Dr. Zhijun Liu Ph.D.; Professor, Louisiana State University: He was a keynote speaker on this subject at an Improving Solubility conference aiming to improve bioavailability during formulation development. He uses botanical food ingredients as solubilizers, penetrators, or absorption enhancers thus creates superior formulations that are safe and compatible to many applications including medicinal drinks for human health or organic pesticides for managing field and greenhouse plants. For examples, he can turn oily extracts into water-soluble powder, encapsulate active ingredients to extend half-life, and mix lipophilic and hydrophilic ingredients in water.
Professor Liu will discuss various aspects of his research and will cover areas that would be related to improvement and testing of cannabis products. He will describe enhancements of solubility and will describe how nanoemulsions enhance bioavailability. He will then show how his group has assessed bioavailability by various methods of testing. Dr. Liu will describe past work in converting oil in water to soluble powders. Finally, he will describe use of organic pesticides for medicinal plant production in greenhouses.
Tracy Gibbs; Chief Science Officer, Vasayo: Tracy is the formulator of over 900 dietary supplements and skin care products, patent holder of the AES (Assimilation Enhancing System), author of four books and has taught and lectured at worldwide symposiums and conferences including the Malaysia Health Symposium, The Anti-Aging Association of Korea, The League of Cities and Towns, Biotech China, and the National Nutritional Foods Association. Currently, he has found a home working full time at Vasayo building some truly disruptive products.
Donald Maybell, BUCHI Corporation: Donald is the Product Specialist at BUCHI Corporation with a strong background in Spray Drying. He will provide an overview of spray drying technology, including strategies used to optimize processing parameters for spray dried nutraceuticals. The BUCHI B-290 Mini Spray Dryer will be demonstrated.
Gabriele Carroll, Microfluidics: Gabriele Carroll has Bachelor’s Degree in Food technology. She worked for 10 years in the R & D department for Kraft Foods in Munich before moving to the United States. She has been working for Microfluidics for 21 years in both the applications lab and sales management. Gabi has a wealth of knowledge for numerous applications in the fluid processing industry.
Steve Rapp, RGS Scientific: Steve Rapp is founder of RGS Scientific which provides sales, service, and distribution for a wide variety of scientific instrumentation including Microtrac and Microfluidics. Steve will describe various methods of particle size analysis and discuss how these techniques are vital to optimize the creation of nano-sized dispersions as well as spray dry products for the nutraceutical industry. He will perform particle size analysis on the samples processed by Gabi using the Microfluidizer system and will show the particle size distributions before and after processing.
Please RSVP to Gwen James (Gwen.James@rgsscientific.com) as space is limited.