BERM 14 Plenary and Keynote Speakers

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Plenary Speakers:
Derek Craston – LGC Limited, Teddington, UK
Raymond Cypess – American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), Manassas, VA, USA
Hendrik Emons – Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), Geel, Belgium
Daniel Fabricant – Natural Products Association, Washington DC, USA
Ulrich Panne – Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Braunschweig, Germany
Mauro Panteghini – University of Milano Medical School, Milan, Italy
Donald G. Patterson – EnviroSolutions Consulting, Auburn, GA, USA
 
Keynote Speakers:
Mark Blumenthal – American Botanical Council, Austin, TX, USA
Angelique Botha – National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA), Pretoria, South Africa
Barry Cherney – Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, California, USA
Jorge Ruiz Encinar – University of Oviedo, Spain
Arlene Fox – AOAC International
Manfred Gröning – International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria
Steven Musser – U.S. Food and Drug Administration, College Park, MD, USA
Sang-Ryoul Park – Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), Daejeon Republic of Korea
Ruud Peters – RIKILT, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Melissa Phillips – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Eric Reiner – Ministry of the Environment, Ontario, Canada
Takeshi Saito – National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ), Tsukuba, Japan
Darryl Sullivan – Covance Laboratories, Madison, WI, USA
Ingrid Zegers – Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), Geel, Belgium

Plenary Speaker Biographies:
Derek Craston – LGC Limited, Teddington, UK
Dr Derek Craston is Chief Scientific Officer, Managing Director of Science and Innovation and Government Chemist at LGC, where he is responsible for the leadership of teams delivering R&D programmes in analytical quality and metrology and for coordinating research across LGC’s service and product portfolios.
Derek joined LGC in 1991, and prior to becoming Government Chemist he was responsible for LGCs’ pharmaceutical business which involved managing operations in the UK and Germany that supplied reference material products and high quality analytical services to industry.
Derek has a degree in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews, a Ph.D from Imperial College, London, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Kingston. Prior to joining LGC, Derek spent two years at the University of Texas, Austin (USA), and three years at AEA Technology, Harwell (UK), working in the area of applied electrochemistry.
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Raymond Cypess – American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), Manassas, VA, USA
Dr. Cypess is currently Chairman, President and CEO of ATCC Global in Manassas, Virginia, where for the past 20 years he has demonstrated the ability to apply business acumen, fiscal responsibility and innovative approaches to the management of a non-profit/profit corporate structure. He is also Chairman of the BioNexus Foundation and the architect of the new Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI). He holds a D.V.M. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Cypess came to ATCC from the University of Tennessee, Memphis, in 1993. He was Dean of the College of Graduate Health Sciences, as well as Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Comparative Medicine, and Vice Provost for Research and Research Training, winning the UT Memphis College of Medicine Outstanding Teacher Award for the years 1989-1993. He has been an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and Professor and Chairman at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine.
In the course of his extensive professional career, Dr. Cypess participated on NIAID scientific review boards and various NIH Study Sections and served on several editorial boards. He is the author of more than 75 chapters, reviews, and journal articles, a fellow in the Infectious Disease Society, and a member of the American Epidemiology Society. At ATCC, he has served as principal investigator on numerous grants and contracts, including the MR4 (The Malaria Research & Reference Reagent Resource Center), and the BEI (Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Research Resources Repository) from the NIAID. Dr. Cypess was also the architect of the multi-million dollar IRR (Influenza and Reagents and Resources) contract award and renewal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. He has served on boards of NYSE and NASDAQ corporations, as well as Director and Treasurer of the Virginia Biotechnology Authority, Advisor to Massachusetts Life Science Center, and on the Executive Board of the Virginia Biotechnology Association.
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Hendrik Emons – Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), Geel, Belgium
Professor Hendrik Emons is Head of the Department 'Standards for Innovation and sustainable Development' of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), located in Geel (Belgium).
He gained a PhD in Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry at the Martin-Luther University of Halle, Germany, in 1984 and a Habilitation (DSc) in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Leipzig in 1988. He was Docent for Analytical Chemistry in Leipzig and in 1991/92 Humboldt Fellow at the University of Cincinnati, OH, USA. Afterwards he was in charge of the German Environmental Specimen Banking Project at the Research Centre Jülich (Germany), and 2001/2002 Deputy Head of the Institute for Phytosphere Research there. He joined the European Commission in 2003.
