NCN Europe Investor Meeting 2017
NCN Sponsors 2017
NCN thanks the following companies for their support of NCN Investor Meetings and educational events. Enjoy the benefits of being an NCN supporting company by joining us either as a Sponsor or as a Cornerstone Investor. Contact Grant Ferrier (619) 295-7685 x15 or Tom Aarts (619) 295-7685 x18 to learn about opportunities for NCN supporting companies.
Law Firm Partner: Venable LLP
Trade secrets, patents, trademarks and copyrights are all Venable LLP strong suits. We structure and negotiate licenses, research contracts and technology transfer agreements. And we know how to protect your product and preserve your ability to market. When it comes to marketing and promoting your products, the competition is stiff. That’s why we’ll work to help you avoid or minimize both regulatory and competitive hurdles related to advertising and promoting your products. You face hurdles from both the FDA, concerning product formulation and development, and the FTC, concerning advertising and dissemination. And product claims face hurdles from both agencies. With nearly 600 attorneys in offices across the country practicing in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property and regulatory and government affairs, Venable is one of America’s top 100 law firms.
Marketing Strategy & Branding Partner: BrandHive
BrandHive is branding the natural, organic world. Like any good hive, we’re collaborative and work closely with our client partners to achieve remarkable results for natural brands. BrandHive can help you strategically position your brand within the healthy lifestyles industry. BrandHive clients benefit from our long-standing relationships and decades of experience crafting messages that engage natural businesses and consumers. We specialize in finished goods and raw materials for dietary supplements, personal care, healthy foods and healthy beverages. For more information, visit us at www.brandhive.com.
Investment Banking Partner: Financo
Founded in 1971, Financo is a marketing-driven investment bank with flagship offices in New York, London and the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of our leaders have held senior executive positions at retail and consumer companies, giving us intimate insights and knowledge of the sector that cannot be found at a traditional investment bank. We combine our deep knowledge of the complex world of brands, products, real estate and management with our tenacity to provide companies with comprehensive, customized solutions and world-class execution. We cultivate a powerful network with key and emerging national and international players, which empowers us to pinpoint the optimal buy- or sell-side targets. Our agility enables us to adapt quickly to the needs, style and goals of each client. Every relationship we create is forged from trust. The long-term bonds we form ensure that our roster of prominent retail and consumer companies will seek our services every time.
Clinical Research Partner: KGK Science
KGK Science specializes in human clinical trials for the health nutrition industry and routinely assists clients to design cost-effective clinical studies to meet FDA/FTC, Health Canada and EFSA regulations aiding in claims substantiation. We operate an in-house clinic on site from where the trials are conducted, completing the entire process on your behalf, including protocol development, regulatory approvals, recruitment, data management and report writing. Our final report is very comprehensive, completely analyzing and interpreting the data and fully discussing the results; it can be submitted AS IS for any regulatory review. Over the last 18 years, KGK’s clinical trials have been used for numerous regulatory submissions in the United States, Europe and Canada to aid in claims substantiation! Some of our major areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: Bioavailability, Impaired fasting glucose/impaired glucose tolerance, LDL levels, Satiety and Weight Loss, Inflammation, Cold & Flu and Immune Function, Allergies, Women’s Health, Cosmeceuticals, and Men’s Health. Other areas include studies in diseased populations such as: CVD, hypertension, diabetes, IBS, and osteoarthritis. Visit www.kgksynergize.com to learn more about how we can be Your Partner in Clinical Research.
Executive Search Partner: Leadership Capital Partners
Leadership Capital Partners, LLC (LCP) is a leading retained executive search firm dedicated to providing the highest quality professional service to its clients from its personalized boutique platform. The firm was formed by professionals who deliver “best in class” practices to each assignment, assuring senior consultant involvement at every step of the search process from inception and strategy – to target identification and sourcing – to recruiting and close. LCP is deeply established in the food, beverage and consumer products industries with a special emphasis in all areas of nutrition. LCP has also built a strong track record of success, partnering with leading private equity firms to recruit top talent into their portfolio companies in these industries. These executives have led their companies to achieve overall growth and investment objectives, evidenced by numerous clients reaching lucrative liquidity events on a consistent and continual basis.
Industry Advocacy Partners: New Hope Network and Informa
The New Hope Network is at the forefront of the healthy lifestyle products industry. With solutions for the complete supply chain from manufacturers, retailers/distributors, service providers and ingredient suppliers, the network offers a robust portfolio of content, events, data, research and consultative services. Through its mission to grow healthy markets, the New Hope Network helps businesses identify the people, products, partnerships and trends that create opportunities to bring more health to people.
Informa’s Global Health & Nutrition Network has an unrivalled offering within the health and nutrition marketplace for individuals, businesses and organizations. We create and deliver highly specialized information through events, digital media and publishing to provide business, learning and networking opportunities. Informa Exhibitions is the owner and producer of SupplySide Storefronts as well as Natural Products INSIDER and Petfood & Animal Nutrition 2.0 media. Informa Exhibitions also produces the SupplySide West, Ingredient Marketplace, Vitafoods and Petfood & Animal Nutrition 2.0 events. For more information on Informa’s Global Health & Nutrition Network, visit www. informaglobalhealth.com.
Government Trade Partner: New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is the New Zealand Government’s national economic development agency. Investment New Zealand is the government’s national investment promotion agency and a division of NZTE. Investment New Zealand (http://www.investmentnz.govt.nz) connects international investors with investment opportunities in New Zealand. The site provides detailed information about New Zealand investment opportunities, including suitable prospects recommended by sector specialists, commercial advice and introductions to decision makers, and incentives and help offered by the New Zealand government.
Regulatory Affairs Consultant: RNI Consulting
RNI Consulting, an international regulatory consulting firm with specialized expertise in the areas of Food, Nutrition and Health products, provides regulatory solutions for your company's development efforts. For 10 years, our team has provided strategic guidance and support through each step of regulatory compliance for food, dietary supplements, dietetic products, health products, and cosmetics. In Europe, we assist with Food, Nutrition, Health and Borderline products and Medical Device products. We provide expert advice in choosing the best regulatory strategy, the best regulatory status, the best procedure to achieve regulatory compliance. Internationally our expertise encompasses Food and Nutritional products. With offices in the United States, France and Switzerland, RNI provides solutions that support research and development and product launches in the US and on a global scale.
Technology Commercialization Partner: Specialty Nutrition Group
Specialty Nutrition Group, Inc. is a nutrition brand-building firm focused on commercializing innovative, IP-protected nutritional and health-promoting technologies. SNG acts as co-development partner with large consumer products and nutrition companies to rapidly commercialize nutrition innovations, represents academic institutions and individual inventors to find new commercial applications for their inventions, and develops its own brands for commercial launch in the commercial market. The professionals of Specialty Nutrition Group, Inc. have been responsible for launching new nutraceuticals products with current annual retail sales for over $1.1 billion.
Life Science Innovation Partner: SPRIM
SPRIM is a fully integrated global consulting firm focused on innovation in human health, with offices in 15 countries, serving a diverse client base that ranges from top multinationals to disruptive technology-based startups. SPRIM has a strong track record, successfully executing projects across the globe in the nutraceutical, functional food, medical food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Leveraging consumer insights, regulatory expertise, medical marketing capabilities, and business strategy, SPRIM seamlessly integrates its complimentary practice areas to accelerate scientifically backed solutions to deliver meaningful business end-points.
Investment Banking Partner: Whipstitch Capital
Whipstitch Capital is a specialized investment bank that provides mergers & acquisitions and private placement advisory services to consumer products companies. Led by industry veterans Michael Burgmaier and Nick McCoy, Whipstitch prides itself on working with clients to make the right deals happen at the right time. We help our clients sell all or a majority of their company, raise capital from the right investor at the best-possible terms and assist companies and private equity firms with identifying and completing investments and/or acquisitions. Our comprehensive expertise covers all aspects of M&A and capital raising. We focus on fast-growth, innovative consumer products companies in the following sectors: branded food and beverage, ingredients, food-related technology, private label manufacturers, nutritional supplements and OTC/pharma, and retail and restaurants. Whipstitch Capital’s deep expertise in the healthy and active-living subsectors can’t be matched. Since 2005, the Whipstitch team has completed more than 40 transactions with innovative consumer companies such as KeVita, Essentia Water, Saffron Road, Blake’s All Natural Foods, Spindrift, Zola and Yasso.