Personalized Nutrition 2021

Personalized Nutrition Innovation Summit 2021

Partnerships and Innovation: Driving the Personalized Nutrition Industry

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Virtual | EDT Timezone
28-29 June, 2021

“The event was incredibly valuable. Sharing ideas, experiences, wins and challenges set the tone for a truly collaborative experience.”

Maria Riccobono, Director of Business Development & Brand Partnerships, Tespo

About the Personalized Nutrition Innovation Summit

Partnerships and Innovation: Driving the Personalized Nutrition Industry Forward

The global Personalized Nutrition market is forecasted to grow to $16.6 billion USD by 2027. Increasing consumer awareness about the role of nutrition on wellbeing and immunity (in part driven by Covid-19), coupled with the rise in digital health tools, testing kits, and wearables, is exacerbating this trend. There is also increasing acceptance in the healthcare industry that the “one-size-fits-all” approach to nutrition has failed, and that personalized approaches have a critical part to play in preventative care.

However, despite potential, there are still considerable challenges preventing this industry from becoming mainstream. Start-ups in this space are struggling with customer retention & feedback and proving that their products work, and CPG firms and supplement brands are still assessing how best to invest in “the personal”. 

This Summit will provide the perfect forum for the CEO’s and founders of innovative personalized nutrition start-ups to meet with potential partners and investors. It will bring together CPG firms, supplement brands, and start-ups who are specializing in this space, to foster further partnerships and innovation.

100+
Attendees
20+
Speakers
5+
Hours of networking

Who Will Be There

50%
Emerging Companies
30%
Supplement Companies, FMCG/CPG Firms, & Pharmaceutical Companies
10%
Investors
10%
Healthcare & Insurance

Emerging Companies

Supplement Companies, FMCG/CPG Firms, & Pharmaceutical Companies

Investors

Healthcare & Insurance

PITCH AND PARTNER IS BACK!

This year, the summit is once again championing the most innovative and disruptive companies in the Personalized Nutrition space.

From start-ups focused on microbiome, blood or genetics testing, to those innovating trackable technology and artificial intelligence- this is an opportunity to showcase your brand and personalized products to a room filled with investors, ingredients providers, food manufacturers, and leaders in the nutrition industry. If you are a start up in data capture, analytics, personalized supplements, or wearable technology, you can apply here to present on the main stage.

The six shortlisted start-ups will be handpicked by our very own selection committee.

Deadline for applications Friday 21st May. 

APPLY NOW

NUTRINNOVATE SELECTION COMMITTEE

Author:

Mariette Abrahams

CEO & Founder
Qina

Author:

Tom Aarts

Founder & Managing Director
Nutrition Business Advisors

Author:

Ahmed El-Sohemy

Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
Nutrigenomix

Author:

Justine Horne

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University

Author:

Victor Penev

CEO
Edamam LLC

Victor Penev is a serial entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Edamam. He is also a mentor and investor in food technology startups and advises early stage entrepreneurs.

Previous to Edamam, Victor co-founded and sold Bulgaria’s largest Internet Company, NetInfo BG. Victor Penev also ran the international digital business of Playboy Enterprises, and was instrumental in starting the digital marketing efforts of BMG and in creating key e-commerce capability for Bertelsmann’s book clubs.

 

Victor holds a MBA from Stanford.

2021 Agenda

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Speakers

 

Mariette Abrahams

CEO & Founder
Qina

Mariette Abrahams

CEO & Founder
Qina

Mariette Abrahams

CEO & Founder
Qina
 

Noosheen Hashemi

Founder and CEO
January AI

Noosheen Hashemi is a tech veteran, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. She is the founder and CEO of January AI, a seed-stage precision health tech company that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to prevent, predict, postpone and manage chronic disease. January AI is Noosheen’s answer to a healthcare industry that seemed to only address decline and disease, rather than prevention and progress; January AI partners with people to understand their bodies and optimize it for health and longevity.

