Boosting Your Immune Health Formulations with Natural Astaxanthin

Food, Food Ingredients & Innovations,
  • Wednesday, September 09, 2020

The current public health crisis is driving increased global demand for immune health supplements. How can companies meet this demand and directly address consumer needs using high quality, clinically-validated ingredients that will stand out and deliver on immune support claims?

This webinar examines current ingredient trends for immune support, with an emphasis on antioxidants, which are found in one third of all immune supplements on the market. Participants will hear from chief quality and scientific affairs officer of the International Vitamin Corporation on immune product trends, and how leveraging the right ingredient supply partner can improve success. A professional athlete and world champion trail runner will also give his insight into natural astaxanthin as a powerful antioxidant that helps control exercise-induced inflammation and promote healthy immune function.

The webinar will highlight an emerging antioxidant, with 6000x the free radical quenching capacity of vitamin C, called natural astaxanthin. AstaReal’s scientific affairs manager will explain why antioxidants are so widely used in immune health products. You will learn how natural astaxanthin works to boost immune function, and how it can create added value by providing whole body benefits founded on over 60 human clinical studies.



Rich Connor, Chief Quality and Scientific Affairs Officer, International Vitamin Corporation

Rich Connor has over 40 years of progressive, hands-on experience in the pharmaceutical industry from preclinical studies through Phase IV. He has extensive exposure to quality control and assurance, product development, commercialization, domestic and international regulatory affairs. Connor transitioned with the IVC acquisition from his position of Vice President with Inverness Medical Nutritionals Groups, Freehold, NJ. He holds a B.S. Chemistry from Stonehill College, North Easton, MA., an M.S. Chemistry, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, and an MBA, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.

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Dr. Karen A. Hecht, Scientific Affairs Manager, AstaReal Inc.

Dr. Karen Hecht is the scientific affairs manager at AstaReal Inc. Dr. Hecht worked as a postdoctoral associate in algal molecular biology at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She earned her Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Joseph Gray, World Champion Trail Runner

Joseph Gray is a 17-time USA National Champion, 28-Time USA National Team Member, 6-time USA Mountain running National Champion, 9-Time USA Mountain Runner of the Year, 2018 USA Sub Ultra Trail Runner of the Year. Gray has won at the GoPro Mountain Games, Pan-American Cross Country, World Mountain Running Championships, World Snowshoe Championships, Xterra World Trail Running Championship, North American Continental Skyrunning, and Pikes Peak Ascent. He competes in trail running, snow shoeing, marathon running, sky running, and cross country. Along with his trail running, Gray is a huge advocate for diversity in sports. He also actively takes natural astaxanthin as a supplement that keeps him working at his peak performance.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Formulators
  • Product Development Personel
  • CEO
  • Chief Innovation Officers
  • Technology Leads
  • R&D Innovation
  • Scientific & Clinical Affair Manager/Officer
  • Principle Scientist
  • Director of Product Development
  • Brand Manager
  • Technical Services Manager

What You Will Learn

In this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • Current immune health market trends
  • How the right ingredient supplier can make the difference
  • How to formulate with natural astaxanthin: an emerging nutrient for immune health.
  • Why immune health matters

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AstaReal is the world’s leading producer and innovator of natural astaxanthin. AstaReal Inc. is part of the AstaReal Group which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Chemical Industries Co., Ltd. AstaReal Inc. is a sales and marketing company servicing North and South America. Our natural astaxanthin is cultivated, grown and harvested in our manufacturing facility in Moses Lake, Washington and Sweden. The commercial pioneer of natural astaxanthin cultivation backed by over 60 human clinical studies, AstaReal has over 30+ years of research and innovation. AstaReal is also USP, Non-GMO, ISO, HACCP, Halal, and Kosher certified, NSF GMP Registered, and has approved Health Canada claims.

From cultivation to extraction, AstaReal® Astaxanthin is made in the USA to ensure the best quality and traceability. Our proprietary closed, indoor cultivation technique is unique to the industry and the only one of its kind in North America and ensures the highest quality natural astaxanthin on the market.

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