Associate Members

Amin Talati Upadhye focuses its law practice on FDA, USDA, FTC and patents and trademarks for food, beverage, dietary supplement, drug, cosmetic and medical device companies. Most of our lawyers have legal degrees focused on intellectual property and regulatory compliance and undergraduate science degrees, ranging from chemistry and pharmacy to biomedical engineering.

Areas of expertise include FDA, USDA and state compliance for food, beverage, drug, dietary supplement, cosmetic and medical device regulations; FTC and state advertising compliance through review of websites, print, radio and infomercial advertising to develop and ensure adequate substantiation for product claims; patent and trademark work, where we identify, protect, defend and monetize IP assets; and litigation, including IP, regulatory and business-related disputes.

 

The Law Office of Bayne & Associates is a Washington, D.C.-based law firm practicing food, drug and cosmetic law. The firm provides focused business and strategic expertise relating to the sale and marketing of functional foods, medical foods, dietary supplements and botanical products. The firm advises clients in all aspects of regulatory compliance and enforcement defense, imports, claims, substantiation, clinical research, product development and expert retention. Services include manufacturing, supply and related agreements for FDA-regulated products, including clinical trial agreements.

 

Marc Brush is the principal of Bend LLC, a consulting practice for purposeful brands and organizations looking to better align with the new world order. Bend performs market research and brand strategy with food and nutrition as particular sweet spots. Prior to Bend, Marc was the editor-in-chief of Nutrition Business Journal, the publication of record for the natural, organic, dietary supplement and personalized medicine industries.

 

Botanical Liaisons LLC is an ethnobotanical consulting firm providing botanical standards to industry, academicians and government agencies; international botanical sourcing; sustainable development of botanical ingredients; products offering intellectual property rights; guidance on the development and implementation of botanical quality assurance programs; and botanical research that results in unique products. The firm collaborates with scientists on all continents. Botanical Liaisons’ founder, Trish Flaster, developed the first virtual herbarium for economic plants and continues to implement quality programs for customers that are unique systems to qualify plant identity, establish sustainability and transparency of ingredients and to introduce new plants that offer intellectual property for the client.

 

Bruce Bouché, D.C., is an independent consultant specializing in dietary supplements. He is a licensed chiropractor and has been involved in the healthcare, natural products and dietary supplement industries for 30 years, working in the areas of business development, regulatory compliance, contract manufacturing oversight, and product and regulatory training. Bouché has worked with incubating, start-up, small and large companies to insure regulatory compliance on internal documentation, labeling, website and literature messaging to be in compliance with FDA, FTC, DSHEA and FSMA.

 

Buckner is a regional insurance broker and consultant with operations in Utah, Idaho, and Colorado. The firm employs nearly 200 professionals serving the risk and employee benefits requireements of clients throughout the United States. The Buckner Company maintains specialty practices in the nutraceutical, life sciences, healthcare, construction, transportation, manufacturing, and retail sectors.

Alan Butcher Ph.D., Consultant, is a trained Pharmacist, with a PhD in pharmaceutical technology and over 30 years of experience in cGMP and regulatory compliance in dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Butcher brings robust, pragmatic solutions to quality and compliance problems which are customized to the specific problems his client’s unique circumstances in their business and quality processes. It is Dr. Butcher’s passion for the nutritional supplement industry that drives him to guide companies through regulatory hurdles and complex landscapes that exist in the industry.

 

The CoQ10 Association was founded on the assertion that CoQ10 as an ingredient is an important contributor to the dietary supplement industry. Education is the key determinant for the success of the dietary supplement industry and more specifically CoQ10 as an ingredient. The association exists to facilitate the responsible transparency of ingredient manufacturing and education of the benefits of COQ10. The CoQ10 Association was founded to bring structure and intention to CoQ10’s exponential market growth; foster dialogue between leading CoQ10 industry members, physicians, and the public; maintain superior quality and marketing standards; and cultivate clinical study opportunities.

 

  The Economic Development Corporation of Utah was founded in 1987 as a private, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to serve as a catalyst for quality job growth and increased capital investment by assisting in-state companies to grow and recruiting out-of-state companies to expand and relocate in Utah. EDCUtah is set up to help companies through an expansion, relocation or consolidation process. From first call to ribbon cutting, EDCUtah provides professional and responsive support needed for success, with business development consultants providing education about the Utah business environment and to streamline the site selection process with accurate data, local contacts and logistical support.