Noosheen Hashemi

Founder and CEO
January AI

Noosheen Hashemi

Founder and CEO
January AI

Noosheen Hashemi is a tech veteran, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. She is the founder and CEO of January AI, a seed-stage precision health tech company that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to prevent, predict, postpone and manage chronic disease. January AI is Noosheen’s answer to a healthcare industry that seemed to only address decline and disease, rather than prevention and progress; January AI partners with people to understand their bodies and optimize it for health and longevity.

She guides a family office that includes diverse investments in over 100 companies and venture capital funds. Noosheen is also Co-Founder + President of the HAND Foundation, a family foundation that provides financial, advisory, and advocacy support to hundreds of organizations and dozens of scholars and social entrepreneurs dedicated to protecting the young, and promoting the socioeconomic growth and advancement of individuals.

Noosheen spent ten years at Oracle, most recently as VP of US Revenue, where she built the critical sales and administrative capacity that allowed the company to create one of the most productive salesforces in corporate history, scaling revenue from $26 million in 1985 to $3 billion in 1995.

Noosheen is a Harold Pratt Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the advisory boards of Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Tuft’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Ploughshares Fund. The Silicon Valley Business Journal named Nooshen as one of the ‘Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley. Noosheen’s philanthropic efforts have been honored by the World Affairs Council, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Carnegie corporation Immigration Award, and Girl Scouts of America. 

 

Ahmed El-Sohemy

Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
Nutrigenomix

Ahmed El-Sohemy

Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
Nutrigenomix

Ahmed El-Sohemy

Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
Nutrigenomix
 

Susan Bratton

CEO & Founder
Savor Health

Susan Bratton

CEO & Founder
Savor Health

Susan Bratton

CEO & Founder
Savor Health
 

Tom Aarts

Founder & Managing Director
Nutrition Business Advisors

Tom Aarts

Founder & Managing Director
Nutrition Business Advisors

Tom Aarts

Founder & Managing Director
Nutrition Business Advisors
 

Nathan Price

CEO
Ongevity

Nathan Price

CEO
Ongevity

Nathan Price

CEO
Ongevity
 

Sherry Zhang

Founder and CEO
GenoPalate

Sherry is a mother, a scientist and an entrepreneur. Her passion and love for life and science has taken her far from Northern Asia to America, from studying bacteria, plants to populations of humans, and from researching obesity genetics as a medical college professor to founding GenoPalate, a company that provides a direct-to-consumer solution for eating uniquely based on genetics and biology for a healthier life. 

Sherry Zhang

Founder and CEO
GenoPalate

Sherry Zhang

Founder and CEO
GenoPalate

Sherry is a mother, a scientist and an entrepreneur. Her passion and love for life and science has taken her far from Northern Asia to America, from studying bacteria, plants to populations of humans, and from researching obesity genetics as a medical college professor to founding GenoPalate, a company that provides a direct-to-consumer solution for eating uniquely based on genetics and biology for a healthier life. 

 

Olivier Ballevre

Global R&D Personalized Nutrition Program
Nestlé

Olivier Ballèvre. DVM, PhD.

R&D Program lead, Nestle Research. More than 30 years’ experience in Animal and Human Nutrition Research and Development in academia and industry with a track records of scientific publications, patents and innovative products. Have lead different Nestle R&D organizations driving innovation in Dairy, Infant Nutrition and Petcare products categories both in Europe and in China. Currently in charge of managing for Nestle a global R&D program on Personalized Nutrition for all Nestle product categories.

Olivier Ballevre

Global R&D Personalized Nutrition Program
Nestlé

Olivier Ballevre

Global R&D Personalized Nutrition Program
Nestlé

Olivier Ballèvre. DVM, PhD.

R&D Program lead, Nestle Research. More than 30 years’ experience in Animal and Human Nutrition Research and Development in academia and industry with a track records of scientific publications, patents and innovative products. Have lead different Nestle R&D organizations driving innovation in Dairy, Infant Nutrition and Petcare products categories both in Europe and in China. Currently in charge of managing for Nestle a global R&D program on Personalized Nutrition for all Nestle product categories.

