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Weight Management 2020

A NutraIngredients-USA editorial webinar

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Start Date:January 29, 2020

Start Time:11:30am CT (Chicago)

Duration:60 minutes


With almost two thirds of Americans overweight or obese, weight management is still a huge market opportunity for the dietary supplements industry. However, adulteration and product integrity continue to blight the sector, with weight loss/management products under the FDA microscope. Claims are also closely monitored by the regulators.

Despite this, consumers continue to explore the potential of dietary supplements to help with weight management, and numerous legitimate products offer potential efficacy with scientifically-supported ingredients, from fibers for satiety and capsicum for thermogenesis, to the exciting emerging potential of probiotics and the microbiome.

The NutraIngredients-USA Weight Management webinar will give you the skinny on the state of the market, the regulatory landscape, the key challenges to the sector, and examine which ingredients work and how.


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Guru Ramanathan Ph.D., M.B.A

Supplement Safety & Compliance Initiative (SSCI)

Dr. Guru Ramanathan is Chairman of the Supplement Safety & Compliance Initiative (SSCI) Board of Directors, and Chairman of GNC’s Scientific Advisory Board. He is currently serving on Advisory and Corporate Board’s for established and early stage companies in Global Food, Nutrition, Pharma, OTC, Telemedicine and Primary Care Concierge Medicine industry sectors. Dr. Ramanathan is an expert on Innovation Management and his advisory concentrations span Scientific Affairs, Regulatory Compliance, Quality Assurance and Control, Clinical Trials Design & Management, Technology Acquisition, Alliance Management and Product Development in the Global Health and Wellness Industry. Dr. Ramanathan’s industry experience spans Clinical care, Pharma, Consumer health, Animal health and the Retail sectors. His most recent appoint was with Pittsburgh based General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) as its Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President. Prior to that Dr. Ramanathan was a Senior Director for the US subsidiaries of Nutricia (Danone). Before this he was Medical Director for the US subsidiary of Scotia Pharmaceuticals. He has also held various industry consulting, research and teaching appointments in India and the US. Dr. Ramanathan holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business focused on global business practices. He earned his Ph.D. from Tufts University in Healthcare Innovation Management.

Hector Lopez, MD, CSCS, FAAPMR, FISSN.

Supplement Safety Solutions, LLC.

Co-Founder: THR Biosciences, LLC.
CMO: Center for Applied Health Sciences, LLC.

Dr. Lopez is recognized for applying his diverse background in sports medicine, exercise science, nutritional biochemistry and clinical research; he has transitioned away from clinical medicine to focus on nutra-biosciences, dietary supplements and functional foods as research scientist, IP-protected formulation development, safety & regulatory key opinion leader. Dr. Lopez is the CMO/ Co-Founder of Center for Applied Health Sciences, a leading clinical research organization and he is Co-Founder of Supplement Safety Solutions, a comprehensive Pre-market through Post-market safety, Nutravigilance®, a regulatory compliance consulting company. He is co-founder of THR Biosciences, an IP discovery, incubation, development company to bring novel, bioactive compounds for out-licensing to the dietary supplement, natural products, functional foods/ beverage space.

Justin J. Prochnow

Greenberg Traurig

Justin J. Prochnow assists companies with regulatory, business, and legal needs in the beverage, food, dietary supplement, cosmetic, medical device, and OTC industries. Justin works closely with companies to ensure regulatory compliance with statutes and regulations enforced by the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission and other regulatory agencies. This includes the review of product labels, labeling, advertising, websites and other marketing materials. Justin assists companies with responding to governmental and regulatory actions, including FDA inspections and warning letters, FTC Civil Investigative Demands, and ASRC and NAD cases. He prepares and reviews business documents for industry members, including consulting, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements. Justin and his team also defend industry companies from both governmental agencies and civil litigators in litigation ranging from breach of contract cases to the growing number of class actions alleging false and misleading advertising.

Tim Avila

President and Chief Executive Officer
Systems Bioscience Inc.

Tim is a leading authority in the Nutrition industry, blending over 25 years of experience in discovery, validation and branding of bioactive ingredients and consumer packaged nutrition products. He is President of Systems Bioscience, Inc., a company specializing in providing Global Fortune 500 companies with business and product development knowledge regarding dietary supplements, natural and organic foods and consumer products and services.

He also is the Founder of Zero Worries Foods Inc., the manufacturer and distributor of ZSweet® brand all natural zero calorie sweetener.

He currently advises several startup and early stage companies and founders and Directors of other industry companies.


Deputy Editor

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. /p


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