LONG BEACH, Calif., February 11, 2008 - George Pontiakos, president and CEO of BI Nutraceuticals, the leading supplier of quality raw materials and custom blends for 30 years, today announced his participation in the education seminar, "Global Supply Management: Pricing Shortages, Safety and Quality," at the SupplyExpo trade show being held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif. from March 14 to 16. On Friday, March 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Pontiakos will speak on a panel along with Mike Loughrin of the International Supply Chain Education Alliance in room 207B of the Anaheim Convention Center.
Pontiakos will address supply chain concerns, including claims validation, GMP compliance, increasing energy and raw material costs and ingredient supply shortages. He will also draw from BI's strong presence in the Asia Pacific region as he discusses how international suppliers are impacting the supply chain.
As President and CEO of BI Nutraceuticals, Pontiakos oversees the company's worldwide operations. BI has manufacturing and processing facilities in Long Beach, Calif., Long Island, NY, Boonton, NJ and Suzhou and Shanghai China. Pontiakos has held senior leadership positions at several leading consulting, medical services and technology companies including Monovasia, which he founded, Oluma, Lucent, Agere, Ortel, NetVantage and Timeplex. He has wide-ranging experience in scaling geographically dispersed global companies to maximize their ability to successfully compete in the marketplace. �Pontiakos holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.
About BI Nutraceuticals:
BI Nutraceuticals, with facilities in Long Beach, Calif., Long Island, NY, Boonton, NJ and Suzhou and Shanghai China, is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food ingredients including whole herb powders and teas, standardized and drug ratio extracts, custom blends, vitamins, minerals, drum to hopper custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes including time released and encapsulated ingredients. All BI ingredients undergo stringent quality analysis that includes heavy metal, pesticide and irradiation testing. All herbal powder ingredients are also tested under the company's Identilok(R) species identification process. The company has also developed a proprietary process, UltraHD(R), which creates high-density herbal powders allowing for superior flow and less dusting during the manufacturing process. Additionally, BI Nutraceuticals offers steam sterilization via the company's Protexx HP(TM) process. For more information visit www.binutraceuticals.com.
About Expo West:
Natural Products Expo West, www.expowest.com, is the largest natural products tradeshow in North America, spanning 250,000 square feet of exhibit space and attracting buyers from around the globe. This year's annual tradeshow and conference will host more than 1,500 exhibitors and welcome over 36,000 attendees.
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