Food and Dietary Supplement Consultant specializing in Open Innovation NPD, Microencapsulation and Hydrocolloids

Technical Consultant #1721


Expertise

  • Food product development and technology.
  • Microencapsulation technology and delivery systems.
  • Hydrocolloid technology.
  • Functional foods and dietary supplements.
  • Confectionery and chewing gum, baking, beverages and sweet goods experience.
  • Technical management and open innovation development.
  • Expert witness (defendant and plaintiff).
  • Lab build-out and lab management experience.
  • Flavor technology.
  • Short-course developer and adjunct professor at Montclair State University and Rutgers University.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Managing Principal, 2004 - Present

  • Consultant for top multi-national food and dietary supplement companies developing strategy and prototypes for wellness applications.
  • Assist companies in technology development in the areas of microencapsulation, hydrocolloids and open innovation new product development.

Projects

  • Rutgers University and Montclair State University as an Adjunct Professor of Food Science teaching Foods and Nutrition courses; and Functional Foods/ Nutraceuticals and Dietary Supplements course.
  • Microbia Precision Engineering as Director of Application Development business and encapsulation technology development for carotenoids from bio-fermentation (biotech start-up company).
  • United Foods Corporation as V.P. of Research and Development, (consulting role) for new business and technology development.
  • Johnson & Johnson/McNeil Nutritionals as a Project Manager on Splenda™, Viactiv™ and Lactaid™ brands.
  • ConAgra Foods and Kraft Foods Global developing confidential technology, open innovation NPD and encapsulation solutions.
  • Martek Biosciences, Senomyx and other new technology/start-up biotech companies in the commercialization and development of novel new ingredients.

Pinnacle Foods Corporation, Cherry Hill, NJ, Director and Product Development, 2006 - 2007

  • Group Leader for Dunacn Hines®, Log Cabin® and Mrs. Butterworth® brands developing new product lines and extensions.
  • Launched 4 new innovative products to market, including Oven-Ready™ frozen brownies.

Firmenich, Inc., Princeton, NJ, Global Product Design Team Manager, North America, 2005 - 2006,

  • Constructed new labs and managed flavor application group developing encapsulated flavors and new technology for sweet goods applications.
  • Developed proprietary technology and served as North American encapsulation technology leader.

Natrol, Inc., Chatsworth, CA, Vice President of Technology and Product Development, 2003 - 2004

  • Member of senior executive management team developing strategy and execution of research and development initiatives. Key technical advisory to the CEO.
  • Developed labs and research and development teams and launched numerous wellness products in food and dietary supplement formats.

Mars, Inc., Vernon, CA, New Technology Manage, 2001 - 2003

  • Developed new concepts and prototypes for pet foods and pet snacks.
  • Developed wellness and functional food products for pets and human applications.
  • Led development of Cocoa Via™ brand of functional foods that delivered heart health benefits.

Rhodia Food Ingredients, Inc., Cranbury, NJ, 1998 - 2001

  • Filling the positions: Global Director of Innovation and Development and Director of Food Technology in North America.
  • Developed new technology programs globally for texture applications and coordinated lab development globally for top 20 international food companies.
  • Directed research and development functions for six food technology labs at two U.S. locations.
  • Managed a staff of 25 on a $3.2 million research and development budget. Managed Ph.D. level managers.

Balchem Corporation, Slate Hill, NY, Commercial Research Director, 1995 - 1998

  • Directed research program developing custom encapsulations for food and dietary supplement companies.
  • Supported marketing efforts by presenting capabilities to customers and at trade shows globally.

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Chicago, IL, 1990 - 1995

  • Filling the positions: Product Development Chemist and Sr. Exploratory Research Chemist.
  • Invented new ingredient technology and new ingredient systems, encapsulated sweeteners and flavors for chewing gum applications.
  • Developed new chewing gum products, improved dental benefits of chewing gum and supported intellectual property development (patents).

Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI. Sr. Development chemist, 1987 - 1990

  • Technical Service and development manager for food applications for METHOCEL™ food gums.
  • Developed new applications for increasing barrier properties and reducing oil uptake in batter and breaded fried food applications.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University and at Rutgers University in NJ.
  • Intellectual property and patent development.

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Institute of Food Technologists
  • American Chemical Society
  • Controlled Release Society

Publications and Patents

  • Numerous presentations given at IFT, AACC, FIE and other venues.
  • Chapter in AACC book on Batter and Breadings.
  • Over 35 patents (19 U.S. Patents, 17 foreign patents and 12 PCT's).

Education

  • Ph.D. Food Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • M.Phil. Food Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • M.S. Food Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • B.S. Food Science, Penn State University, University Park, PA
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