At IRMM he is heading a truly multidisciplinary team which realizes programs on the development, production and certification of reference materials for a very broad range of application areas, from impact toughness of steel to proteins in human serum, from trace element to microbiological analysis and from nanoparticle sizing to GMO quantification.
He is also teaching as Associate Professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, is Editor-in-Chief of Accreditation and Quality Assurance, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and elected member of the Leibniz Society of Sciences, located in Berlin (Germany).
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Daniel Fabricant – Natural Products Association, Washington DC, USA
Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. is Executive Director and CEO of the Natural Products Association (NPA), the nation’s largest and oldest trade organization representing the natural products industry, including dietary supplements, foods, personal care products and more. He is responsible for implementing board policy for the advancement and protection of the natural products industry, while overseeing every aspect of the association’s programs and activities.
Most recently, Dr. Fabricant served as the Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he directed agency policy, public affairs and regulatory action regarding regulation of the dietary supplement industry for more than three years. While with the agency, he successfully navigated the large, heavily-matrixed governmental organizational structure to bring life to a regulatory function that was non-existent for almost 20 years. Prior to the FDA, Dr. Fabricant was vice president, global government and scientific affairs, for NPA, responsible for establishing and leading industry coalitions dealing with a range of legislative, regulatory and scientific matters. Dr. Fabricant carried his interest in natural products into the classroom, earning a Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy since 2009. Pharmacognosy is the study of drugs derived from natural sources (plants and animals). He has also published extensively and is internationally recognized for his regulatory and governmental public health expertise and natural products research.
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Ulrich Panne – Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Braunschweig, Germany
Dr. Ulrich Panne is president of BAM since 2013 and responsible for managing BAM with the mission safety in technology and chemistry. BAM is a designated institute for metrology in chemistry and handling a large reference material program.
Ulrich joined BAM in 2004 as head of the department of “analytical chemistry; reference materials” and professor for instrumental analytical chemistry at Humboldt University Berlin. He did his PhD work in analytical chemistry at the Technical University Munich (TUM), postdoc at the Environment Institute of Joint Research Centre Ispra, and habilitation at TUM. His research interests are analytical chemistry with focus on spectrochemical analysis, especially laser spectroscopy.
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Mauro Panteghini – University of Milano Medical School, Milan, Italy
Mauro Panteghini, M.D., Postgraduate in Laboratory Medicine, is a full Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology at University of Milano Medical School.
His institutional positions are Director of the Chair of Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology at the Medical School of the University of Milan, Italy; Director of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Director of Clinical Pathology Unit of the “Luigi Sacco” University Hospital in Milan, Italy; Director of the Centre for Metrological Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (CIRME) of the University of Milan; and Responsible for the Accredited Reference Laboratory (a JCTLM listed reference laboratory service).
Professor Panteghini has served in a number of international and national scientific activities in the field of Laboratory Medicine. He is currently President of the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM).
He has published more than 450 manuscripts (h-index: 43) and more than 420 abstracts. He presented over 100 invited lectures during international congresses.
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Donald G. Patterson – EnviroSolutions Consulting, Auburn, GA, USA
Donald G. Patterson Jr. earned his BA degree from the University of Northern Colorado and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Arizona State University. Following three years of post-doctorate research with Professor Carl Djerassi at Stanford University, he joined the Toxicology Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1979. He was a member of the Senior Biomedical Research Service within the Organic Analytical Toxicology Branch within the Division of Laboratory Sciences at CDC until his recent retirement after 29 years of U.S. Government service. He is also Adjunct Professor of Environmental Forensics at Penn State University.
He is currently President of EnviroSolutions Consulting, Inc. in Auburn, GA, USA and a Business Development Manager for AXYS Analytical Services Ltd in Sidney, BC, Canada. He is a Principal Scientist for Exponent, a scientific and engineering consulting firm that provides solutions to complex technical problems.
His current interests include the development and application of new and novel methods for sensitive, specific, fast, and accurate quantitative analysis for environmentally significant compounds in human tissues. In addition, his recent research interests have centered on the application of time-of-flight mass spectrometry to human biomonitoring studies by interfacing TOF/MS and high resolution MS to fast gas chromatography and comprehensive multidimensional (GCxGC) gas chromatography. Dr. Patterson has applied these methods (in collaboration with State Health Departments; other U.S. Government Agencies; and Government Agencies of other Countries) to a large number of epidemiologic health assessment studies including among others: Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam veteran ground troops; U.S. Air Force Operation Ranch Hand Vietnam Veterans (actually sprayed Agent Orange); Times Beach, Missouri dioxin exposure; dioxin half-life studies in humans; various occupational exposures and cancer mortality; Seveso, Italy dioxin exposure; herbicide sprayers; endometriosis and breast cancer in women; Great Lakes fish eaters exposure; residents exposed to incineration products; and pesticide exposure to farmers.