FDA Compliance Group LLC looks forward to assisting companies achieve and maintain compliance with all FDA requirements. Our team of highly qualified and experienced consultants help prevent and solve FDA compliance problems. We provide the following services: mock FDA Compliance Audits and Gap Analyses; assistance with FDA inspection and Warning Letter responses; Specifications, SOPs and Documents; Testing and Laboratory requirements; Complaints and SAE Reporting; and FDA Readiness Training. In addition, we offer Labeling and Website reviews, NDI notifications, and GRAS determinations. Our mission is to assist the supplement industry achieve the highest quality standards which will enable our clients to provide the highest quality products to their customers.

 

Global Nutrition Group Inc. is a strategic consulting firm specializing in the nutrition industry. We are based in Japan and have strong market knowledge and network of experiences with more than 250 projects. We provide a wide range of strategic advice to the industry such as developing new products, establishing marketing strategies and assistance with regulatory challenges, etc. By providing accurate and useful information we help clients understand the market and lead them to success in the industry, based on our intelligence and in-depth research and analysis.

 

  Global Supplier Verification gives customers and suppliers a secure online platform for complete visibility of registered suppliers’ due diligence documentation to aid regulatory compliance and assist with customer or third-party audits for supplier verification requirements. GSV facilitates secure customer access to supplier certifications from anywhere with a web connection, ensuring real-time access to compliance documentation. This access and visibility will help customers evaluate, verify and risk assess suppliers for compliance. The GSV team, led by Greg Sommerville, has worked in global food and beverage for more than 25 years.

R.M. (Dick) Griffin, former owner of Grifcon Enterprises Inc., has now joined RT Specialty as an insurance consultant. Mr. Griffin, a commercial lines insurance broker with more than 50 years of experience, formed the Natural Products Liability Insurance program for the U.S. dietary supplement and natural products industry in 1996. He has been credited with the tremendous benefits that his programs created for the dietary supplement industry, helped attract more insurance markets willing to insure supplement companies and provided a high level of service to dietary supplement companies by providing quick access for Products Liability at drastically reduced premium costs. In addition, he and his partners established override programs and sponsorships for the benefit of industry associations and the members that, over an 18-year period, have exceeded more than $3 million.

In his new collaboration with NFP as a consultant, Dick will now be working directly with the clients again and will continue to support the industry associations by providing a high level of service to members and by finding new ways to provide sponsorships for the associations in the future.

As a consultant for NFP with its professional services, Dick will be able to provide any line of insurance coverage companies in the dietary supplement and life science industry, including commercial lines property and liability, workers compensation, and life and health benefits. Through NFP, both comprehensive coverage and competitive pricing can be tailored to the requirements of each insured company.

 

 

Health Business Strategies LLC, Established in 1991 by Michael D. Levin, provides executive management consulting services to the integrative medicine, pharmaceutical and natural products industries. Focused on business development, regulatory compliance and quality assurance, clients have included hospital systems, ingredient suppliers, supplement manufacturers, technology firms, group purchasing organizations, drug manufacturers, private equity firms and attorneys. International experience includes Japan, Asia, Canada, Israel and Europe. Certified under 21 CFR 117 as a “preventive controls qualified individual,” Mr. Levin has more than 30 years of executive positions in pharmaceutical, dietary ingredient and dietary supplement companies. Driving force: using nutritional interventions to improve quality of life, clinical outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.

 

Healthy Bizz is a strategic consultancy dedicated to growing businesses in the global Health & Wellness industry. Healthy Bizz is a specialized strategic consulting firm combining deep industry knowledge to assist companies in driving revenue, profitability, shareholder value and earnings growth. The firm focuses on companies in the Global Nutrition and Natural Products industry - a market that is over $350 Billion in retail sales! The Healthy Bizz consultants collectively have over 75 years of experience in the Health & Wellness industry with extensive experience from leading Fortune 500 companies including Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Procter & Gamble, Bayer Consumer Healthcare, Jacuzzi, Unigen, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Allscripts, G.D. Searle, Herbalife, Unigen and Twinlab.