 

Vikas Sharma

Director, R&D Strategy
PepsiCo

Vikas Sharma

Director, R&D Strategy
PepsiCo

Vikas Sharma

Director, R&D Strategy
PepsiCo
 

Kara Collier

Co-Founder and Director of Nutrition
NutriSense

Kara Collier is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician with a background in clinical nutrition, nutrition technology, and entrepreneurship. After becoming frustrated with the traditional healthcare system, she helped start the company NutriSense where she is now the Director of Nutrition. Kara is the leading authority on the use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology, particularly in non-diabetics for the purposes of health optimization, disease prevention, and reversing metabolic dysfunction.

Kara Collier

Co-Founder and Director of Nutrition
NutriSense

Kara Collier

Co-Founder and Director of Nutrition
NutriSense

Kara Collier is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician with a background in clinical nutrition, nutrition technology, and entrepreneurship. After becoming frustrated with the traditional healthcare system, she helped start the company NutriSense where she is now the Director of Nutrition. Kara is the leading authority on the use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology, particularly in non-diabetics for the purposes of health optimization, disease prevention, and reversing metabolic dysfunction. Kara oversees the health team and product development and has personally interpreted thousands of complex glucose datasets.

 

Sofia Elizondo

Co-founder and COO
Brightseed

Sofia Elizondo

Co-founder and COO
Brightseed

Sofia Elizondo

Co-founder and COO
Brightseed
 

Ranjan Sinha

CEO
Digbi Health

Ranjan Sinha

CEO
Digbi Health

Ranjan Sinha

CEO
Digbi Health
 

Melissa Snover

CEO & Founder
Nourished

Melissa Snover

CEO & Founder
Nourished

Melissa Snover

CEO & Founder
Nourished
 

Philipp Schulte

Co-founder & CEO
Baze

Philipp has spent the past 15 years working across the Life Sciences where he got a first-row view on the changing paradigms and new technologies that will turn the 21st century into the age of biology. He is currently CEO of Baze (a Nature's Way company) which he co-founded in 2014 with the mission to pioneer convenient and effective personalized nutrition.

Philipp Schulte

Co-founder & CEO
Baze

Philipp Schulte

Co-founder & CEO
Baze

Philipp has spent the past 15 years working across the Life Sciences where he got a first-row view on the changing paradigms and new technologies that will turn the 21st century into the age of biology. He is currently CEO of Baze (a Nature's Way company) which he co-founded in 2014 with the mission to pioneer convenient and effective personalized nutrition.

 

Joshua C Anthony

CEO & Founder
Nlumn

Dr. Josh Anthony is Founder and CEO at Nlumn, a consulting company that works with food, nutrition and health-technology companies to help them compete in the personalized nutrition and health marketplace.  Nlumn’s mission is to make personalized nutrition accessible to help every individual make better choices and live a healthier life.

Joshua C Anthony

CEO & Founder
Nlumn

Joshua C Anthony

CEO & Founder
Nlumn

Dr. Josh Anthony is Founder and CEO at Nlumn, a consulting company that works with food, nutrition and health-technology companies to help them compete in the personalized nutrition and health marketplace.  Nlumn’s mission is to make personalized nutrition accessible to help every individual make better choices and live a healthier life.

In a career that spans test to table, Josh has proven his capabilities as a successful scientist, innovator and entrepreneur. Driven by the challenge of translating science to help people live healthier lives, he has worked collaboratively to help launch more than 150 science-based nutrition products.  Realizing that consumer products and services were becoming progressively more tailored, Josh sketched the idea for a new food hierarchy that reflected consumer trends evolving from “real food for all” to “nutrition personalized for me”. He expanded this concept to develop a consumer engagement model for personalized nutrition. His model has been adopted by large consumer product companies and start-ups to deliver strategically tailored, personalized products. With Nlumn, he brings together like-minded companies and builds partnerships making personalized products more accessible to help consumers make better choices for their health.

