FDA to Speak at 'Focus on the Future' Conference

PHOENIX -- Virgo Publishing announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will participate in the second annual "Focus on the Future" Executive Conference and Retreat set for Jan. 27-30 in Scottsdale. The event draws leading executives from the dietary supplement and nutraceutical industry for high-level meetings, networking events and a private corporate tent at the PGA Phoenix Open. The FDA speaker will be David Elder, director, Office of Enforcement, Office of Regulatory Affairs, FDA.

"We are very pleased that the FDA will be a part of the event," said Jon Benninger, director of business development at Virgo Publishing. "Issues such as pending GMPs, ephedra, qualified claims and bioterrorism are having a major impact on the industry, and this is a great opportunity for industry to hear from FDA."

"Focus on the Future" begins with a golf outing on Jan. 27 followed by an evening Poolside Welcome Reception sponsored by NSF International. The education program, sponsored by Kemin Foods, runs Jan. 28-29 from 9am to 4pm with Session Breaks sponsored by Unigen Pharmaceuticals and Cardinal Nutrition. Several meals are included in the conference registration, including continental breakfast sponsored by Nutrition 21, lunch on Jan. 28 sponsored by E.T. Horn, dinner on Jan. 28 sponsored by Lonza, and lunch on Jan. 29 sponsored by Buckton Scott Nutrition. "Focus on the Future" also includes a Dessert and Cordial Reception the evening of Jan. 29, and the conference concludes with a private VIP tent at the 18th hole of the PGA Phoenix Open on Jan. 30 sponsored by Pharmachem Laboratories.

The conference program features sessions addressing key areas affecting the industry's future, such as regulations, science, media, market trends and intellectual property. Speakers include representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, General Nutrition Centers, Nutraceutical Corp., Access Business Group, Nutrition 21, AOAC International, Sloan Trends and Solutions, Burrill Company and others.

"Focus on the Future" will again be held at the Millennium Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale's only lakeside boutique resort. Average temperatures in Scottsdale at the end of January are in the 70s, and participants are encouraged to bring their spouses.

More information about Focus on the Future 2004 is available at www.focusonthefuture.net, or by calling Virgo Publishing at (480) 990-1101.

Focus on the Future is produced by Phoenix, Ariz.-based Virgo Publishing Inc., publisher of Natural Products Industry INSIDER and HSR: Health Supplement Retailer and producer of the SupplySide trade shows.

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