BI Nutraceuticals Experts to Discuss Ingredient Sourcing, Sustained Release Formulations at SupplySide West

LONG BEACH, Calif., October 1, 2007 - BI Nutraceuticals, the leading supplier of quality raw materials and custom blends for 30 years, announced today its President and CEO, George Pontiakos, has been invited to present, "From the Field to the Market: Supply Chain Challenges for Sourcing Herbal Ingredients," at the SupplySide West trade show at the Venetian and Sands Expo in Las Vegas on Thursday, November 8 from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in the Murano room #3304. Additionally, Emilio Gutierrez R.Ph., vice president of technical services for BI Nutraceuticals, will lead the VendorWorks session, "Sustained Release Granulations - A Practical, Cost-Effective Approach," on Wednesday, November 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 18073.

Pontiakos will discuss how recent international contamination issues have impacted the reputation of the dietary supplement supply chain as a whole and will additionally highlight proactive tactics herbal ingredient suppliers can implement to uphold product quality ? from seed to shelf. In BI Nutraceuticals' VendorWorks session, Gutierrez will discuss the challenges dietary supplement manufacturers face when choosing release mechanisms for their products and will offer formulation alternatives, including economical approaches that ensure both a high-quality slow release dosage and cGMP compliance.
As President and CEO of BI Nutraceuticals, Pontiakos oversees all aspects of operations for BI Nutraceuticals' west and east coast offices, as well as facilities in Suzhou, 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.?

As BI Nutraceuticals' vice president of technical services, Gutierrez specializes in the design and production of bulk powder and solid dosages. A registered pharmacist with more than 17 years experience in the nutrition industry, Gutierrez has community practice experience and maintains active licenses in New York, New Jersey and Florida. Gutierrez also holds two patents in powder processing. In his spare time, he is a guest lecturer at his alma mater, Rutgers University.

About BI Nutraceuticals:
BI Nutraceuticals, with facilities in Long Beach, Calif., Islandia, New York and Suzhou, 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

About SupplySide West:
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, the SupplySide West trade show is dedicated to bringing together manufacturers and suppliers in the dietary supplement, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.? The event provides a unique opportunity for an executive level exchange of ideas, goods and services not available through any other business-to-business event.? SupplySide West offers three days of informative seminars and exhibitions tailored to the specific needs of supply chain executives.? For more information visit

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