Before starting Nlumn, Josh was the founding chief science officer at the personalized nutrition company, Habit.  He was also vice president, Global R&D, Nutrition and Health at the Campbell Soup Company. Prior to Habit and Campbell, Josh held progressive technical and management roles at Mead Johnson Nutrition and Unilever. He also served as an adjunct professor of physiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Josh earned a B.S. in biological sciences from Carnegie Mellon University; a M.S. in nutritional sciences from the University of Illinois; a Ph.D. in cell and molecular physiology from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine; and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. 

Josh is a trusted board member and advisor to executives across food, nutrition, pharma and academia, and a mentor to many aspiring scientists, nutritionists and businesspeople. True to his commitment to more personalized approaches to health, he strives for balance through cooking, exercise, art, music and travel enjoyed with his beloved family.

 

Justine Horne

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University

Justine Horne

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University

Justine Horne

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University
 

Nard Clabbers

Chief Science Officer
Happ

 

Nard Clabbers

Chief Science Officer
Happ

Nard Clabbers

Chief Science Officer
Happ

 

 

Kristofer Cook

CEO & Co-Founder
Carbiotix

Kristofer is a serial entrepreneur who, over the past 15 years, has co-founded six biotechnology companies in the areas of clean technology, food-technology and life science. In addition to holding multiple board positions in several private and public companies, Kristofer is currently CEO of Carbiotix, an award-winning biotechnology company pioneering microbiome healthcare through a portfolio of microbiome modulators covering prebiotic ingredients, medical foods and therapeutics, along-side a range of cost-effective gut health testing services. Kristofer holds a MSc.

Kristofer Cook

CEO & Co-Founder
Carbiotix

Kristofer Cook

CEO & Co-Founder
Carbiotix

Kristofer is a serial entrepreneur who, over the past 15 years, has co-founded six biotechnology companies in the areas of clean technology, food-technology and life science. In addition to holding multiple board positions in several private and public companies, Kristofer is currently CEO of Carbiotix, an award-winning biotechnology company pioneering microbiome healthcare through a portfolio of microbiome modulators covering prebiotic ingredients, medical foods and therapeutics, along-side a range of cost-effective gut health testing services. Kristofer holds a MSc. degree from Lund University, Sweden, and a M.B.A. degree from Solvay Business School, Belgium.

 

Lauren Abda

Co-Founder
Branch Venture Group

Lauren Abda is the Founder and CEO of Branchfood, the largest community of food entrepreneurs and startups in New England, and Co-founder at Branch Venture Group, an angel network for investment in early-stage food startups.

Lauren Abda

Co-Founder
Branch Venture Group

Lauren Abda

Co-Founder
Branch Venture Group

Lauren Abda is the Founder and CEO of Branchfood, the largest community of food entrepreneurs and startups in New England, and Co-founder at Branch Venture Group, an angel network for investment in early-stage food startups. Prior to Branchfood, Lauren consulted for foodtech businesses in Boston and San Francisco, worked as an analyst for Salt Venture Partners LLC, a venture capital firm, focused on food startups, targeting content, commerce, and technology, and wrote reports on international food safety development initiatives on behalf of the Agriculture and Commodities division at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She has a Masters in Food  Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont.

 

Matt Schueller

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
Natures Way

Matt Schueller is Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer for Nature’s Way. Matt started with the company in Green Bay in 1993 and has served in a multitude of roles including Sales, Marketing, Scientific Affairs, Product Development, Business Development and Strategy. His current responsibilities include strategic planning, innovation and business development.

Matt Schueller

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
Natures Way

Matt Schueller

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
Natures Way

Matt Schueller is Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer for Nature’s Way. Matt started with the company in Green Bay in 1993 and has served in a multitude of roles including Sales, Marketing, Scientific Affairs, Product Development, Business Development and Strategy. His current responsibilities include strategic planning, innovation and business development.

He earned two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and one in Nutritional Science from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay.  He received his Masters in Business Administration at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

 

Tom Blue

Director of Industry Strategy & Partnerships
The Institute for Functional Medicine

Tom Blue

Director of Industry Strategy & Partnerships
The Institute for Functional Medicine

Tom Blue

Director of Industry Strategy & Partnerships
The Institute for Functional Medicine
 

Eleonore Lafonta

Venture Capitalist
Five Seasons Ventures

Eléonore is a Senior Analyst at Five Seasons Ventures.

Prior to joining Five Seasons Ventures, Eléonore was a VC at Heartcore Capital, a consumer-focused early stage fund in Europe. Eléonore started her career in Investment Banking at DC Advisory but rapidly discovered VC was her true passion working as a junior analyst for Idinvest.

Eléonore holds a Master’s degree in Management from ESCP Europe and a degree in cooking.

Eleonore Lafonta

Venture Capitalist
Five Seasons Ventures

Eleonore Lafonta

Venture Capitalist
Five Seasons Ventures

Eléonore is a Senior Analyst at Five Seasons Ventures.

Prior to joining Five Seasons Ventures, Eléonore was a VC at Heartcore Capital, a consumer-focused early stage fund in Europe. Eléonore started her career in Investment Banking at DC Advisory but rapidly discovered VC was her true passion working as a junior analyst for Idinvest.

Eléonore holds a Master’s degree in Management from ESCP Europe and a degree in cooking.

As a matter of fact, when not meeting entrepreneurs, Eléonore loves cooking… Though it’s not always a success !

 

Isabel Garcia-Perez

CEO & Co-founder
Melico

Isabel Garcia-Perez

CEO & Co-founder
Melico

Isabel Garcia-Perez

CEO & Co-founder
Melico
 

Markus Okumus

Founding Partner
Form Life Ventures

Markus Okumus

Founding Partner
Form Life Ventures

Markus Okumus

Founding Partner
Form Life Ventures
 

Artem Shipitsyn

CEO & Co-Founder
Healbe

Artem Shipitsyn is a technology and marketing entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience in the mobile, IoT, health 2.0 and advertising sectors. His diverse background includes startups, tech innovation management, new business strategy, product development, and change management. Artem co-founded HEALBE™ back in 2012 along with George Mikaberidze and Stanislav (Stan) Povolotsky. HEALBE corp is a Redwood City, California-based consumer technology company with several offices in Russia.

Artem Shipitsyn

CEO & Co-Founder
Healbe

Artem Shipitsyn

CEO & Co-Founder
Healbe

Artem Shipitsyn is a technology and marketing entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience in the mobile, IoT, health 2.0 and advertising sectors. His diverse background includes startups, tech innovation management, new business strategy, product development, and change management. Artem co-founded HEALBE™ back in 2012 along with George Mikaberidze and Stanislav (Stan) Povolotsky. HEALBE corp is a Redwood City, California-based consumer technology company with several offices in Russia. Under his leadership, the company spearheaded a successful Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign in 2014 that raised more than 1 million dollars to support the launch of the first “GoBe™ Smart Life Band” fitness tracker. He then oversaw the victorious rollout of the device that covered 72 countries.

In January 2017, Artem and his team introduced the second generation of HEALBE smart bands, “GoBe2”, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This new device targeted the weight loss and self-exercise markets. GoBe2 integrates company-patented HEALBE FLOW™ Technology, which automatically and non-invasively measures users’ calorie intake and body water levels right through the skin.

Before HEALBE, Artem Shipitsyn was a co-founder of Iridium, a marketing company basedin Moscow. He led several teams executing marketing research and concept development to support local and global brands, including Rostelecom, Sberbank, L’Oreal, Valio, Reebok, Hearst Shkulev and Discovery Channel.

Artem Shipitsyn attended the National University of Science and Technology, MISIS, Russia, where he earned a Bachelor of engineering technology degree along with a Master’s degree in semiconductor technology and devices.

 

Amelia Jarman

Future Health and Wellness S&T Director, Foods and Refreshment
Unilever

Amelia Jarman

Future Health and Wellness S&T Director, Foods and Refreshment
Unilever

Amelia Jarman

Future Health and Wellness S&T Director, Foods and Refreshment
Unilever
 

Jin-Xiong She

Founder & CEO
Jinfiniti

Jin-Xiong She

Founder & CEO
Jinfiniti

Jin-Xiong She

Founder & CEO
Jinfiniti
 

Kari Thorstensen

CEO & Co-Founder
Mbody360

Kari Thorstensen

CEO & Co-Founder
Mbody360

Kari Thorstensen

CEO & Co-Founder
Mbody360
 

George Cherian

Director, External Partnerships
Kellogg's

George Cherian is Director of External Partnerships at the Kellogg Company.  George’s experiences include new product innovation, technology scouting, development and commercialization of technology solutions, and establishing collaborations with external partners.  Prior to Kellogg’s, he worked for Nestle and Pepsico. 

George Cherian

Director, External Partnerships
Kellogg's

George Cherian

Director, External Partnerships
Kellogg's

George Cherian is Director of External Partnerships at the Kellogg Company.  George’s experiences include new product innovation, technology scouting, development and commercialization of technology solutions, and establishing collaborations with external partners.  Prior to Kellogg’s, he worked for Nestle and Pepsico. 

 

Daniel Tal Mor

Co-Founder & CEO
Lumen

Daniel Tal Mor is a seasoned entrepreneur, co-founder, and CEO of Lumen, a company developing consumer nutrition management platform, based on a small device that measures metabolism in a single breath and provides personalized food, lifestyle, and health recommendations.

Daniel Tal Mor

Co-Founder & CEO
Lumen

Daniel Tal Mor

Co-Founder & CEO
Lumen

Daniel Tal Mor is a seasoned entrepreneur, co-founder, and CEO of Lumen, a company developing consumer nutrition management platform, based on a small device that measures metabolism in a single breath and provides personalized food, lifestyle, and health recommendations.

Lumen was founded in 2014, and the company spent 4 years on research and development to create a product that accurately determines the source of the body's metabolic fuel. In 2016, beta trials for the Lumen device began, and in 2018, Lumen was officially launched on Indiegogo, where Lumen sold 10,000 devices during the pre-sale campaign alone.

Before Lumen, Daniel co-founded Wibiya, a platform that offered publishers tools for integrating, managing and tracking applications on their websites. In 2011 the company was acquired by Conduit where he held the positions of Vice President for almost three years. Before founding Wibiya Daniel co-founded another company called Joongel, a consumer online search engine.

Daniel lives in Tel Aviv, Israel with his spouse and 3 children.

 

Raya Khanin

Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer
LifeNome

 

Raya Khanin is a cofounder and Chief Science Officer of LifeNome, an award winning personalization wellness company. Lifenome has recently been recognized as one of only 20 digital startups in the world to get a "Strong Positive" outlook assessment from Lux Research, recognizing the distinction of our science and technology rigor and the significant opportunities in the precision wellness market. 

Raya Khanin

Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer
LifeNome

Raya Khanin

Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer
LifeNome

 

Raya Khanin is a cofounder and Chief Science Officer of LifeNome, an award winning personalization wellness company. Lifenome has recently been recognized as one of only 20 digital startups in the world to get a "Strong Positive" outlook assessment from Lux Research, recognizing the distinction of our science and technology rigor and the significant opportunities in the precision wellness market. 

Inspired by the paradigm shift from “one size fits all” to Precision Medicine, Raya envisages similar changes in nutrition, beauty and wellness. Raya’s mission is to bring advances of Genomics Sciences and Artificial Intelligence to the nutrition and wellness industries to enable personalization of products and services based on an individual's biology and lifestyle. Raya holds a PhD in Computational Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel and has over 20 years of experience working at leading Academic Institutions as well as startups.

