Industry Movers: Clasado Biosciences and Aker BioMarine

By Will Chu

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Industry Movers: Clasado Biosciences and Aker BioMarine

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August 2021 and like the Olympics, competition for the best positions is heating up with no prizes for second or third place. This month NutraIngredients features those who’ve jostled, interviewed, and achieved the prime podium place.
Cathy Erwin Clasado
Cathy Erwin, Clasado's new Head of E-Commerce. ©Erwin/Clasado Biosciences 

First up, prebiotic ingredient and gut microbiome specialists Clasado Biosciences has appointed Cathy Erwin as its new Head of E-Commerce.

Erwin, who has previously worked at Sanofi and Symprove, is tasked with developing the online sales channels for the firm’s prebiotic galactooligosaccharide (GOS) ingredient Bimuno.

“I’m delighted to join the Clasado team and help further propel the business forward during this exciting time of growth,”​ says Erwin.

There is huge global appetite for prebiotics – consumers are looking to learn more about the gut microbiome and the important role of ‘good’ gut bacteria in supporting overall health and wellbeing, which puts Clasado in a very strong position as the developer of the most studied prebiotic ingredient of its kind.

“I look forward to joining the talented Clasado team on this journey!”

Clasado recruitment drive

The appointment is the latest in a recruitment drive by the firm based in Reading, UK. Since April, the company’s new appointments include Dr Frederic Narbel, VP of Sales B2B and Ian James, Finance Manager.

In September 2020, Gareth Clark was appointed EU Sales & Marketing Director of the prebiotic ingredients firm.

“Cathy has a great deal of experience in driving digital brand & on-line strategy in the health and nutrition category,”​ comments Per Rehné, CEO at Clasado

“Around the globe, prebiotic fibre is connecting with consumers looking to support better gut health. We are notably seeing increased attention on prebiotic supplements, as well as exciting and fast-paced innovation in areas such as functional foods, beverages and sports supplements.”

Aker BioMarine

Katina Handeland Aker
Dr Katina Handeland, Aker BioMarine's new Director for Research & Development. ©Handeland/Aker BioMarine

Not to be outdone, Aker BioMarine, have strengthened its science department with the appointments of Katina Handeland and Yunpeng Ding as Directors for Research & Development (R&D).

Handeland, who is currently the President of the Board for the Norwegian Nutrition Society, will be designing and following up pre-clinical and clinical trials that looks at the biological effects of krill on humans.

Meanwhile Ding, who has most recently served as a senior statistician for a medical research company in Norway, said his focus would be on Superba Krill oil and ‘its potential for sports performance, metabolic syndrome, as well as cardiovascular and cognitive health.’

Dr Ding Aker
Dr Yunpeng Ding, Aker BioMarine's new Director for Research & Development. ©Ding/Aker BioMarine

“Going forward, I foresee adding healthy aging and personalised nutrition to my research, as we expand our efforts to find sustainable solutions to improve public health.”

“We are thrilled to add such top calibre scientists to our Human Health and Nutrition team,”​ says Tim de Haas, EVP for Human Nutrition at Aker BioMarine.

“Each of them brings extensive knowledge and experience to the table, elevating our current research efforts as well as new areas for the future.”

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