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Date:october 21, 2021

Start Time:11:30AM CT (Chicago) 

Duration:60 minutes


A team of experts brought together by NutraIngredients-USA will focus on the latest in sports nutrition science and product development and what that means in this era of online-only launches and influencer marketing.


BioNeutra Virginia Dare
Gencor PharmaGaba
Cargill ADM


Ralf Jäger, Ph.D, FISSN, CISSN, MBA

Co-Founder & Managing Member


Ralf is a world-class inventor of functional foods and dietary supplements ingredients, as well as an award-winning speaker in these subject areas. He has developed many new products that currently lead the market in the supplement and food industry, as well as having designed and conducted clinical studies on prominent ingredients and respected products. He has authored and published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers, industry publications and mainstream media articles on sports nutrition, brain, joint, heart, and gut health. A postdoctoral scholar in bio-organic chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, Calif., Ralf originally earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Bonn in Germany. He began his professional scientific career developing new bio-active ingredients for a leading multi-national billion-dollar company and advanced in his career from director of research and development to vice president of marketing and sales. In addition, he holds an MBA from the University of Wurzburg, Germany, and was acting global business manager of Functional Foods prior to becoming a co-founding partner of Increnovo. He is a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN) and Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (FISSN). He is currently a member of numerous scientific associations, including the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).

Daniel Lourenco


Ghost Lifestyle

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Joshua Schall, MBA

CPG industry strategist

J. Schall Consulting

Joshua Schall, MBA is a CPG industry strategist with an emphasis on the emerging and intersecting categories of functional food, beverage, and nutritional supplements. Within the last 9 years, he’s successfully built J. Schall Consulting, a Houston, TX management consulting firm, into a world-renowned leader in growth strategies for clients that range from pre-launch to billion-dollar portfolio companies. He accredits much of this success to his dynamic fascination of the ever-changing consumer behaviors, which has allowed him to 'see around the corner' and become a firebrand throughout the full entrepreneurial ideation to consumerization cycle.

Ivan Wasserman

Managing Partner

Amin Talati Wasserman

Ivan Wasserman is the Managing Partner of the law firm Amin Talati Wasserman LLP, one of the nation's leading regulatory and intellectual property law firms with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Ivan and his boutique firm is dedicated to providing “white glove” service to companies in the food, dietary supplement, cosmetic and medical device industries, including FDA/FTC compliance (labeling; advertising; manufacturing); patents and trademarks; NDI/GRAS submissions; Class Action and Prop 65 defense; clinical trial design; commercial litigation, and customs clearance. Ivan is a frequent speaker and author on regulatory issues, and has been included in Best Lawyers in America from 2007 to 2022.

Hank Schultz

Deputy Editor


Hank is an experienced nutrition industry journalist. Prior to joining the industry, he worked in the newspaper industry for more than 20 years. When not in front of a computer, Hank can be found on a bicycle, a mountainside or at the helm of a sailboat.

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