 

Jim Cali

General Partner
Next Gen Nutrition Investment Partners

Jim Cali entered venture capital after a 34-year record of success in general management, sales and marketing, innovation and organization development in CPG.      Jim honed skills as a marketer in the consumer health care sector during the early stage of his career for Warner Lambert /Pfizer.   For the past 25 years, Jim has focused in the food industry, progressing through a series of leadership roles in sales, marketing and general management at Cadbury, Kraft/Mondelez and Kellogg’s.    Jim was the President and General Manager of Cadbury - Adams Japan where he turned around a declining,

Jim Cali

General Partner
Next Gen Nutrition Investment Partners

Jim Cali

General Partner
Next Gen Nutrition Investment Partners

Jim Cali entered venture capital after a 34-year record of success in general management, sales and marketing, innovation and organization development in CPG.      Jim honed skills as a marketer in the consumer health care sector during the early stage of his career for Warner Lambert /Pfizer.   For the past 25 years, Jim has focused in the food industry, progressing through a series of leadership roles in sales, marketing and general management at Cadbury, Kraft/Mondelez and Kellogg’s.    Jim was the President and General Manager of Cadbury - Adams Japan where he turned around a declining, money-losing business to a profitable sustainable growth enterprise.  He was SVP and Commercial Director for Cadbury Adams North and South America accelerating innovation and growth across the region.  Jim was promoted to EVP leading Cadbury’s $6B global gum and candy category  and continued in this role following Cadbury’s acquisition by Kraft/Mondelez. During this period, his teams grew global market share through building global brands, creating breakthrough innovation and  launching new businesses into large white space markets like China.   Jim subsequently joined Kellogg’s leading the global category team for the company’s nearly $6B snacking business.  During his career,  Jim has developed deep experience in the innovation space both as a practitioner and leader - developing strategy, coaching cross functional teams, leading the company’s innovation best practice and helping  create incubator-like innovation organizations.  He is a brand builder - both creating new brands and helping to grow multi-billion dollar brands like Trident gum and Pringles.   In addition to a corporate career, Jim spent time as an independent consultant helping other companies establish innovation strategies and mentoring  multiple food start-ups. 

 

Next Gen Nutrition (NGN) Investment Partners is focused on early stage companies in food/beverage,  food tech and food ingredients.     The NGN managing partners are former food industry executives who leverage their experience and network to help founders realize the full potential of their brands via funding,   planning and executional excellence.  The firm has  5 active investments as well as one exit.  

 

Gil Blander

Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
InsideTracker

Gil Blander

Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
InsideTracker

Gil Blander

Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
InsideTracker
 

Afif Ghannoum

CEO
Biohm Health

Afif Ghannoum

CEO
Biohm Health

Afif Ghannoum

CEO
Biohm Health
 

Helen Messier

Chief Medical Officer
Tailored Script

Helen Messier

Chief Medical Officer
Tailored Script

Helen Messier

Chief Medical Officer
Tailored Script
 

Sharon Donovan

Professor and Director of Personalized Nutrition Initiative
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sharon Donovan

Professor and Director of Personalized Nutrition Initiative
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sharon Donovan

Professor and Director of Personalized Nutrition Initiative
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 

Alan Gale

CEO
Aimee Health

Alan Gale

CEO
Aimee Health

Alan Gale

CEO
Aimee Health
 

Jan Berger, M.D., M.J.

CEO, Health Intelligence Partners & Medical Director
Midwest Business Group on Health

Is a tri-sector healthcare executive with outstanding leadership experience in the three sectors of private, public and government services over the last 30 years. In 2009 Jan founded Health Intelligence Partners as a health care consultancy that blends more than thirty years of business and clinical experience.

Jan Berger, M.D., M.J.

CEO, Health Intelligence Partners & Medical Director
Midwest Business Group on Health

Jan Berger, M.D., M.J.

CEO, Health Intelligence Partners & Medical Director
Midwest Business Group on Health

Is a tri-sector healthcare executive with outstanding leadership experience in the three sectors of private, public and government services over the last 30 years. In 2009 Jan founded Health Intelligence Partners as a health care consultancy that blends more than thirty years of business and clinical experience. Health Intelligence Partners has a global focus (engagements in 14 countries with both Health Organizations and National Ministries of Health), helping clients to navigate the intersection of strategy and operations within both the healthcare and consumer goods and services environment in order to identify and articulate high value opportunities.

 

Prior to founding Health Intelligence Partners, Jan served as Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer and Innovation Officer for CVS Health/Caremark. During that time, she was a corporate officer and on the executive team with P & L (500 million-dollar business unit), operations and strategic experience. Jan also lead Caremark’s Medicare Part D development and was the clinical lead for CVS Caremark’s M & A activity. During this time, Jan developed an expertise in both healthcare and retail consumer behavior.  Before going to CVS Caremark, Jan had 15 years’ experience in healthcare administration within the health plan and academic arenas and lead operations for two population health companies.

 

As a veteran healthcare executive, Jan’s leadership has delivered results in a variety of settings. Jan offers her experiences and insights through her consulting agency as well as through her participation on healthcare and consumer product boards. She presently sits on healthcare focused boards including), GNS Healthcare (Vice Chair of the Board, Chair; Governance/Compensation/Nomination Committee, M&A/Strategy Committee), Cambia Health Solutions (Consumer Engagement Platform Committee, Health Services Committee), Tabula Rasa (Nominations, Compensation, Governance), UCB Pharmaceuticals and Voluntis Health Care (Chair, M&A/Strategy Committee). Jan’s consumer focused boards have included Savor Health, Care Heroes and Whiskerdocs. Jan previous board experience includes; Care Core National (Committees: Audit and Finance Committee, Compensation, Search, M&A and Strategic Directions), AccentCare (Chair; Compliance Committee, Compensation Committee), Qliance and Rx-Ante. She also sits on numerous business and healthcare advisory boards.

 

As the author of the books “Leveraging Health”, “Thirteen Common Pitfalls in Consumer Engagement”, “We Don’t Talk Anymore: A Consumer’s Guide to Connecting with their Doctor” and “Medical Liability for Pediatricians”, the past Editor in Chief of American Journal of Pharmacy Benefit and on the editorial boards of a number of healthcare journals, Jan is considered a national health care thought leader. Jan speaks and writes on a broad range of health care and pharmaceutical services issues.

 

Jan holds both a Doctor of Medicine degree and a master’s degree in jurisprudence from Loyola University in Chicago, and a Certificate in Healthcare Business Administration from University of South Florida. She also holds a black belt in Six Sigma. Jan is an assistant professor at Northwestern University School of Medicine and School of Communication in Chicago, Illinois where she teaches the Engaging the Consumer in Health course.

 

 

 

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Johanna Bolinder

Head of Health and Sustainability
Spoon Guru

As a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the AfN Johanna specialises in advising food companies and health focused businesses on a broad range of nutritional issues to build long term value. Johanna has broad experience and has worked on a number of high profile campaigns at the leading campaigning charity, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

Johanna Bolinder

Head of Health and Sustainability
Spoon Guru

Johanna Bolinder

Head of Health and Sustainability
Spoon Guru

As a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the AfN Johanna specialises in advising food companies and health focused businesses on a broad range of nutritional issues to build long term value. Johanna has broad experience and has worked on a number of high profile campaigns at the leading campaigning charity, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. In her last role at the global snacking leader, Mondelez International, she worked on business critical product change projects, adding value by leveraging her deep understanding of scientific/ regulatory affairs and consumer and sustainability trends. Born in Sweden but with an international background Johanna speaks a number of languages. She is passionate about food and driving better health for people and the planet through sustainable food choices. She is currently leading the Health and Sustainability agenda at Spoon Guru. 

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