 

Healthy Brand Builders is headed by 35-year industry veteran James S. Tonkin, a private sector brand marketing and development professional who has designed and implemented national infrastructure for his clients in the food and beverage industry. Tonkin has successfully created and implemented business and financial strategies for domestic and international firms focusing on: production and manufacturing; branding; sales; marketing; and distribution. In the last 23 years, Tonkin has promoted brand and marketing programs for many clients in the bottled water and functional food/beverage industries. His expertise spans the gamut from domestic cheese to potato chips, fortified pet waters to nutraceutical- functional and enhanced beverages.

 

The Healthy Lowdown helps manufacturers connect with natural products consumers using exclusively licensed original content — including blog posts, tweets, in-depth articles, infographics, and videos.

Holistic Primary Care (HPC) provides health care practitioners, as well as the general public, with lively, science-based content on preventative medicine and natural health care. Our quarterly print publication reaches more than 65,000 clinicians nationwide. Our website features fully searchable archives, and our monthly UpShots enewsletter provides quick “takes” on new developments in integrative medicine. HPC produces an annual conference, Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Patient Care, that focuses on practice development for integrative/holistic clinicians. HPC also produces the Practitioner Channel Forum, an executive-level gathering that focuses on opportunities in the practitioner segment of the natural products industry.

Informa Exhibitions is one of the world’s leading knowledge providers. We create and deliver highly specialized information through publishing, events, training, market intelligence and expertise, providing valuable knowledge to individuals, businesses and organizations worldwide including the emerging markets of India, China and South Africa.

Our Academic Publishing division publishes books and journals with over 93,000 titles available worldwide. We provide essential and world-class reference materials for academics and professionals, in addition to a host of handbooks and textbooks for students. Through our Business Intelligence division we offer a range of information services including breaking news and view, proprietary data and the latest research and analysis. Our Global Events division complements the services of Business Intelligence and Academic Publish by providing face-to-face networking opportunities enabling companies and individuals to develop, improve and compete. Informa produces over 3,000 events across the world every year, allowing communities to meet, share and develope idea, profile new products and services, build relationships and, ultimately, do business.

 

INSUR-WEST has been in business for over 34 years and has specialized in nutraceutical insurance products for 25. The company has over 150 nutraceuticals accounts worldwide, including several UNPA members.


International Marketing Company (IMC) has worked with all channels of distribution and has launched the success of a diverse client base over several decades. Our media relations and marketing strategies are both practical and innovative, catering to today’s technological world. Our specialty niche includes the natural products industry, integrative medicine, dietary supplements and natural beauty products. Our focus is helping international companies thrive in the competitive American market.

 

Joy’s Quality Management Systems Inc. (JQMS) specializes in the implementation of current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) through training programs, facility auditing, and prodcedure development. Since 2005, JQMS has effectively helped clients reach their goals of attaining cGMP and related regulatory compliance and avoid expensive, time-consuming regulatory actions. JQMS has the expertise and access to outside resources to respond to any compliance needs, including for raw materials, finished food dietary supplements or pharmaceuticals. With consultants located in Southern California and in Denver, the company is positioned to service clients both domestically and globally.

 

LifeScienceRisk is a Managing General Underwriter that offers appointed producers and wholesalers a single source for both primary and excess insurance for targeted segments of generic pharmaceuticals, medical devices and nutritional supplements. Products include commercial general liability or mono-line products liability for manufacturers, contract manufacturers, repackers and distributors of life science related products. Available on a non-admitted basis in all states other than Delaware and Rhode Island, the program is underwritten by Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London, currently rated "A XV" by A.M. Best.

 

Managed Strategies International LLC specializes in market entry & sales representation for companies who are expanding their business into Mexico, and also assists Latin American companies to export and sell their products abroad. The company's portfolio of services also includes sales representation & sales management , customized market research, source suppliers in Mexico, B2B Matchmaking (Mexico & USA), and foreign direct investment (FDI) initiative coordination.


