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Leading N-O science

with these leading scientists.

Though we’ve come far in a relatively short time in advancing the science of Nitric Oxide, there’s still much to be demystified and discovered about this miraculous molecule. It is our life’s work, and to help us continue to advance and lead the charge in N-O research and product innovation, we have brought on a unique team of scientists, spanning the complete range of relevant disciplines. These people make up our blue-ribbon Science Advisory Board, led by our scientists, Dr. Nathan Bryan and Dr. John Ivy. Together, our team constitutes an unparalleled level of expertise and experience in the area of nutrition, functional foods, supplements, and in Nitric Oxide research.

Our Science Team

Dr. Nathan Bryan, PhD

Dr. Nathan Bryan, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, was recruited by the Nobel Laureate, Dr. Ferid Murad to work in the N-O Discovery Program at the University of Texas. It was through this program that Dr. Bryan discovered a safe and natural way to produce Nitric Oxide gas, enabling the body to restore its N-O function. Wanting to bring this technology to the masses, he co-founded Neogenis Laboratories, now HumanN, in 2009.

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Dr. John Ivy

With a PhD in Exercise Physiology, Dr. John Ivy is our Executive Director of Sport & Nutrition Research. He has authored over 170 scientific papers and several books, including the well-known and highly respected Nutrient Timing: The Future of Sports Nutrition. Working with notable sports greats, including swimmer Michael Phelps during his preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics, at which he won eight gold medals, his contributions to sports nutrition and science are unparalleled.

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Science Advisory Board

Dr. Stephen Talcott
A Food Chemistry Professor at Texas A&M University, Dr. Stephen Talcott’s research on the appearance, taste, nutritional benefits and quality of food as impacted by natural compounds has encouraged fruit and vegetable consumption and brought to light the unique benefits of a wide range of superfoods, including the Brazilian palm berry, Acai.

His research is focused on phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables, antioxidant stability and assessment, post harvest retention of nutrients and the effects of consuming such compounds as phenolic acids, flavonoids, anthocyanins, procyanidins, carotenoids, tocopherols and ascorbic acid. Those compounds are suggested to have an inverse association with the risk of certain cancers and diseases, of particular interest to Dr. Talcott.

Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton

Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton is a Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at Penn State University. With a research program focused on exploring how nutrients and other bioactive constituents affect established and emerging risk factors for cardiovascular disease, her connection to HumanN is apparent. Dr. Kris-Etherton has published over 150 scientific papers, 10 book chapters and co-authored four books. Her research program has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, USDA and the private sector. She has also served on many national committees and review panels including the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee, the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Macronutrients, the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee as Chairperson, NIH’s Nutrition Study Section, the National Cholesterol Education Program Second Adult Treatment Panel, and WomenHeart.

Jim LaValle, R.Ph., C.C.N., DHM, DHPh.

Jim LaValle is a leading integrative medicine practitioner and thought-leader in the field of metabolic medicine. A nationally-recognized clinical pharmacist, author and board-certified clinical nutritionist, he has nearly thirty years of experience in natural therapeutics application and addressing nutrient depletion issues in the human body. Mr. LaValle was named one of the 50 most influential pharmacists by American Druggist magazine and was one of only nine Americans selected to participate in the inaugural Dietary Supplement Education Alliance & Dietary Supplement Information Bureau. He has also served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Cincinnati College of Pharmacy for more than 14 years and currently serves as Adjunct Professor in Metabolic Medicine at the University of South Florida Medical School.

Dr. Max Talbott

A Ph.D. in immunology and pharmacology, Dr. Max Talbott has served as Chief Regulatory Officer for a number of major firms and has participated in more than 500 global medical product clearances, including some of the top selling drugs on the market today. As an agent with the FDA’s Medical Device Division, Dr. Talbott was one of the key participants in the creation and implementation of the 510K, IDE and PMA regulations. As Acting Director, he managed hundreds of clinical trials and supervised numerous FDA advisory committee meetings. Dr. Talbott’s awards and recognitions include the FDA’s Commendable Service Award, membership on the Editorial Board of the Drug Information Journal, and “Who’s Who” listings in a number of professional compendia. He has authored numerous presentations and publications in the field of new drug/biologic/medical device development, health product regulatory affairs/public policy, immunology and pharmacology.

John P. Cooke, MD, PhD

Dr. John P. Cooke is the chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the Houston Methodist Research Institute and the director of the Center for Cardiovascular Regeneration in the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center in Houston, Texas. He trained in cardiovascular medicine and obtained a Ph.D. in physiology at the Mayo Clinic. He was recruited to Harvard Medical School as an assistant professor of medicine. In 1990, he was recruited to Stanford University to spearhead the program in vascular biology and medicine, and was appointed professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, and associate director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute until his recruitment to Houston Methodist in 2013.

Dr. Cooke has published over 500 research papers, position papers, reviews, book chapters and patents in the arena of vascular medicine and biology with over 20,000 citations. He serves on national and international committees that deal with cardiovascular diseases, including the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, Society for Vascular Medicine, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. He has served as president of the Society for Vascular Medicine, as a director of the American Board of Vascular Medicine, and as an associate editor of Vascular Medicine.

Dr. Joseph Purita

Dr. Joseph Purita, a pioneer in the use of Stem Cell and PRP therapy for orthopaedic conditions, graduated from Georgetown University Medical School and served his surgical internship at the University Of Florida Medical Center.  Following completion of a residency in orthopedic surgery at University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he served as chief administrative resident, Dr. Purita joined the Boca Raton Orthopedic Group in 1981 where he has been practicing ever since. He is also the Chief Medical Officer of The Institute of Regenerative Medicine.  Dr. Purita’s interests for the past decade involve the use of stem cells for musculoskeletal conditions.  He has been pivotal in creating the industry’s leading protocols for numerous orthopedic conditions such as bursitis, tennis elbow, and arthritis to name a few. With a passion for helping to improve the lives of his patients, he has lectured internationally on five continents regarding the healing effects of stem cells and has been instrumental in helping some countries design their policies concerning the use of regenerative medicine; effectively bringing this unique and advanced practice to more people throughout the world. 


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