Broomfield, CO – June 4, 2004 – Univera, Inc., the holding company for its U.S. operations, including Aloecorp, Oasis Wellness Network and Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has announced the appointment of John Rhees, President & Chief Executive Officer of Aloecorp, to its Board of Directors effective immediately. The announcement was made at Univera’s bi-monthly Board meeting that took place in Seattle, Washington on May 30 in line with the company’s planned move in September to Lacey, Washington, where it is building a state-of-the-art corporate campus at the southern end of the Puget Sound.
“John is a very savvy businessman who has dedicated his career to furthering advancements in the natural health industry,” said B. William Lee, Univera’s Chairman of the Board. “Most notably, since joining Aloecorp eight months ago, John has spearheaded a number of company initiatives, particularly in the areas of processing and manufacturing—that allow Aloecorp to continue its role as a pacesetter and the leader for producing Gold Standard Aloe vera raw materials. We welcome John to the Univera Board, knowing that his passion and innovative ideas will greatly benefit the Univera family of companies as a whole, as well as each company individually.”
Other members of the Univera Board are H.Y. Sung, Chief Executive Officer of Univera, Inc.; Derek H. Hall, Chief Operating Officer of Univera, Inc. and President & Chief Executive Officer of Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Stuart Ochiltree, Chief Executive Officer of Oasis Wellness Network and Vice Chairman of Univera, Inc. They are joined by Sharen Pflughoeft, Univera’s Corporate Secretary.
The three U.S. companies that are part of Univera, Inc., including Aloecorp, Unigen Pharmaceuticals and Oasis Wellness Network, are all dedicated to producing quality, innovative products that address today’s and tomorrow’s health concerns on a global level.
Univera’s relocation to Lacey will involve two stages, the first of which will be the September move into an interim facility on 40 acres of land purchased by the company, with building of the corporate campus expected to be completed by 2007.
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About the Univera Companies
Aloecorp (www.aloecorp.com) is a multinational company providing research-proven, bioactive Aloe vera ingredients to world markets. Aloecorp’s corporate philosophy is to “bring the best of nature to mankind,” and does so with its bioactive, standardized Aloe vera that guarantees 10% polysaccharides by weight, and is clinically proven to enhance the activity of Native Aloe Gel. Since its inception in 1988, Aloecorp has been the world’s leading vertically integrated supplier of raw Aloe vera materials to the dietary supplement, functional food, cosmeceutical, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
Oasis Wellness Network (www.oasisnetwork.com), the world’s leading healthy aging company, is committed to helping people “feel younger longer.” The company is dedicated to carrying out scientific research and development of innovative and natural products that promote quality of life. Oasis is the only natural products company—perhaps in the world—with full-scale genomic, proteomic and biological research capabilities that produce a unique, efficacious line of healthy aging products.
Unigen Pharmaceuticals (www.unigenpharma.com) is a leading natural products research and development company and proprietary ingredients supplier. The company is dedicated to the discovery of botanically derived therapeutic compounds for use in cosmeceutical, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products that address consumer health needs and help improve the quality of human life. Its research and discovery process includes extensive work at both the human cell and gene level.