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Quality Control Testing Improvements of Nutraceuticals

With Efficient RT-PCR Rapid Methods

February 02, 2022 — 61 min read


This webinar is presented by Nutraceuticals world.

Traditional microbial testing methods for Nutraceuticals can be labor intensive and time to results can take as long as 5-7 days. In this webinar, you will learn how Herbalife Nutrition partnered with bioMérieux to develop an innovative solution to combat those challenges.

The new multiplex pathogen detection assay NUTRAPLEX PRO, offers simultaneous, qualitative detection of E. coli, S. aureus, and Salmonella spp. by utilizing a 24-hour, universal enrichment scheme and an easy workflow (less than 10 minutes of hands-on time) that is consistent across all Nutraceutical matrices.

During this webinar, you will hear from Chris Thompson, Analytical Scientist at Herbalife Nutrition, and Ben Pascal, CBO at Invisible Sentinel, as they discuss the development of this solution and the benefits that Herbalife Nutrition has already seen by implanting it across their various sites:

  • Reduced testing costs by 50% within the first two months
  • Reduced plastic waste by 1 metric ton/year
  • Reduced technician labor time by +50%
  • Reduced their false positivity rate by 50%



Analytical Scientist, Herbalife

Christopher Thompson

Christopher Thompson is a Scientist at Herbalife Nutrition in Southern California. His microbiology experience covers a wide range of food, dietary supplement, and environmental testing, method development, and validation in ISO and FDA governed laboratories. His focus of study is using molecular mechanisms for pathogen detection and quality indicator quantitation in food, dietary supplement, and environmental matrices. He has developed independently published mutliplex PCR methods for identification of botanicals, food protein sources, probiotics, and pathogens. He has driven the transition from conventional microbiological methods to molecular, small-format methods in a variety of food, dietary supplement, and environmental pathogen requirements. Chris has a BS in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from California State University, Fullerton, and is an IFT Certified Food Scientist.

Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder, Invisible Sentinel

Ben Pascal

Mr. Pascal co-founded Invisible Sentinel in 2006. In his role as Chief Business Officer, he focuses on marketing and business development. He also works closely with the Sales function of the Company, helping to define sales strategies, identifying potential clients, supporting system implementation at key corporate accounts, and opening new international markets for the Company. Formerly he was a product developer at B. Braun Medical and the National Institute for Medical Research (London). Ben is an inventor on a corresponding patent to an antibacterial device and team member in the design of a functional cellular vaccine against malaria. He received a BS degree from The George Washington University in Biology and Political Science and an MBA from Lehigh University.

Editor, Nutraceuticals World

Sean Moloughney

Sean Moloughney has been the Editor of Nutraceuticals World since 2012, directing and producing content across print and digital channels. He has over 10 years of editorial experience covering the nutritional products industry.