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Keynote Speakers Biographies:
Mark Blumenthal – American Botanical Council, Austin, TX, USA
Mark Blumenthal is the Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education using science-based and traditional information to promote responsible use of herbal medicine. He is the Editor/Publisher of HerbalGram, an international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal.
Mark has appeared on over 600 radio and television shows and has written over 700 articles, reviews and book chapters for many major publications. He was inducted into NewHope360's 2012 Hall of Legends which celebrates “having made significant contributions to the development and evolution of the natural products industry”. In 2010, Mark was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize in honor of the late Purdue Professor Varro E. Tyler from the American Society of Pharmacognosy. He has been a leader in the concern for more rational regulations of herbal and natural product manufacturing, and education on plant-based medicines for over 37 years.
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Angelique Botha – National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA), Pretoria, South Africa
Dr Angelique Botha, research and development metrologist at the NMISA, South Africa is the current chairperson of ISO/REMCO, the ISO Committee on reference materials, and the convenor of working group 16 in ISO/REMCO responsible for the revision of ISO Guide 35:2006, ‘Reference materials – General and statistical principles for certification’. She also serves on national and international ISO committees for air pollution standards, as well as several of the working groups of the Consultative Committee for Chemistry (CCQM) of the International Committee of Weights and Measures (CIPM).
Dr Botha obtained her master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1996, specialising in organometallic synthesis. She started her career in Chemistry with a short stint in the platinum mining industry as a development chemist for Impala Platinum Ltd.
In 1997 she joined the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) as their first chemical metrologist, tasked with the responsibility to establish a facility for metrology in chemistry for South Africa. After establishing the first accredited gas metrology laboratory in South Afirca, she completed her PhD-studies in 2010 with a project to characterise South African geological reference materials using isotope dilution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ID-ICPMS). She then became more involved with projects in the inorganic analysis laboratory, focussing on the trace and ultra-trace analysis of toxic and nutritional elements in food matrices.
Dr Botha developed and for many years presented a course on the estimation of uncertainty of measurement for analytical chemists for the National Laboratory Association of South Africa (NLA). She is also qualified as a technical assessor to assist with assessments to ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO Guide 34 for the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) and performs peer reviews for other international accreditation bodies.
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Barry Cherney – Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, California, USA
Barry Cherney obtained his Ph. D. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and did his postdoctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Georgetown University. He joined CBER, FDA in 1991 as a Senior Staff Fellow in the Division of Hematological Products. During his 21 years in the FDA, Dr. Cherney held positions as Research/Reviewer, Inspection coordinator, an Expert Biologist, and as Deputy Director of the Division of Therapeutic Proteins where he was responsible for approval of CMC sections of license applications and supplements within his division. Dr. Cherney helped write a number of FDA guidance document including the ICH Q5E document on comparability of biotechnological products and Quality Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity to a Reference Product and helped organize a number of workshops on reference standards for biotechnology products. Barry joined Amgen in 2012 as an Executive Director in product quality where he leads a team overseeing product quality for a number of Amgen’s programs for legacy products and Biosimilars.
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Jorge Ruiz Encinar – University of Oviedo, Spain
Jorge Ruiz Encinar received his PhD in Chemistry in 2001 from the University of Oviedo (Spain). After working as a postdoc at the CNRS “Laboratory of Analytical Bioinorganic and Environmental Chemistry (LCABIE)” in Pau (France), between 2002 and 2004, he returned to the University of Oviedo as a Ramón y Cajal Researcher (2004-2009). Since 2010 he holds an Associate Professor position at the same university. Additionally, he is Invited Professor at the University of Pau (France) since 2011 and he has taught a number of courses in companies and universities in different countries such as Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan and China. In 2007, he was awarded with the “Young Chemist Prize” by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. He is currently the coordinator of the International Master in Analytical and Bioanalytical Sciences at the University of Oviedo.
