Looking for scientific insights on some of the hottest ingredients around? These sponsored presentations feature research experts delving into their cutting-edge clinical findings on key nutritional offerings and the potential they hold for new product development in the dietary supplement and functional food market.

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Wednesday, September 27

BREAKFAST BRIEF: Flaxseed Research Update and Application Innovations


Think you know all there is to know about flaxseed? Think again. Join Grant Pierce, Ph.D., executive director of research at St. Boniface Hospital; Kelley Fitzpatrick, M.Sc., editor of; and representatives from Pizzey Ingredients for an exciting discussion of the newest flaxseed research and application innovations. Learn about Pierce’s groundbreaking cardiovascular research and discover other areas of breakthrough flaxseed research with Fitzpatrick. Pizzey Ingredients will round out the breakfast session with practical formulation pointers and the company’s newest application innovations, including unfiltered flax milk.

LUNCH BRIEF: Sports Nutrition Innovation: Emerging Science of Botanical Ingredients


From pre-workout to exercise energy and endurance to muscle building and recovery, Natreon has the clinically studied ingredients for any formulation. Whether it’s Capros® for a pre-workout nitric oxide (NO) boost, Sensoril® for a more “focused” workout or PrimaVie® for increased testosterone, cellular energy and collagen upregulation, Natreon is a premier source for clinically studied and GRAS (generally recognized as safe)-affirmed botanical ingredients. Get insights about the science from researchers on how these breakthrough ingredients can support sports nutrition formulations.

Hector Lopez, Jr., M.D., CSCS, FAAPMR
Center for Applied Health Sciences

LUNCH BRIEF: Athletes and Fitness Enthusiasts Increasingly Seek Out Collagen Protein


Today, lines are increasingly blurring between sports and performance nutrition and more mainstream fitness/lifestyle nutrition products, and protein is the one ingredient that stands out for both groups.

Collagen’s popularity has grown rapidly in recent years, as a unique bioactive protein derived from natural sources. Join us to address the latest science behind collagen and specifically the latest studies backing Rousselot’s Peptan® collagen peptides. Peptan is one of the world’s leading collagen peptides brands. One bioactive ingredient/protein, it offers multiple benefits backed by science, including bone and joint health, skin beauty and sports nutrition.

Richard Schell
Richard Schell is the nutritional sales manager for Rousselot North America, specializing in Peptan collagen products. His background ranges from research and development (R&D) and quality control (QC), to eight years of quality assurance (QA) experience. Schell graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in biochemistry and is a certified quality auditor through the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Mai Nygaard
Mai Nygaard holds a master’s degree in biology from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and a master of management degree in innovation from the University of South Australia. She has 19 years of international B2B experience in the food and beverage industry, initially working with R&D and application for food ingredients, and later, in strategic marketing and business development, holding senior management roles in Denmark and Australia. Nygaard joined Rousselot in 2012 and is currently the global director for Peptan.

LUNCH BRIEF: Controlled Trial of Theracurmin® Shows Long-Term Brain Health Benefits


In an 18-month, double-blind trial of middle-aged and older non-demented adults, Theracurmin® (a bioavailable form of curcumin 90 mg twice daily; n=21) led to memory improvement compared to placebo (n=19; significant between group difference in the main outcome measure, the Buschke Selective Reminding). FDDNP-PET scans (15 Theracurmin, 15 placebo) showed significantly lower brain amyloid and tau in the Theracurmin group than in the placebo group in the amygdala and hypothalamus. These results suggest that daily oral Theracurmin leads to improved cognition, possibly mediated through alterations in brain amyloid and tau burden.

Gary Small, M.D.
Professor and Director
UCLA Longevity Center, UCLA Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

Tadashi Hashimoto
Representative Director and President Theravalues Corp.

Thursday, September 28

BREAKFAST BRIEF: Sports Nutrition Powders With Enhanced Functionality & Nutritional Value


Balchem’s Human Nutrition & Health division brings products to the sports nutrition marketplace that add functionality and optimized performance via agglomeration technologies offering enhanced mouthfeel and nutritional enhancement. Key products from SensoryEffects Powder Systems include VitaCholine and Albion Minerals, which can be utilized in a wide range of sports nutrition applications. Learn how to enhance your product’s story by positioning it with the ingredients supplied by Balchem Human Nutrition & Health, which provides a turnkey finished sports nutrition powder.

LUNCH BRIEF: Got Collagen?  Join a Booming Market.


Collagen supplementation offers unique building blocks for the body and helps us stay mobile, strong, flexible and beautiful. While most collagen peptide supplementation is good for you, not all collagens are created equally. Based on this insight, GELITA has developed a portfolio of uniquely optimized Bioactive Collagen Peptides® for targeted needs. And GELITA has the proof. In several high level randomized, placebo controlled clinical trials with real people, Bioactive Collagen Peptides® have shown their beneficial effects.

Connect with GELITA for this one-of-a-kind collagen session and participate in an exciting growing global market!

Tonja Lipp
Tonja Lipp is the Senior Manager Business Development for Health & Nutrition for GELITA USA. Lipp earned a Master’s Degree in Food Technology from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, and a Master’s Degree in International Business Management and Economics from the University of Applied Science in Nürtingen, Germany. A 20-year veteran in the functional ingredients arena, Lipp took this position in July 2012, after having developed a broad knowledge of GELITA Bioactive Collagen Peptides®.


LUNCH BRIEF: Natural vs. Synthetic Zeaxanthin: What Does the Science Tell Us?



The growing eye health market continues to offer opportunities for new product formulations. As manufacturers evaluate options, the science and safety of ingredients is a foundation for brand credibility. Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts University, will review the published science on natural dietary zeaxanthin and zeaxanthin isomers, such as (RS) meso-zeaxanthin, as well as the benefits of lutein in children’s formulations and the science on the optimal ratio of lutein to zeaxanthin.