Team

 

CORPORATE & RESEARCH TEAM | SCIENTIFIC BOARD OF ADVISORS | KEY PERSONNELL

 

CORPORATE & RESEARCH TEAM

 

  • Wesley N Sackrule, M.Sc, Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”)

    Wesley N. Sackrule a former Executive of a top ten Global Pharmaceutical Company, Eli Lilly & Co., has been selected to serve as L-Nutra’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”).  Mr. Sackrule received his Bachelor’s in Biochemistry at King’s College, University of London and his Master’s in Business from The Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London.

    After a one year experience, in A Medical Device Company in the U.K., where he worked on integrating acquisitions into a Major Medical Device company, he joined Eli Lilly & Co.

    Mr. Sackrule served in a number of different key roles in a number of different affiliates around the world including the US, the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific and Puerto Rico. In these roles he either led the development and implementation of Key Affiliate, Marketing or Sales Strategies. As a General Manager in a number of affiliates and geographies, Mr. Sackrule led the Marketing, Sales, Medical, Managed Care, Human Resources and Financial functions to develop cross-functionally innovative strategies that resulted in consistent delivery of not only Marketing and Sales Goals but also Profitability.

    Given his wealth of successful experiences not only in established markets but also in startup environments, and his vast experience across a diverse range of cultures and markets, Mr. Sackrule has the experience and knowledge to assist L-Nutra in developing its products, strategizing the introduction of these products to the marketplace, as well as leading people and building teams, thereby enabling L-Nutra to grow strongly and achieve profitability.

  • Todd Morgan, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer (“CSO”)

    Todd Morgan, PhD, CSO, leads the development of Chemolieve™, ProLon™ and other Fasting Mimicking & Enhancing™ Diets. He is the Principal Investigator on two separate Small Business Innovation Research (“SBIR”) Phase I and Phase II Contracts awarded to L-Nutra from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Todd Morgan earned his PhD in Biochemistry in 1990 and holds an appointment as a Research Professor of Gerontology at the Davis School of Gerontology of the University of Southern California. His research has been recognized with awards from Alzheimer's Association and the American Federation of Aging Research. He collaborated for many years with Dr. Caleb Finch, one of the world's leading biogerontologist, focusing on studies relating to dietary interventions to delay aging and prevent age-related diseases. Dr. Morgan collaborates extensively with Dr. Longo in studies focused on fasting, cancer and Alzheimer's Disease. He actively publishes in the leading scientific peer-reviewed journals.

  • Susanna Musotto Caparro, Ph.D, Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”)

    Susanna Musotto Caparro came on board with L-Nutra Inc in 2012 first as the Project Coordinator but soon after as the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”).

    After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Astronomy at the University of Padova, Italy, she then moved to the USA to work on her Ph.D.  at the University of Los Angeles, UCLA, which she completed in 2004. In addition, she also worked as a Post Doctorate Researcher at UCLA.

    Thanks to Susanna’s work experience in accounting and tax preparation for several years, she was easily able to take on the finance and accounting services at L-Nutra, ensuring all reports are US GAAP compliant. These include invoicing, monthly, quarterly and annual reporting for management and government institutes.  In addition, she is currently helping to structure the Human Resource area.

    Susanna is proud to be given the opportunity to ensure the safety of the financial aspects and help with the success of L-Nutra. .

  • Fabrizio Schirano, MA, VP Product Development, Supply Chain & Logistics

    Mr. Schirano holds a post-graduate Master’s in Marketing Communication and in International Cultural Management, awarded respectively by the Instituto Superiore di Comunicazione in Milan, and by a joint program of the University Of Genoa with the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.  Mr. Schirano graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pisa, Modern Literature and Visual Communications Media, class of 2001. 

    Prior to joining L- Nutra, he was actively involved in the international promotion of the Italian Life Science industry, with a focus on biotechnologies and nanotechnologies. During his time at the Italian Trade Commission in Los Angeles (Trade Promotion Section of the Italian Consulate), he covered the position of Marketing Promotion Officer. In this position, Mr. Schirano specialized in addressing issues and strategies related to the internationalization process of foreign small and medium business enterprises interested in entering the US market. He developed strong contacts both in the US and in Italy, with leading academic institutions, research centers and technology parks, industry associations (member of BIO – the Biotechnology Industry Association), the Federal regulatory agencies, State Economic Development Agencies, local government representatives, and executives in the biotech and nanotech industries.