Natural Product Research Consultants (NRPC) is a Seattle based consulting company founded by Donald Brown, ND, a leading expert in the safety and efficacy of probiotics, herbal medicines, and nutritional supplements. NPRC offers a number of consulting services designed to assist companies in the natural products and pharmaceutical industries. From development and research of new dietary supplements and existing product reformulation, to regulatory services such as claims substantiation, NPRC has helped clients raise the bar for evidence-based products worldwide. We also offer a range of educational services for a wide variety of clients and audiences, including industry and healthcare professionals, as well as consumers.

Pitch Publicity specializes in securing publicity. In fact, our name is derived from the pivotal function of gaining publicity: the pitch. From developing a strategic story angle for the media to creating the perfect combination of program elements for a fundraising event, one of the primary keys to obtaining results that have an impact is a carefully crafted strategic message, or pitch.

The focus is not on us; it’s on you and your success. We understand what makes a story newsworthy, and we respect journalists’ deadlines and needs. Our time is spent pitching the media newsworthy stories on the phone, not over-strategizing on conference calls. Pitch is about results. Period. Our services are based on custom campaigns designed to produce results that match your company’s objectives.

 

  PlantaPhile is a consulting firm that focuses on all aspects of herbal product development, registration and licensing. Founded by author and ethnobotanical authority, Thomas Brendler, the firm brings more than 20 years of experience in the use of plants in medicine, food and cosmetics. With offices in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, PlantaPhile has worked in collaboration with a variety of national and international entities in the preparation, management and execution of various public- funded research projects. Brendler also established the Association of African Medicinal Plants Standards (AAMPS) and currently serves as director of AAMPS and editor-in-chief of the AAMPS African Herbal Pharmacopoeia. 

 

Randy Dennin and Associates LLC is a uniquely positioned team of executives with leadership positions throughout the global health industry. Over his 20 years in the global health industry, Randy Dennin, president, has served as Pfizer vice president of global business development and vice president and general manager for the Americas region, along with additional leadership roles within the Pfizer organization. Mr. Dennin has founded, chaired or participated as a board member in a number of influential organizations driving the natural products industry. The global team includes experts in the fields of national and international law, global regulatory affairs, product registration, public relations and communications, marketing, product placement and executive recruitment for the global dietary and health food markets.

 


RDH Mahony Consulting is a Lehi, Utah-based consultancy to the vitamin and supplement industry, founded by industry veteran and former CEO of Nature’s Way, Rory Mahony. The firm specializes in strategy, integration and national and international commerce. Mahony brings more than 30 years of global industry-related experience, serving in various capacities with Nature’s Way as well as serving in key advisory and board positions for botanical and industry associations, such as the Natural Products Association and the American Herbal Products Association. For more information, contact Rory Mahony, . 




Carl Reynolds is an independent regulatory consultant specializing in food, manufacturing and warehousing, dietary supplements and finished dose and bulk pharmaceutical manufacturing. Carl brings 50 years of regulatory experience to the firm having served in various internal and advisory positions within the Food and Drug Administration, as well as an auditor for the Natural Products Associations’ GMP Certification Program for Dietary Supplements and the USP Dietary Supplement Verification Program. Reynolds is a sought-after expert for training and professional conferences regarding implementation of GMPs, recalls, inspections and regulatory authority of FDA.

 

Rosstandard Ltd. is an American corporation duly authorized by the Russian GOST-R Certification Authorities and Certification Center of Russian Ministry of Public Health with offices in New York, USA and the Slovak Republic, European Union. The company provide internationals exporters to Russia with all kinds of mandatory and voluntary certifications for most products, ranging from certification of consumer products and industrial equipment to state registration of nutritional supplements, foods and medical devices.


Ryan Turner Specialty Group LLC is a global organization consisting of wholesale brokerage, underwriting managers and other specialty insurance services to agents, brokers and insurance carriers. We specialize in creative, innovative solutions for your complex risks. We have developed long‐term relationships, resources and trust that make us a leader in the wholesale brokerage arena. Our mission is to help your clients confront specialized risk through collaboration between agents, brokers and insurance carriers. Our motto: “Many ways, one path.”

 

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite has acted as counsel to the Arizona and Southwest business communities for nearly 70 years. The office's highly knowledgeable attorneys represent all segments of the business community, ranging from public and private companies, large corporations and banks to start-up ventures and entrepreneurs.  The broad skill set and practice capabilities of our lawyers give them the depth of experience to handle nearly every type of transactional or litigation matter.

