Advisory Board

Clare Hasler-Lewis, Ph.D., MBA

Clare Hasler-Lewis, Ph.D., MBA is currently Co-Founder and CEO of OlivinoLife, Inc., makers of Olivino™, a dietary supplement that provides the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, conveniently.

Dr. Hasler-Lewis is a member of the Board of Directors of California CareForce, a non-profit organization of medical professionals and caring citizens who provide free dental, vision and medical services to those in need at volunteer-led clinics throughout California. From 2005-2015, she served on the Board of Directors of Chiquita Brands Intl., where she also established and chaired the company’s first Food Safety, Technology & Sustainability Committee.

From 2004-2017, Dr. Hasler-Lewis was founding Executive Director of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at the University of California, Davis. The Institute houses together for the first time two of the world’s leading academic departments, Viticulture & Enology and Food Science & Technology, in a $100+ million-dollar complex, including the world’s only LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum winery, brewery, food and dairy processing/production facilities. She established a groundbreaking Industry Partnership Program that provided millions of dollars in equipment and research fellowships for graduate students and faculty. She also launched the Institute’s internationally recognized Centers of Excellence: UC Davis Olive Center and Honey and Pollination Center.

From 1992-2004, Dr. Hasler-Lewis was a member of the faculty and founding Executive Director of the Functional Foods for Health Program (FFH) at the University of Illinois. The FFH Program was the world’s first academic program focused on the science, regulation and marketing of functional foods/ nutraceuticals, engaged more than 100 faculty from multiple academic units across the Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses, partnered with dozens of multi-national food and pharmaceutical companies and generated millions of dollars of research.

Dr. Hasler-Lewis trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. She holds a dual Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology & Human Nutrition from Michigan State University, an M.S. in Nutrition Science from The Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from Michigan State. She also earned an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Hasler-Lewis has published more than 60 research and position papers, invited reviews, book chapters and technical bulletins and has given hundreds of lectures on diet and health in more than 20 countries.

Mitch Kanter, PhD

Mitch Kanter, Ph.D. has served in director-level roles in the healthy food, beverage and ingredient sectors for over 25 years. Dr. Kanter has owned a consulting practice, Mitch Kanter Health & Nutrition Insights (MKHNI) for the past 13 years, serving as a health/nutrition advisor for numerous companies and industry organizations including CJ Bio, the Alliance for Potato Research & Education (APRE), The Sara Lee Company, Dr Pepper/Snapple, Cadbury Schweppes, Clif Bar, Dean Foods, Kraft Foods, Jack Links, National Beverage Co, Martek Biosciences, and Sciona, among others.   

Dr. Kanter currently serves as the Technical Director for the Global Dairy Platform. During his career he has held varied corporate roles including Director of The Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Director of Nutrition Science & Scientific Communications for the Quaker Oats Company, Director of Nutrition Research for General Mills, Discovery Director and Director of Venturing for Cargill, Executive Director of the American Egg Board, and Chief Science Officer for FoodMinds.

Dr. Kanter received his PhD in Physiology from the Ohio State University, Master’s degrees in Exercise Science and Nutrition and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education from Queens College in New York. He also served as an NIH Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. He maintains an Adjunct Associate Professor role at the University of Minnesota.

David C. Madsen, Ph.D.

David C. Madsen, Ph.D. has decades of experience in the industry as a manager of biomedical science, with technical and practical experience in various aspects of Nutrition – from basic science to implementation. He has an ability to work closely with the various business functions necessary to achieve goals.

Experience and technical skills: Innovation (discovery and development); Pre-clinical and Clinical Trial Management; Scientific/Medical writing and editing; Competitive Intelligence; Corporate Communications; Marketing Support; Regulatory Support; Intellectual Property. Construct, lead and participate in Advisory Boards which guide enterprises.

Advanced Education:

  • MA, PhD: University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Parasitology/Biochemistry)
  • BA: Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass. (Pre-medical)

Qualifications and Experience

  • Consultant to Industry and business (via my consulting company)
  • Industry experience (4 decades): R&D, Innovation, Marketing, Medical Affairs, Regulatory
  • Product innovation: discovery, clinical & pre-clinical trials
  • Project Leader: manage all aspects of projects
  • Competitive Intelligence: developed and implemented position
  • Corporate Communications (“Public Relations”) support
  • Product categories: Infant/Toddler formula, Medical Foods, Food ingredients, Dietary Supplements, CPG, Pharmaceuticals
  • Publications, Patents
  • Skilled in Medical and Technical writing and editing
  • International experience: Lived and worked in Mexico
  • Academic: 7 years, University of Notre Dame Research Faculty