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Srinivas Janaswamy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dairy and Food Science, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD. He received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. Dr. Janaswamy’s research is on the basic and applied aspects of carbohydrates with an emphasis on the design and development of cost-effective carriers of bioactive compounds leading to novel functional foods, medicinal foods and food supplements. He is also actively involved in unraveling the correlation between the molecular structure and macroscopic behavior of polysaccharides and tailoring polysaccharide properties towards improved functionality.
Over the years, Dr. Janawamy’s research has gained high-profile media exposure through journal editors and scientific writers. As of today, he has authored 54 scientific articles and 6 provisional patents and is editing a book on ‘Natural Polymers for Drug Delivery’. He has mentored 5 graduate students, 15 undergraduate students and 3 visiting scholars, so far. Currently, he is on the editorial board of Carbohydrate Polymers.
Robert E. Brackett, PhD, is a Professor of Food Science and Nutrition and currently serves as Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Vice President and Director of the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH). In this capacity, he serves on the IIT administrative leadership team, as well as directs the scientific and educational programs at IFSH. Dr. Brackett has over 30 years of experience in scientific research in industry, government and academia.
Dr. Brackett served as Senior Vice President and Chief Science and Regulatory officer for the Washington D.C. based Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a position he held from 2007 to 2010. Prior to his position at GMA, he held several scientific and policy positions at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA CFSAN). Dr. Brackett served as CFSAN Director from 2004-2007, where he provided executive leadership to CFSAN’s development and implementation of programs and policies relative to the composition, quality, safety and labeling of foods, food and color additives, dietary supplements and cosmetics. Earlier in his career, Dr. Brackett held academic positions at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and the University of Georgia. Dr. Brackett is a fellow of the International Association for Food Protection and American Academy of Microbiology and has been honored with the FDA Award of Merit, the International Association for Food Protection’s President’s Appreciation Award, the University of Wisconsin William C. Frazier Food Microbiology Award, and most recently the FDA Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Brackett received his doctorate in food microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
David McCoy, Ph.D., is the vice president of Product Research at the Dairy Research Institute, where he provides technical coordination for Innovation Center initiatives, management of DRI’s cheese and fluid milk programs, reviews of the latest scientific papers to DRI’s monthly e-newsletter, Dairy Research Insights, to facilitate activation by the industry, scientific support to various DMI teams and coordination for the five Dairy Application Laboratories.
Dave started in the dairy industry as the Technical Director for Dederich Corporation and Milwaukee Food Laboratory before moving to Chr. Hansen, Inc. In his 28 years there, he held a variety of research, product development, technical service and marketing positions before becoming the Principal Scientist-North America in the cultures and enzyme division.
Dave has been an invited instructor at dairy short courses for many years, lecturing about cultures, enzymes, yogurt manufacture, probiotics or Italian cheese manufacture at five universities. He is currently a trustee of the American Dairy Science Assoc. (ADSA) Foundation and a member of the board of directors of ADSA.
Dr. McCoy is a former trustee and board member of the American Dairy Science Association.
Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Kansas State University and a doctorate in food science from the University of Illinois-Champaign. He resides in Milwaukee, WI.
Roger Clemens is Associate Director of the Regulatory Science program within the USC School of Pharmacy, and is Special Projects Advisor for ETHorn, a distributor of food ingredients. He was the Director of Analytical Research at USC for 5 years, and the Scientific Advisor for Nestlé USA for more than 21 years. He has published more than 50 original manuscripts in nutrition and food science, participated in more than 200 invited domestic and international lectures, and served as an expert panel member for the food industry, scientific organizations, trade associations and regulatory agencies in the United States and Canada.
Dr. Clemens is a professional member of and Fellow in the Institute of Food Technologists. Dr. Clemens received many awards for his leadership in IFT, the American Dietetics Association, and in local universities. He is an active member in the American Nutrition Society, a fellow in the American College of Nutrition and a fellow in the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dr. Clemens served on the IFT expert panel on functional foods, established and contributes to a monthly Food, Medicine and Health column published in Food Technology, and currently serves on the IFT Board of Directors. As a Food Science Communicator, Dr. Clemens has been cited and interviewed by more than 500 domestic and international health journalists, and has appeared on numerous televised discussions on contemporary health, nutrition and food safety issues.
Dr. Clemens is an elected member of three USP expert committees: Non-botanical Dietary Supplements, Information Expert Committee [Gastroenterologist] and Food Ingredients Committee. He is an appointed member of the Product Quality Working Group for the National Center for Contemporary and Alternative Medicine in Australia.
Dr. Clemens received an AB in Bacteriology, a MPH in Nutrition and a Dr.PH in Public Health Nutrition and Biological Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. James (Jim) McKim is currently President at IONTOX, LLC. IONTOX consulting provides expertise in the areas of general toxicology, in vitro toxicology, safety screening of chemicals, drugs, and personal care products.
Dr. McKim graduated with high honors from the doctoral program in biochemical and molecular toxicology at Oregon State University and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kansas Medical School. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology and has served as President of the Michigan Society of Toxicology
Dr. McKim has held many positions in his 20 years as a toxicologist. He was Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he researched mechanisms underlying liver diseases in children. He was awarded the DowCorning Technical Achievement Award for the research he led as Head of the Biochemical Molecular Toxicology Group on the biological effects of silicone products. At Pharmacia (later Pfizer) he was Director of the Global Center of Excellence for In Vitro Toxicology where he developed and patented algorithms assessing in vivo toxicity risk using in vitro data. Dr. McKim is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of CeeTox Inc, a leading CRO in the field of in vitro toxicity screening.
He is the founder and former Chief Scientific Officer of CeeTox in Kalamazoo, MI. Founded as a contract research organization, CeeTox provides support in the area of in vitro technology to help drug discovery scientists understand or predict the potentially adverse effects or toxicity of drugs before they get too far along in the development pipeline. McKim pulled together a team to form CeeTox as a Pfizer spinoff company. He has held many positions in 20 years as a toxicologist. At the University of Colorado School of Medicine he researched mechanisms underlying liver diseases in children. At Pharmacia (later Pfizer) he was director of the Global Center of Excellence for In Vitro Toxicology and developed and patented algorithms assessing in vivo toxicity risk. While at Dow, McKim received the company’s Technical Achievement Award for research on the biological effects of silicone products. He has published numerous scientific manuscripts, book chapters, and reviews, and is a frequent speaker. North American Science Associates acquired CeeTox in 2008 and the company expanded its technology to the cosmetic and chemical industries. When Europe banned animal testing on makeup and personal care products, CeeTox developed expertise and research in the industry, gaining a number of European clients. PETA UK funded CeeTox to begin formal validation of a non-animal skin allergy test for regulatory use. In 2010, CeeTox acquired ADMETRx, another Pfizer spinoff.
He is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology and has served as president of the Michigan Society of Toxicology. McKim graduated with honors from the doctoral program in biochemical and molecular toxicology at Oregon State University and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kansas Medical School.