Regulations, supply chain, and deep science take center stage in Oxford

By Stephen Daniells contact

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NDIs, GMPs, advances in analytical techniques, safety, and future directions for dietary supplements are just some of the stand out topics to be explored at the upcoming 17th Annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals.

The event, hosted by the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) at the University of Mississippi runs April 3rd - 6th, 2017 in Oxford, MS.

Day 1 highlights

The FDA’s Dr Cara Welch will lead a session with presentations covering current and future perspectives from the FDA, including a presentation by Sibyl Swift on NDIs and “The path from objection to acknowledgement”.

In a subsequent sessions, Krista Coventary from East Source Nutraceutical, Inc., will look north with an update on the regulatory environment for botanical ingredients in the Canadian health products marketplace.

During the afternoon of the first day, Dan Marsman, P&G Health Care, will introduce a series of presentations about GMPs from an industry perspective, including presentation from Frank Jaksch, CEO of ChromaDex,​ and the Natural Products Association’s Dr Corey Hilmas and Dr Dan Fabricant.

Day one closes out with a presentation from Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, where he will discuss the Botanical Adulterants Program.​ The program is a collaboration of the ABC, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, and the National Center for Natural Products Research at Ole Miss.

Day 2 highlights

The second day starts with presentations on the topic of toxicology and safety surveillance of dietary supplements.​ Dr Victor Navarro from the Einstein Healthcare Network returns to the conference to provide an update on dietary supplement-related liver injury. Cristiana Leslie Correa from Planitox will continue the discussion around liver injury, and Dr Rick Kingston from SafetyCall International and the University of Minnesota, will discuss adverse event reports and the cost of regulatory transparency.

Analytical techniques will take center stage during a session titled, “Analytical Methods and Reference Materials for Botanical Dietary Supplements”. Featured speakers include Adam Kuszak from the Office of Dietary Supplements (NIH), Paula Brown from the BC Institute of Technology, James Harnly from the US Department of Agriculture, Darryl Sullivan from Covance Laboratories, Catherine Rimmerv from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Holly Johnson from Alkemist Labs, Uma Sreenivasan from Cerilliant Corporation, Nandakumara Sarma from the United States Pharmacopeia, Gary Jackoway from MIDI, Inc., Eike Reich from CAMAG Laboratory, and Trish Flaster from Botanical Liaisons, LLC.

Other topics covered include herd-drug interactions, cosmetics, and cannabinoids.

Day 3 highlights

Day 3 kicks off with a session on international perspectives on botanical research, with presentations from researchers from South Korea, South Africa, and Australia.

The United Natural Product Alliance’s Loren Isrealsen will then moderate a session looking at future initiatives on dietary supplements, which will feature presentations from the American Herbal Products Association’s Maged Sharaf, UNPA’s Larisa Pavlick, and NutraIngredients-USA Senior Editor Stephen Daniells.

Natural products research and technologies round out the program before a tour of the NCNPR facilities.

Day 4 highlights

Analytical techniques and technology also feature heavily on the fourth and final day of the conference. After a few presentations about international efforts on the development of Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCMs), the program turns to safety and quality evaluation of botanicals, including presentations by Kerri Smith (Waters Corporation), Hellen Oketch-Rabah (USP), and Kirsten Tripplett (Traditional Medicinals, Inc.).

DNA technology goes under the spotlight with presentations by Natalia Ivanova from the University of Guelph, David Erickson from DNA4 Technologies LLC, Sara Handy from the FDA, and Pietro Piffanelli from PTP Science Park/Indena.

For more information and to register for the 17th Annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals in Oxford, Mississippi (April 3-6, 2017) please click HERE​.

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