His main research interests are focused in mass spectrometry and stable isotope-based methods, mostly applied to environment, speciation and heteroatom-tagged proteomics, and the development of new biological applications of functionalized nanoparticles. He is co-author of 70 publications in peer-reviewed international journals (JCR) with a total number of citations of 1750 (H index = 26); 5 book chapters; and 1 international licensed patent. As well, he has more than 100 contributions to national and international conferences being 26 of them invited lectures.
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Arlene Fox – AOAC International
Ms. Fox is currently employed as the Senior Director of Proficiency Testing at AOAC International where she developed, implemented and obtained accreditation for the AOAC Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program. Her responsibilities include: ensuring that the operation of the AOAC Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program remains consistent with accreditation requirements, the supervision of staff that are responsible for daily operation of the program, and coordinating activities of the department with other AOAC departments.
Ms. Fox has held a leadership role in developing tools for improving quality in both bio-threat laboratories and food laboratories. She has worked with the AOAC team and members of the bio-threat community to draft a sample collection standard and validate bio-threat test kits. She is an assessor for both bio-threat laboratories and food laboratories. She was appointed by ANSI to serve on the Expert Panel for CASCO WG28 to draft ISO 17043: 2010. Ms Fox is the AOAC staff liaison to the Technical Division for Laboratory Management and the Analytical Laboratory Accreditation Criteria Committee (ALACC). Ms Fox has coordinated the development of ALACC accreditation criteria applying ISO 17025 to a food microbiology, food chemistry, dietary supplements, and pharmaceutical laboratory.
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Manfred Groening – International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria
Dr Manfred Gröning is Laboratory Head of the Terrestrial Environment Laboratory of IAEA, and is subprogramme manager for IAEA reference products for science and trade, where he is responsible for the coordination of activities of multidisciplinary teams in the area of reference materials and proficiency tests for stable isotopes, radionuclides and trace elements.
Manfred joined the IAEA in 1995, and prior to becoming Laboratory Head of the terrestrial environmental laboratory, he was heading for 15 years the Isotope Hydrology Laboratory with associated responsibility for stable isotope reference materials.
Manfred has a PhD degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in the area of isotope hydrology, noble gases and paleo-temperature reconstructions. Before joining the IAEA, he participated in suitability studies for a potential geological waste repository in Germany.
He is Titular Member of the Commission on Isotopic Abundances and Atomic Weights operating under auspices of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.
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Steven Musser – U.S. Food and Drug Administration, College Park, MD, USA
Dr. Musser is currently the Deputy Center Director for Scientific Operations at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). In addition to managing policy and operations, he oversees an extensive research portfolio supporting a number of priority food and cosmetic programs, including counter-terrorism, dietary supplements, foodborne pathogens, chemical contaminants and natural toxins. He has directed the Center’s research in precedent setting areas of food research, which include food allergen detection, methods for detecting chemical contaminants, dietary supplement analysis, whole genome sequencing of food pathogens and the use of proteomics for microbial epidemiology and classification. He has published more than 80 articles in the peer reviewed scientific literature and regularly represents CFSAN at national and international meetings.
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Sang-Ryoul Park – Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), Daejeon Republic of Korea
Dr Sang-Ryoul Park is currently a principal research scientist at KRISS just after serving as the director of the Division of the Metrology for Quality of Life at KRISS (2012-2014). The division covers the technical fields of chemistry, biology, ionizing radiation, and safety measurement. Sang-Ryoul joined KRISS in 2000, since then, has leaded the research activities in the field of metrology for bioanalysis and clinical chemistry at KRISS.
Sang-Ryoul has a degree in Chemistry from Seoul National University, and a PhD in bioanalytical chemistry from the University of Kansas (Lawrence. KS, USA). Prior to joining KRISS, Sang-Ryoul spent two years at Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT, USA) as a postdoctoral fellow. Then, he was trained at Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA) as a clinical biochemist for two years.
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Ruud Peters – RIKILT, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Ruud Peters (1960) holds a PhD in Chemistry and has over 25 years of experience in analytical chemistry. He started out the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), worked for 17 years at TNO (the Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) and since 2007 for RIKILT, the Dutch institute of food safety, part of Wageningen UR. Currently he is coordinating the section Contaminants (25 researchers and analysts) that deals with organic contaminants like dioxins and PAH, process contaminants like acrylamide, melamine and nitrosamines, heavy metals, nanomaterials and radioactivity. He is also project leader of the National Plan Residues in food from animal origin and of the 24/7 crisis organisation. From a scientific point of view he is involved in the development and application of new methods for contaminants and residues in food and feed, the identification of new and “unknown” contaminants and residues, and especially the last years, the development of methods for nanomaterials in food and non-food.