SafetyCall International is a multidisciplinary health care practice that provides manufacturers with adverse event management, regulatory reporting, post-market surveillance and product-safety consulting services. It operates the world’s largest 24/7 human and animal adverse-event call center, providing clients with immediate, around-the-clock access to trusted health, safety and medical information. The staff of SafetyCall International has managed more than 2 million product incidents over the past 30 years. As nationally recognized experts in the collection and interpretation of spontaneously reported incident data, SafetyCall professional are well equipped to help both the smallest and largest clients. SafetyCall is proud to be the preferred adverse-event management service provider for UNPA members.

The Shelton Group is a boutique public relations and marketing agency working exclusively in the dietary supplements and natural products industry since 1990. A specialist in this sector, the Shelton Group’s approach goes far beyond traditional public relations and marketing tactics, incorporating industry regulatory concerns, market sensibilities and industry issues and practices. Clients are both international and domestic dietary supplement and natural products manufacturers and suppliers. Services include B2B public relations, crisis communications, consumer outreach, branding and digital and content-based marketing.

 

  Smidt Labs LLC provides R&D-related consulting services to the dietary supplement industry. Services include new product innovation and development, product strategy, research collaborations and the management of R&D organizational growth or change. Smidt Labs is owned by Carsten Smidt, Ph.D., an experienced veteran in the dietary supplement industry. Dr. Smidt holds a Ph.D. in Nutrition Science from the University of California at Davis, and has over 25 years of experience in research, product development and strategic R&D management at well-known international companies, such as Nu Skin/Pharmanex, Shaklee Corporation, USANA Health Sciences and dōTERRA International.

Systems BioScience develops innovative research tools for Vector delivery technologies, MicroRNA research, Exosome research, and Genome Engineering tools, including the CRISPR-Cas9 SmartNuclease™ system and PrecisionX™ HR targeting vectors.


The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries. Since its founding in 1820, USP has helped secure the quality of the American drug supply. Building on that legacy, USP today works with scientists, practitioners, and regulators of many nations to develop and revise standards that help protect public health worldwide.

 

WholeFoods Magazine is the oldest trade publication serving the natural products industry. We are known for informing and educating, with in-depth features, breaking news, well-respected columnists, unique multimedia coverage, e-books, videos, enewsletters and more. We publish 12 print issues per year (including the May Source Directory), plus our Survey Issue and other special issues. To keep up to date, visit our website: WholeFoodsMagazine.com. Our online product directory is located NaturalProductFinder.com. WholeFoods Magazine is a BPA-audited publication.


William Reed Business Media has been providing market leading business information for 150 years. The markets we serve are central to everyone’s life. They include food and drink, where our activities extend across manufacturing, retail, wholesale and hospitality, and, more recently, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

Guided by our values of progress, passion, responsibility, and trust, we are committed to providing the information and insights our customers demand.

 

Bradford W. Williams is an independent consultant specializing in dietary supplements and pharmaceutical GMPs. Williams brings 30 years of insights and regulatory experience working within various divisions of the Food and Drug Administration. He most recently served as manager of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs, Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, where he implemented the cGMP regulations. Williams was involved in developing the center’s strategic plans for enforcement of DSHEA. He also brings insights from serving as a technical expert on GMP certification programs in NSF’s Dietary Supplements Division.

 

Windrose Partners is a strategic consulting firm specializing in dietary supplements, medical foods and functional foods. Windrose was founded by Greg Stephens, a recognized industry expert and leader with more than 25 years of experience in nutritional health and wellness. Prior to Windrose Partners, Greg held a progressive series of senior management positions at Abbott Nutrition (Abbott Laboratories), Natural Marketing Institute (NMI), Nurture Inc. and Marriott Corporation’s Healthcare Foodservice Division. Greg is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Nutraceuticals World magazine and contributing editor for its Business Insights column. He has published over 100 articles and is a frequent lecturer at US and international forums. The Windrose team includes associates with domain expertise in clinical research, safety substantiation, regulatory affairs, marketing, business development, product/applications development, medical reimbursement and intellectual property.