As president and chief science officer of Nutrition Science Solutions, Mark Dreher, PhD, comes to his role with more than 30 years in nutrition research. He founded Nutrition Science Solutions in 2009, and since that time, he has helped many high-profile companies develop new food products. Under his leadership, the company provides support for clinical research, scientific publications, and fact-based product development.
Mark Dreher, PhD, previously held a successful tenure at McNeil Nutritionals, where he served as vice president of research and development. There, he led a number of research studies on the use of dietary fibers in weight loss products. He performed similar duties in another prior position with Mead Johnson, as a director and vice president. Mark Dreher, PhD, directed all product safety, nutrition research, licensing, and scientific analysis activities. During this time, he led the successful application for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of an innovative fortified formula for infants.
Prior to joining Mead Johnson, Mark Dreher, PhD, led research for such high-profile companies as Nabisco, M&M/Mars, and Frito-Lay. His research has appeared in more than 30 peer-reviewed journals as well as several books. He has also authored and coedited three books on dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates. In addition, Mark Dreher has served on several committees for the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) North America. For 14 years, he chaired the ILSI North America’s Carbohydrate Committee and served as vice chair of the Functional Foods for Health Committee. He also chaired its Food, Nutrition, and Safety Committee for three successive years.
Mark Dreher holds a PhD and a Master of Science from the University of Arizona, where he studied agricultural biochemistry and nutrition. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of California. He belongs to the American Society for Nutrition, the American Dietetic Association, and other professional organizations.
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