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Melissa Phillips – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Melissa M. Phillips has been a research chemist in the Chemical Sciences Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since 2008. She is involved in the certification efforts for food and dietary supplement Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) and is a coordinator of the Dietary Supplement Laboratory Quality Assurance Program (DSQAP) as well as the Food and Nutrition Reference Materials Program. Her interests include development of new analytical methods for the determination of marker compounds and vitamins in dietary supplements and foods, as well as improving the measurement capabilities of the dietary supplement and food communities. Melissa obtained a B.S. in Chemistry, and M.S. in Forensic Chemistry, and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University.
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Eric Reiner – Ministry of the Environment, Ontario, Canada
Eric Reiner is a senior mass spectrometry research scientist at the Laboratory Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. He also holds adjunct professor status at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto and University of Waterloo and Department of Environmental Forensics at Pennsylvania State University. Eric obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1986 in Analytical Chemistry / Mass Spectrometry. He has been working in the field of ultra-trace environmental analysis for more than 25 years and his research interests include the analysis of dioxin-like and other emerging toxic organics including halogenated flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds and industrial chemicals as well as advanced analytical techniques such as Fast GC, 2 Dimensional GC, chemical ionization mass spectrometry, tandem mass spectrometry and analytical automation.
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Takeshi Saito – National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ), Tsukuba, Japan
Takeshi Saito is currently chief of the Metrological Information Section at the National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba, Japan. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Science University of Tokyo; MS in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA); and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Akron (Akron OH, USA) specializing in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).
At NMIJ Dr. Saito has focused on the development and use of quantitative NMR for purity assessment and the development of a spectral database for organic compounds available from AIST. Dr. Saito has received several awards related to the development of quantitative NMR for metrological traceability realization. He is a member of ISO/REMCO.
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Darryl Sullivan – Covance Laboratories, Madison, WI, USA
Darryl Sullivan is the Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the Nutrition Chemistry and Food Safety Division at Covance Laboratories. Mr. Sullivan acts as the primary liaison with food, nutritional and dietary supplement companies as well as providing expertise on designing comprehensive testing programs to meet scientific and regulatory requirements. In this role he is often called upon as an expert witness for litigation and dispute resolution. He has managed numerous different departments at Covance including lab operations, research and development, client services, sample management, sample preparation and study direction, as well as a satellite laboratory in Michigan.
Mr. Sullivan received his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has more than 30 years of experience in laboratory testing of food and dietary supplements. He is considered to be an expert in the field of validation of analytical methods, having served for three years as Chair of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Official Methods Board. Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Task Force that redesigned the AOAC Standards Development Process. He is currently the Past President and Secretary of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Board of Directors, and the Chair of the AOAC Stakeholder Panel on Infant Formula and Adult Nutritionals. He is also the Chair of the AOAC Stakeholder Panel on Dietary Supplements. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the AOAC Research Institute. He is the Chair of the Analytical Laboratories Committee of the American Herbal Product Association, a member of the USP Council of Experts for Dietary Supplements, and is a member of the Joint Committee on Dietary Supplements of NSF.
Mr. Sullivan has developed and validated hundreds of analytical methods in the areas of nutrient and residue testing, and is the author of more than 75 publications and 100’s of scientific presentations. In addition, he is the Past Chair of the AOAC Presidential Task Force on Dietary Supplements and co-editor of the book Methods of Analysis for Nutrition Labeling. He is also the co-editor of the book Improving Import Food Safety.
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Ingrid Zegers – Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), Geel, Belgium
Ingrid Zegers graduated in Chemistry at the University of Brussels (VUB) and gained a PhD at Birkbeck College (London) and the VUB. She carried out research on the structure and function of proteins, particularly the mechanisms of enzymes and proteins involved in bacterial heavy metal resistance. Later she coordinated research projects on the physicochemical behaviour of proteins at higher concentrations (crystallisation, aggregation).
At the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements of the Joint Research Centre, she is responsible for the development of certified reference materials for clinical biomarkers like plasma proteins and the kidney marker cystatin C. She is a member of working groups of the International Federation for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) for the standardisation of measurement of biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease and for autoimmune diseases, and on commutability. In this context she also coordinates the research that underpins the development of suitable reference systems.
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