BI Nutraceuticals Promotes Rupa Das to Vice President of Global Quality and Compliance

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 26, 2006 - BI Nutraceuticals, the leading supplier of quality raw materials and custom blends for 30 years, today announced the promotion of Rupa Das to Vice President, Global Quality and Compliance. In this role, Das will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing the quality assurance, quality control and regulatory systems for BI.

"Rupa has successfully managed our quality assurance programs for several years, and we are very pleased to announce her well-deserved promotion," stated George Pontiakos, President and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals. "Her expertise in quality control and regulatory compliance ensures that our customers will continue to receive ingredients of the highest quality available in the industry."

Das has more than 13 years of quality and regulatory compliance management experience in the dietary supplement and personal care product industries. She is a certified GMP auditor and is involved at different levels with leading industry organizations. Prior to joining BI, Das was a chemistry lecturer at various California State Universities. She holds a master's degree in chemistry from New Mexico Highlands University and a bachelor's degree in chemistry, which she earned with honors from Lady Brabourne College in Calcutta, India.

BI Nutraceuticals, headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., 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 and other specialty supplements. All BI ingredients undergo stringent quality analysis that includes heavy metal, pesticide and irradiation testing, and all herbal powders 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 several value-added services including particle engineering, drum to hopper formulas and steam sterilization via the company's Protexx HP(TM) process. For more information visit

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