    Prior to working in the US, Mr. Schirano was a fundraiser for CESVI (Italy), an international cooperation and development organization. As the Cause Related Marketing Responsible he co-designed and carried out campaigns to raise funds through high profile and award winning (European Social Award) corporate sponsorships (i.e. Vodafone, Kraft, Microsoft, and Sanofi Pharmaceuticals). In 2003, as CESVI’s Chief Project Coordinator and Field Officer, he managed a budget of over $1 million U.S. to implement the rehabilitation of key hospitals and schools in Southern Iraq. 

  • Priya Balasubramanian, Ph.D.

    Priya Balasubramanian, PhD, is a research specialist at L-Nutra. Dr. Balasubramanian received her doctoral degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California in 2010. Her areas of expertise include nutrient sensing pathways, growth hormone/IGF-I signaling and cellular stress resistance. She co-authored a study which reported that growth hormone receptor deficiency (GHRD) is associated with a major reduction in cancer and diabetes in humans and received the Heinz Osterburg prize for doctoral research for her work.

    Dr. Balasubramanian has several years of experience in cellular and in-vitro assays and as part of the scientific team at L-Nutra, she is responsible for overseeing diet design and pre-clinical testing of the diets. She is also actively involved in designing appropriate trials for clinical testing based on the pre-clinical results.

  • Angel Maree Jones, MS. RDN

    Angel Maree has been training at the USC Longevity Institute since 2013. Ms. Jones has a diverse background in not only food science and clinical research, but also in agriculture. At California Polytechnic State University she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Horticultural Sciences. Ms. Jones stayed on at Cal Poly SLO after earning a grant to study Sustainable Agriculture and become an International Certified Arborist. She went on to become the head of research and development at Rootgrow, Inc where she created beneficial bacteria, fungi and mycorrhizal products for healthy, long lasting trees and shrubs. 

    In 2012 Angel Maree returned to school to obtain her Master’s degree in Nutritional and Food Sciences at California State University Los Angeles.  She trained through one of the top dietetic internships, the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare system.  Currently she is working in collaboration with the University of Southern California School of Gerontology and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as the Clinical Trial Coordinator/Dietitian on the ChemoLieve Fasting Mimicking and Enhancing Diet Trials. Study locations she works with are Keck Medicine of USC, USC Norris Cancer Center, LAC+USC and Mayo Clinic. She also coordinates our international trials at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and at the University of Genoa in Italy.
  • Mahshid Shelechi, MS, RD

    Mahshid Shelechi is a Research Registered Dietitian at the University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology and is working at L-Nutra Inc since January 2014.  Mahshid’s first job was a quality assurance supervisor at a dairy manufacturer during her undergraduate program in Agriculture and Food Science in Iran.

    After she moved to the United States, she earned her Masters degree in Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University. While she was working on her Master’s thesis, “Effects of dark chocolate on colon cancer”, and serving as a research assistant, she became interested in the effect of natural compounds on human health. 

    During her Masters program, Mahshid started to work with Registered dietitians at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. During that time, she realized that  modifying food intake can improve the quality of life of each individual.  Upon completion of here masters degree, she got accepted to the Greater Los Angeles Veteran Affairs dietetic internship (VAGLA).  Mahshid has two publications and she is a member of American Diabetic Association and Los Angeles Diabetic Association. 

    Upon completing her dietetic internship, she worked as a clinic supervisor at a Women’s, Infant and Children’s clinic. She has experience in counseling on topics including Diabetes, Weight Management, Prenatal and Maternal Nutrition, Cardiovascular Disease, Hyperlipidemia and Hypertension.

    Currently her work at USC focuses on diet, dietary supplements and diseases related to aging such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.  In addition Mashid is the Clinical Trial Co-ordinator for Prolon.

  • Simon Chan, Senior Sales Consultant, Senior Territory Manager, Nevada Region

    Simon comes to L-Nutra with over 20+ years of Sales and Sales Management experience.   Achieving a high level of success and creating a team of excellence has long been a trademark and legacy of Simon.  He has reached the zenith of success and achievement at many competitive Fortune 500 companies.  From creating and developing amazing careers and being one of the top Area Managers at Enterprise-Rent-a-Car, to being the #1 ranked Dental sales rep at Dentsuply Tulsa, Simon has tackled each challenge head on with vigor, tenacity and professionalism.  Simon’s forte is bringing struggling territories up to exceed quotas.  He has done this with exceptional results in all of his previous positions.  As a team leader, Simon is always trying to train, develop and inspiring each individual to do the same.  His most recent success at Metagenics puts him once again at the top of his profession.  As a certified Lifestyle Educator and an expert in Lifestyle Medicine, Simon brings his expertise in this field to help with the launch of the highly anticipated products here in L-Nutra.

