Now Foods Raises the Bar On Quality, Product Development: Dr. Michael Lelah, Technical Director, To Lead QA Team

BLOOMINGDALE, IL-- NOW Foods announces the addition to the management team of Dr. Michael Lelah in the newly created position of Technical Director. Dr. Lelah heads the world class technical team dedicated to quality assurance and new product development at NOW Foods.

Dr. Lelah’s background includes over 20 years’ experience in product research and development, quality management, and manufacturing in pharmaceutical, healthcare, food, packaging, and plastics products. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management-Lake Forest IL. In addition to over 20 peer reviewed publications, Dr. Lelah holds patents in dialysis, vascular grafts, antimicrobials and biomaterials. He has a personal interest in, and commitment to, natural products.

“In addition to my interests and accomplishments in developing new and innovative products, I am experienced in the highest degree of quality standards – and am trained in the rigorous standards of pharmaceutical manufacturing. These involve quality assurance – building in quality into everything that we do, and quality control – measuring quality and ensuring that standards are met. We aim to deliver excellent quality through good science, conformance to regulations, and by providing superior information to our customers, while striving to do even better through continuous improvement.” Lelah said.

Dr. Lelah joins the existing team of Quality Assurance Director Jim Roza; Lab Methods Director Dr. Joseph Zhou; Microbiology Lab Supervisor Dr. Jon Cassista and nearly 30 additional staff who are involved in the quality program.

NOW® Foods ( is a family owned and operated natural products manufacturer/distributor with a 35-year legacy of providing high quality nutritional supplements at affordable prices. The A-rated GMP certified facility boasts state of the art manufacturing capabilities. NOW employs one of the finest teams of product quality experts in the supplements industry. They conduct specialized tests, analyses and inspections that allow the company to offer superior products that surpass every possible independent test. The Richard's family pledge is "underlying NOW's commitment to quality is our commitment to you - to provide the best products available at a reasonable price and, thereby, play a meaningful role in the quality and extension of human life."

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