Virgo Names Scientific Advisory Board for SupplySide West Education Program

PHOENIX -- Virgo Publishing announced the members of the 2004 Scientific Advisory Board that will evaluate proposals for scientific presentations for SupplySide West International Trade Show and Conference Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Las Vegas. The SupplySide West education program is sponsored by Cognis Nutrition & Health and is dedicating seminars on Sept. 29 to science.

"The advisory board provides invaluable assistance in developing the education program," said Jon Benninger, director of business development at Virgo Publishing. "Cognis and Virgo share a vision of an industry rooted in science and we believe that starts with education."

Members of the scientific advisory board are:

· Jon Benninger, Director of Business Development, Virgo Publishing
Jon Benninger is responsible for industry outreach and new business development for Virgo Publishing, the producer of the SupplySide trade shows and HSR: Health Supplement Retailer and Natural Products Industry INSIDER magazines. Benninger entered the natural products industry in 1990 and joined Virgo Publishing in 1995 as the founding editor of HSR magazine. He is an active member of many associations, including the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA), American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). He also serves as vice president of the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance (DSEA).

· Mark Blumenthal, Founder and Executive Director, American Botanical Council (ABC) Blumenthal heads the American Botanical Council (ABC), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable, and responsible information on medicinal plants. He is the editor/publisher of HerbalGram, an international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal. For six years he served as adjunct associate professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. Blumenthal is co-founder and former vice president of the Herb Research Foundation (HRF) and president of the Herb Trade Association. He was a founding board member of the American Herbal Products Association.

· John N. Hathcock, Ph.D., Vice President, Scientific and International Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition(CRN)
Dr. Hathcock is responsible for scientific review and regulatory interpretation, especially on safety and international regulatory issues for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). He has more than 30 years of experience, including tenures as professor at Iowa State University and senior scientist at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is an expert on safety evaluation of nutrients and other dietary ingredients, and has made numerous presentations on safety of vitamins and minerals and other dietary ingredients to the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board. He authored CRN’s Vitamin and Mineral Safety, and continues to publish peer-reviewed scientific articles, as well as make presentations at major national and international conferences on safety and labeling regulatory issues related to foods, functional foods and dietary/food supplements. He analyzes and develops CRN policy positions including those by the Codex Alimentarius and the European Commission.

· Joy Joseph, Vice President, Quality, Technical Operations and Product Development, Pharmavite
Joseph directs and supervises Pharmavite’s quality control laboratory, the research and development of test methods, new product development, scientific affairs and professional education. Joseph has been with Pharmavite for 23 years, and she is considered one of the leading forces in creating the standards by which all dietary supplements are now measured. Her most recent achievement is that Pharmavite successfully passed the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) audit with the highest grades ever.

· Cindy Schweitzer, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Cognis Nutrition and Health
Dr. Schweitzer manages the science program for carotenoids, vitamin E and phytosterols at Cognis Nutrition & Health, a global leader in the manufacture and innovation of nature-based ingredients and application technology for health and food products. Schweitzer works with scientists worldwide on research products supported by Cognis. Active in many professional organizations, she is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the Chicago Nutrition Association and the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, a constituent society of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).

·Carsten R. Smidt, Ph.D., FACN, Vice President, Global R&D, Pharmanex
Smidt oversees all of Pharmanex’s research and development activities in Provo, Beijing and Shanghai, including chemistry, information resources, scientific affairs, clinical and pharmacological research. Smidt has 14 years of experience in the dietary supplement and medical foods industry, including four years at the Mead Johnson Nutritional Group, Bristol Myers-Squibb Co. (where he developed the Boost® energy drink). Smidt also has eight years of experience as the leading research scientist in new product development for Pharmanex. He developed new LifePak and most Pharmanex Solutions products.

· Susan Trimbo, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Scientific Affairs, GNC
Dr. Trimbo is involved in new product development and clinical testing of GNC products. She joined GNC in 1999 as vice president of scientific affairs and between 2000 and 2003 also provided oversight for all of Numico’s North American Supplement Businesses. Prior to joining GNC, Trimbo worked for Wyeth Consumer Healthcare on its Centrum vitamin business. Earlier, she was with Clintec, a Nestlé/Baxter Healthcare Medical Nutrition venture. She earned her doctorate at Cornell University and completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

The scientific advisory board will evaluate seminar proposals based on factors such as originality, relevance to industry, scientific merit and speaker credentials.

More information about SupplySide West 2004 is available at, or by calling Virgo Publishing at (800)454-5760.

Virgo Publishing Inc. produces the SupplySide Trade Shows and Conferences, the Focus on the Future Executive Conference and Retreat, and the online training Web site, and publishes Natural Products Industry INSIDER and HSR: Health Supplement Retailer magazines.


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