, CA), a nutraceutical marketing and business development consultancy focused on innovation and strategy and helping companies turn new technologies and scientific breakthroughs into winning products and concepts. Clardy is responsible for some of the most successful brands on the market and was an early leader in the areas of functional ingredients and science-based nutraceuticals, consumer products, and nutrition. She has nearly 30 years of marketing and commercial experience in nutraceuticals, including in raw materials and bioactive ingredients, dietary supplements, functional foods, cosmeceuticals, and contract manufacturing. As an innovator in nutraceutical marketing, she has worked for companies ranging in size from startups to multinational corporations, and provides expert marketing solutions and business strategies for market leaders and technology visionariesin the B2B and B2C markets.Clardy held previous key executive positions for major nutritional companies, including Hain Celestial Foods, Nordic Naturals, Lichtwer Pharma GmbH, Renaissance Herbs, and Kraft Foods. She earned her BSc in nutrition from the University of California, Davis, with a concentration in marketing.
John R. Endres, ND, Chief Science Officer
AIBMR Life Sciences Inc.
Endres is the chief scientific officer for AIBMR Life Sciences Inc., a leading natural products and functional ingredients consulting firm. He heads a team of highly experienced technical staff comprising naturopathic physicians, nutritionists, biotechnologists, PhD scientists, and library information scientists. He is the author or coauthor of several peer-reviewed academic publications and book chapters, and is a frequent contributing author for the natural products industry trade journals. Endres received a baccalaureate degree in German and philosophy from the State University of New York at Albany and the Julius Maximillians Universität in Würzburg, Germany. In 2004, he earned a board-certified doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. He is a current member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and is licensed as a primary care physician in Washington State. At Bastyr University, Endres conducted research screening complex botanical extractions for their ability to inhibit the growth of a variety of cancer cell lines.
Daniel Fabricant, PhD, Executive Director and CEO
Natural Products Association
Daniel Fabricant, PhD, is executive director and CEO of the Natural Products Association (NPA; Washington, DC), the nation’s largest and oldest trade organization representing the natural products industry, including dietary supplements, foods, personal care products, and more. He is responsible for implementing board policy for the advancement and protection of the natural products industry, while overseeing every aspect of the association’s programs and activities. Most recently, Fabricant served as the Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. FDA, where he directed agency policy, public affairs, and regulatory action regarding regulation of the dietary supplement industry for more than three years. While with the agency, he successfully navigated the large, heavily matrixed governmental organizational structure to bring life to a regulatory function that was nonexistent for almost 20 years. Prior to the FDA, Fabricant was vice president, global government and scientific affairs, for NPA, responsible for establishing and leading industry coalitions dealing with a range of legislative, regulatory, and scientific matters. Dr. Fabricant carried his interest in natural products into the classroom, earning a PhD in pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy since 2009.
James J. Gormley, Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor
Citizens for Health
Vice president and senior policy advisor of Citizens for Health and a principal of Gormley NPI Consulting, James Gormley served as the editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition magazine and editorial director of the Vitamin Retailer Magazine group. He also served as the scientific and regulatory affairs officer for Nutrition 21 and attended Codex Alimentarius meetings in Paris and Rome. An award-winning blogger and author of six books, including Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, Gormley has been a leading consumer health advocate for nearly 20 years.
Kim Kawa, BSc, Natural Products Specialist
Kimberly Kawa is a natural products specialist at SPINS (Schaumburg, IL), where she uses her nutrition knowledge and her experience in community health in the ongoing development of the SPINS Product Library. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Northern Illinois University. Kawa has spent the past eight years deeply immersed in the natural products and health and wellness industry. She came to SPINS after holding the position of assistant manager for a prominent natural food and dietary supplement grocer. Prior to that, she worked for an integrative medicine doctor and a certified clinical nutritionist to whom she attributes her ongoing interest in functional nutrition. Kawa has been published in Natural Products Insider and Herbalgram. At SPINS, her focus is on vitamins and supplements, and she supports coding initiatives and identifies industry trends related to the segment.
Irfan Qureshi, ND, Vice President, Product Development and Quality Assurance
Qureshi is vice president of product development and quality assurance for Healthy Directions. Previously, he was chief regulatory officer for Vitamin Research Products. He earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Washington, as well as a degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. While attending Bastyr University, he pursued further training in South Asia, studying the indigenous Unani system of medicine. Upon graduation, Qureshi practiced naturopathic medicine in Singapore, where he became a noted health columnist for Singapore’s Business Times. He is a current member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), and has maintained a private medical practice in SeaTac, WA, specializing in chronic diseases and autism. Among his prior positions, Qureshi served as vice president of technical and regulatory affairs for AIBMR Life Sciences, a natural-products consulting firm. Qureshi is a frequent contributor to various industry trade journals. He has also served as author or coauthor of several peer-reviewed publications.
Harry B. Rice, PhD, Vice President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs
Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED)
Rice is the vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs for the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED). He has worked in the ingredient, dietary supplement, functional food, and consumer packaged goods industries for more than 10 years. Prior to joining GOED, he spent over six years at Cargill Inc., involved in the development and execution of global regulatory and scientific strategies for a wide range of functional ingredients. Rice earned an MS and PhD in nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University and a BS in dietetics from Miami University (Ohio).
Brian Tanzer, MS, CNS, Manager of Scientific Affairs
the Vitamin Shoppe Inc.
Brian Tanzer, MS, CNS, is part of the department of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Vitamin Shoppe Inc., responsible for the research, formulation, and claims substantiation for all the Vitamin Shoppe brand products. Prior to joining the Vitamin Shoppe, Tanzer spent four years at Reliance Vitamin Co. as head of research and technical services. Tanzer studied biology and chemistry at St. Johns University in New York. He has an MS in nutritional sciences from Brooklyn College, The City University of New York, and is a board-certified nutrition specialist (CNS). Tanzer also spent several years as an instructor in the department of health and nutrition sciences at Brooklyn College, The City University of New York, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in nutritional sciences and clinical nutrition. He is a member of the American College of Nutrition, the American Society for Nutrition, and the New York Academy of Sciences.
John E. Villafranco, Partner
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
John E. Villafranco is a partner in the advertising and marketing practice at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP (Washington, DC). Villafranco provides litigation and counseling services, with a focus on advertising law matters and consumer protection. Named 2011 D.C. Advertising “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, Villafranco is highly respected for offering comprehensive legal advice that emphasizes risk analysis and sound business practices for corporations involved in advertising and marketing. On the regulatory side, clients tell US Legal 500 he “consistently provides good advice and service.” An editor-in-chief of the ABA Consumer Protection Law Developments treatise and author of numerous articles on advertising law, Villafranco is an authority on a range of issues involving consumer protection law. He is past chair of the ABA Antitrust Section Consumer Protection Committee and past chair of the ABA Consumer Protection Conference, 2007, 2009.
Lu Ann Williams, Head of Research
Innova Market Insights
Lu Ann Williams is head of research at Innova Market Insights. She started her career in The Netherlands over 20 years ago with Wolters Kluwer before moving to leading science publisher Elsevier. For more than 20 years, she has been involved in the international food industry, where she serves as a consultant to some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies on product development and marketing strategies, trends analysis, open innovation projects, and technology scouting. Williams comes from Augusta, GA (USA). She graduated from Georgia Tech and received her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Williams is an expert in trends driving the food and beverage industry. She is an active global technology scout and a frequent speaker at industry events. She leads a team of analysts at Innova Market Insights that tracks new trends in more than 70 countries. She is also responsible for driving innovation of the market intelligence tools Innova Market Insights creates.