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SCIENTIFIC BOARD OF ADVISORS

L-Nutra is assembling a highly experienced and distinguished scientific and business-oriented Advisory Board to provide invaluable expertise and industry contacts in guiding the organization. Those who have already joined are recognized scientific leaders for their expertise and experience in medical science, drug discovery and development, and in business and entrepreneurship.

  • Valter Longo, Ph.D.

    Valter Longo (Professor of Gerontology) is the founder of L-Nutra and serves as the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Longo has won numerous awards for his research, including awards from the Alzheimer's Association and the National Institute on Aging, and raised over $6 million in grant support from the NIH and from private foundations in the past 10 years for research on aging, cancer, and Alzheimer's Disease.

    As an Associate Professor and Hanson Chair of Biogerontology at USC, he directs a laboratory of twenty researchers at the Andrus Gerontology Center, one of the oldest and leading centers for research on aging and age-related diseases in the country. He holds appointments in the Gerontology, Molecular Biology, Integrative and Evolutionary Biology, and Neuroscience departments and is a member of the USC Norris Cancer Center and Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

    Based on his discovery of the genes and pathways that regulate aging and cellular protection and to the development of a "test tube" system to study aging and resistance to toxins (now adopted by laboratories around the globe), Longo is recognized as one of the pioneers in the genetics and cellular biology of aging fields. Longo's articles have been published in Science, Nature and Cell. In addition to being highly cited (10 articles have been cited more than 100 times), several of Longo's articles have ranked among the most widely read globally.

  • Raffaello Vardavas, Ph.D.

    Raffaello Vardavas is a Mathematician at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, CA and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has a PhD in Physics from Imperial College London, that he obtained in 2002. Between 2002 and 2008 and prior to joining RAND, he worked as a post-doctorate researcher  at UCLA in Mathematics and later in the Bio-Mathematics department.

    His expertise is primarily in constructing and analyzing epidemic models for the spread of infectious disease. Examples include modeling HIV transmission and projecting the impact of test and treat and the emergence of multi drug resistance; modeling scenarios of smalpox bio terroristic attacks and control policy alternatives; modeling the coupled dynamics of seasonal influenza epidemics and vaccination behavior. Other research includes modeling healthcare utilization and cost, the health care reforms of the ACA, supply and maintenance logistics, and evolutionary economics applied to climate change policy. Raffaello is one of the board of directors of L-Nutra since 2009.

  • Fabio Necco, Ph.D.

    Fabio Necco, MSEE  is a senior manager at Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, CA). 

    He has more than 16 years’ experience leading product definition and business development in the field of automotive power electronics. He started his career at Magneti Marelli (Turin - Italy) as hardware designer of engine control units. In 2000, Fabio joined International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) as senior design engineer of inverters for hybrid (gas-electric) vehicles.  He covered various roles from system design to application engineering, including worldwide product and business development for automotive high voltage integrated circuits, as well as high-power switches and smart power.

    He joined Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) in 2009, where he is responsible for product definition and development of high power automotive semiconductors with focus on energy efficiency.

    Fabio published several application notes and papers on automotive power semiconductors. He holds 3 patents related to temperature sensing in power modules, advanced packaging, and reverse battery protection. He received his Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico of Torino (Italy) in 1996 and a certificate in Project Management from UCLA (CA) in 2004.

  •  Kurt Hong, MD, Ph.D.


    Kurt Hong is the Executive Director of the Center for Clinical Nutrition and Applied Health Research at University of Southern California. Dr. Hong earned his MD from the Harvard Medical School and his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Hong is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at USC Keck School of Medicine and a member of the USC Institute for Integrative Health. His research interests include understanding the regulation of adipose stem cells signaling, therapeutics for the Metabolic Syndrome, and nutrient/gut microbiota interactions in obesity and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Hong actively publishes in the leading scientific peer-reviewed journals, serves on editorial review boards, and is an expert consultant for several national pharmaceutical companies. He is dual board certified Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition and presents frequently at regional and national conferences.  Dr. Hong has twice been named as one of Best Doctors in America®, as chosen by peer-to-peer survey of fellow physicians and winner of Patient’s Choice Award® in 2010 and 2013.



