Mike Bush (IPA Secretary)
Kerry Taste & Nutrition
Formerly president and CEO of Ganeden, Michael is an executive, officer and board member for various natural products, healthcare, bioinformatics and technology related startups, turnarounds and early to mid-stage companies. Built large, distributed business development, sales, operations and marketing teams and programs to generate maximum value for shareholders and strategic partners. Completed IP out-licenses, acquisitions, divestitures and capital acquisition for a variety of organizations.
Michael H. Lee (IPA Treasurer)
Garden of Life - Atrium Innovations
Michael H. Lee, MS, MBA, is Senior Director of Product Development at Garden of Life, LLC, a subsidiary of Nestle. Mr. Lee has been formulating probiotic-based products for 14+ years, a well as other supplements and functional foods. He solidified Garden of Life/Atrium’s IPA membership in 2009 and currently serves the IPA as a BOD member (since 2011), as well as Executive Committee Member & Treasurer (since 2012). He received his MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management (AZ, USA) and MS and BS in biological sciences from South Korea.
Kevin Mehring (IPA President)
UAS Laboratories LLC
Kevin Mehring received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry in 1994. While advancing rapidly through his first career phase at the global chemical/coatings company PPG Industries, Kevin obtained his MBA from Marquette University. In 2007, Kevin joined probiotic ingredient manufacturer Danisco A/S (now DuPont Nutrition & Health) where he held three positions over 6 years – Global Product Manager, Global Business Director and finally Director of Sales – Americas – Supplements & Pharma. In 2013, Kevin joined forces with Lakeview Equity and his business partner, Dr. Greg Leyer, to acquire majority ownership of UAS Laboratories where he serves as President/CEO.
Amy Smith (IPA Vice President)
Danisco USA, Inc.
Amy earned a doctorate degree in Microbiology from Louisiana State University, minoring in virology and molecular biology. After years conducting research on microbial pathogenesis and molecular detection methods, Amy began a career with DuPont, and is currently the Regulatory Global Lead for DuPont Probiotics. Amy’s ability to understand science, regulation, and real-world industry promotes a forward-thinking probiotics industry platform for the success of DuPont probiotics, all at the current pace of immense industry growth.