Tomorrow! NIU's FREE blood sugar management forum

By Adi Menayang

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Experts from Nielsen and Atrium Innovations, as well as two experts on regulation in the dietary supplement space, will discuss the forces that make the blood sugar management category tick in a FREE online forum hosted by NutraIngredients-USA.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)​, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the US—and even that may be under-reported. Moreover, more than 20% of health care spending is for people with diagnosed diabetes.

There have been more consumers looking to preventive approaches in maintaining a healthy blood sugar level, and the nutraceutical industry is responding with botanically-derived ingredients such as resveratrol, fenugreek, and green tea.

What’s the latest science behind blood sugar management dietary supplement development, and what are consumer perceptions about these products and behaviors around managing their blood sugar levels? Equally important, how can dietary supplement manufacturers in this space ethically and responsibly market their products and validate their claims within existing regulatory frameworks, especially those laid out by FDA and FTC?

These are some of the topics we’ll cover during the NutraIngredients-USA Blood Sugar Management online forum​, which will be held on Thursday, February 23 at 11 AM EST. You can register for free by clicking HERE​. Our panel of experts include:


Justin Prochnow, Shareholder , Greenberg Traurig LLP: ​A shareholder in the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, Justin Prochnow focuses his practice on regulatory and business issues in the food, beverage, dietary supplement, and cosmetic industries. Prochnow works with industry companies to create and review labeling, marketing and advertising claims.  He also assists companies to address regulatory action from the FDA, the FTC and other regulatory agencies, investigations from state and local prosecutors, and false advertising lawsuits from class action lawyers.


Ivan Wasserman, Partner, Amin Talati & Upadhye, LLP:​ Ivan Wasserman is a partner in the Washington DC office of Amin Talati Upadhye, LLP.   Ivan is one of the nation’s premier attorneys for health, wellness, beauty and other consumer products. Companies of all sizes making, marketing and selling food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, over-the-counter drugs, and medical devices praise the depth of his knowledge and experience, his humor and his ability to maintain the human perspective while leading them through this heavily regulated landscape. Frequently cited by the media as a legal authority, Ivan helps his clients launch products and create and execute advertising campaigns that match the clinical evidence they have for their products, paying close attention to the changing rules governing internet marketing, consumer testimonials and social media.  Ivan advocates for clients subject to the often overlapping jurisdictions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission.   When advertising disputes arise, he regularly represents companies before the National Advertising Division (NAD) and the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program (ERSP).   He has been included in Best Lawyers in America from 2007 – 2017.


Andrew Mandzy, Director of Strategic Insights, Health & Wellness, Nielsen:​ Andrew Mandzy leads Nielsen’s Health & Wellness Growth & Strategy Team, which focuses on understanding and answering the most critical health & wellness related questions across Nielsen’s vast portfolio of clients in Retail, Food, OTC, Pharma and Healthcare. He’s been on stages at the Path to Purchase Expo, the Global Food Forums Protein Summit, the Organic Produce Summit, ECRM’s Efficient Planning Session and has been featured in Chain Drug Review, Convenience Store Decisions, Food Business News, FoodNavigator, Fortune, Grocery Headquarters and Progressive Grocer.


Barry Ritz, PhD, VP of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Atrium Innovations:​ Dr. Ritz is involved in a number of professional organizations, including the American Society of Nutrition, and Chairs the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s Senior Scientific Advisory Council.  His research interests in nutrition science include the evaluation of immunomodulatory nutraceuticals and the influence of age and nutritional status on the innate immune response.  Dr. Ritz has presented his research at national and international meetings and has numerous publications in scientific journals and texts.  In 2016, Atrium Innovations received the prestigious NBJ Award for Achievement in Science and Innovation.

The event will be moderated by Adi Menayang, Correspondent at NutraIngredients-USA.


The event is supported by:


Cargill: ​Cargill utilizes consumer insight, regulatory and scientific expertise to develop products that help customers capitalize on the growing demand for healthier, great tasting foods, beverages and dietary supplements. Cargill delivers innovation relevant to today's top formulation trends such as sugar reduction, non-GMO and label-friendly solutions.


Sabinsa:​ A manufacturer, supplier and marketer of herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals, dietary supplements and specialty fine chemicals for the nutritional, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries. For the past 25 years, Sabinsa has brought to market more than 100 standardized botanical extracts, several with clinical studies in conjunction with prestigious institutions in support of these products.


Natreon, Inc:​ A developer of novel compounds extracted from the traditional botanicals of Ayurvedic medicine. The company has created a broad portfolio of products and technologies with compelling intellectual property, including highly purified shilajit (one of the most important Ayurvedic remedies) - PrimaVie, Phyllanthus emblica (the superfruit Indian gooseberry) – Capros, and Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha or Indian ginseng) – Sensoril.

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