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KEY BUSINESS AND SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS AND CONSULTANTS

L-Nutra is working with key business advisor that possesses expertise in the field of FDA regulation and medical foods and clinical trials auditing (presented in detail below); in IP protection strategy (Hogan & Hartson, Patent Attorney, and Jerry Goldstein Corporate Attorney); in food development and manufacturing (Mishima Food, a food Manufacturer specialized in special foods for hospitals and clinics) and Gaia Nutrition, a food development consulting company. Also, L-Nutra is leveraging the world class expertise of the people listed below:

  • Amy Lee, Ph.D.

    Amy Lee, PhD, is Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and Associate Director for basic research at the USC/Norris Cancer Center, and a leading expert in cancer research with focus on mechanisms of cancer cell protection. Dr. Lee is serving the American Cancer Society as Scientific Advisory Committee on Institutional Research Grants and the NIH, NCI, as Program Project Review Committee C, Basic and Preclinical Sciences. Among her honor and award to be mentioned the Valedictorian, UC Berkeley, Department of Bacteriology and Immunology; the American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Award, the American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award, the NIH/NCI Merit Award (R37) for "Coordinated Gene Expression in Mammalian Cells"; the Judy and Larry Freeman Chair for Cancer Research; the Robert Chandler Award, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

    Dr. Lee earned her MD BA in Bacteriology & Immunology at University of California at Berkeley, California and her MS in Biology and PhD in Biology at California Institute of Technology, California.

  • Francis Richmond, Ph.D.

    Dr. Frances Richmond was educated as a neurophysiologist (BNSc, MSc, PhD) at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario). She completed post-doctoral studies at the Universite de Montreal and the National Institutes of Health before joining the faculty of Queen's University, where she served as Associate Dean of Life Sciences (1986-1989). She also served as a policy advisor for scientific labor needs at Industry Canada (1990-1992) and as a clinical scientist at the Alfred E. Mann Foundation, an early stage device development group (1994-1995). She was the first female to be appointed Director of a research consortium funded by Canada's Medical Research Council (1995-2000).

    Dr. Richmond joined the faculty of USC in 1999 as Director of Regulatory and Clinical Sciences at the Alfred E. Mann Institute, with a joint appointment in the School of Pharmacy. Her current work includes seven projects in the field of product development which have advanced to the clinical trial stage. Though focused mostly on the BION, an implantable wireless microstimulator, she is also involved in research on other implantables, such as sensors and prosthetic limbs. Dr. Richmond is a member of two large research consortia (NIH Engineering Research partnership and NIH Bioengineering Research partnership) and is Director of the Regulatory Science program, which provides training in the regulatory management of foods, dietary supplements, medical devices and drugs.

  • Sebastian Brandhorst, Ph.D. - Research Specialist

    Sebastian Brandhorst received his PhD (Biology) from the University of Duisburg Essen, Germany in March 2013. He compiled his PhD thesis as a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Valter Longo in the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, USA. His work focuses on pre-clinical research on dietary interventions as novel approaches to increase the efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents in cancer treatment in vitro and in vivo. Recently, Sebastian began to utilize dietary modifications to induce multi-system regeneration and improve the health- and lifespan in rodents.

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ChemoLieveTM

 

L-Nutra's first line of products stems from 18 years of research at the USC Longevity Institute and Andrus Gerontology Center, one of the world's leading centers for research on aging and its translation into human interventions that optimize longevity and healthspan. Chemolieve, the FMED developed for cancer patients, was largely motivated by the request of many patients who wanted to take advantage of the potential beneficial effects of fasting during cancer treatment but were unable or unwilling to undergo a water only fast. 

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ProLonTM

ProLon™ is the first Fasting Mimicking Enhancing™ Diet to promote healthspan, stem cell-dependent regeneration, and reduction of a variety of markers associated with aging. ProLon™ is also expected to have a potent effect in causing weight loss while optimizing the micronutrient nourishment and promoting anti-aging effects. Given its broader indication and focus on aging and weight management and NOT disease treatment, ProLon™ will be L-Nutra's first product to reach the market. 

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