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Our Founders

Dr. Bruce Howe
Co-Founder and Nutragen Health Innovations Board Member

Dr. Howe was the original co-founder CEO, and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Doctors for Nutrition (1998) and President, CTO of BioPharma Scientific (2004). As such, he was the original formulator of GreensFirst, NanoGreens, NanOmega, NanoPro and NanoEPA/DHA.

He was the first formulator to make a great tasting greens product with the clear goal of a balanced formula of high antioxidant and phytonutrient rich fruits and vegetables of all the colors, and the first to verify and promote antioxidant potency thru ORAC testing.

Over the past 15 years Dr. Howe has consulted with several prominent nutraceutical companies to develop unique, hard science based nutraceutical products.

Derek Howe, BS, CPA 
Co-Founder and Nutragen Health Innovations Board Member

From competing at a high level in athletics at a young age and working in the medical and nutrition industries over the past fifteen years, Derek has developed a passion for healthy living.

Previously, Mr. Howe co-founded BioPharma Scientific, Inc., a nutritional supplements company, marketed to health care practitioners and To Go Brands, Inc., a nutritional supplements company marketed to retail outlets. Mr. Howe served as the Chief Financial Officer of BioPharma Scientific and the Chief Executive Officer of To Go Brands.

Erinn Johnson, BA
Co-Founder and Nutragen Health Innovations Board Member

Erinn was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Innovations for Health(IFH), Inc. from its founding in 2010 until its acquisition by Nutragen in 2015.  She was responsible for the strategic development, launch and implementation of IFH’s 28 Days to Health suite of products and programming. Prior to co-founding IFH, Inc. in 2010, Erinn was a National Vice President and top sales producer for a multi-million dollar health and beauty company leading a team of forty consultants.

Erinn was an early recruit to PeopleSoft, Inc.; a start-up technology company that grew to over one billion dollars in revenue.  During her 10 year tenure, Erinn held strategic management positions in Stock Administration, Investor Relations, Human Resources, Development, Consulting and Customer Relations. She ultimately rose to become a member of the Senior Management Team in the flagship HR Product Development Division. Erinn graduated Cum Laude from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson

Dr. Johnson has maintained an active clinical practice since 1997, where he blends intensive spine and sports rehabilitation with a holistic wellness approach.  With the help of his staff, he created a comprehensive 4-week program called 28 Days to Health.  28 Days to Health provided a proven roadmap for effective lifestyle change that included dietary, exercise, and rest strategies.  It quickly became the most recognized clinically based nutrition program in the San Francisco Bay Area and provided irrefutable evidence to the power of clean eating and detoxification.  

Dr. John H. Maher
Director of Education and Research

Dr. Maher was co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Doctors for Nutrition (1998) and co-founder, CSO of BioPharma Scientific (2004). As such over the last decade, Dr. Maher has conducted, presented and published his research on phytonutrients and zoonutrients that was presented to medical, chiropractic and naturopathic seminars, symposiums and colleges around America.

Dr. Maher, who in the past has earned “diplomat status” in both clinical nutrition and integrative medicine, served as the west coast post graduate assistant professor in Anti-Aging for NY Chiropractic College in the late 1990’s and was the “Health and Wellness” columnist for Dynamic Chiropractic from 2004 to 2010.


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