Speakers

Taylor C. Wallace, PhD, CFS, FACN

Taylor C. Wallace, PhD, CFS, FACN, is Principal and CEO at the Think Healthy Group and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University. His academic research interests are in the area of nutritional interventions to promote health and prevent the onset of chronic disease. Dr. Wallace has a PhD an MS in Food Science and Nutrition from The Ohio State University and a BS in Food Science from the University of Kentucky. He operates the popular food and nutrition blog, www.DrTaylorWallace.com, is co-host of the weekly radio show, Risky Behavior™, and a regular guest commentator in the mainstream media, regularly seen on NBC4 Washington and the Dr. Oz Show. He is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition and is the 2015 recipient of the Charles A. Regus Award, given by the American College of Nutrition for original research and innovation in the field of nutrition. Dr. Wallace is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Magnesium Education & Research, the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Dietary Supplements, Deputy Editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the editor of six academic textbooks, author of over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and author of the cookbook, Sizzling Science.

Tom Vierhile, Innova Market Insights

Tom Vierhile is VP of Strategic Insights North America for Netherlands-based Innova Market Insights and has 20+ years of experience in packaged goods reporting and analysis. Based in Fairport, New York, he is a new product marketing expert and has been quoted by Bloomberg, Ad Age, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR.

Tom has given presentations on new product trends at conferences in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America. A regular contributor to Prepared Foods magazine, Tom has a bachelor's degree in marketing from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Janet Y. Zang, US Food and Drug Administration, College Park, MD, USA

Dr. Zang is a Lead Toxicologist in the Office of Food Additive Safety at US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). She is a Team Lead in the Toxicology Review Branch at the Division of Food Ingredients, where she conducts and oversees the safety review of regulatory submissions and provide pre-submission guidance on food additive petitions, color additive petitions and GRAS Notifications. Dr. Zang received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from University of Louisville School of Medicine, followed by a postdoctoral training in the Toxicology Program within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Zang has served as the toxicological and risk assessment resource person on many national and international food safety working groups convened by NIH, NTP, OECD, FAO and WHO. She is in the current Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) Roster of Toxicological and Epidemiological Experts and has authored a number of JECFA monographs.  She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology.