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Our History & Mission

AIBMR is a scientific and regulatory consulting firm founded in 1978. We are one of the oldest natural products consulting firms in North America, focusing on Independent GRAS conclusions (Self-Affirmed GRAS or GRAS Self-Determinations), FDA GRAS conclusions, FDA NDI notifications, toxicology studies, scientific publications and general FDA and FTC regulatory compliance, such as label reviews and claims substantiations for the food and dietary supplement industries. We maintain an extensive scientific and natural products library, including a rare botanical medicine collection.

Our team is especially unique, as it is comprised of naturopathic physicians and a PhD scientist. Naturopathic physicians are licensed as primary care physicians in a number of U.S. states, and are trained in medicinal diagnostics and pharmaceutical treatments along with natural medicine modalities, including nutrition, botanical medicine, pharmacognosy, behavioral sciences, homeopathy, preventative medicine, lifestyle counseling, and dietary supplements. In addition, our staff has training and experience in toxicology, basic science and clinical research, biostatistics & epidemiology, dietetics, library sciences and decades of experience in FDA and FTC regulatory consulting and toxicological sciences, collectively providing a unique perspective for our clients in the food and supplement industries.

Our Team

Alexander Schauss, PhD, FACN, CFS

Senior Director

AIBMR’s founder, Dr. Schauss, is a leader in nutraceutical research and consulting. He is uncompromising in pursuing the highest quality research standards for AIBMR Life Science’s clients while helping them profit. Dr. Schauss has built an extensive world-wide professional network and gathered an immeasurable pool of knowledge and experience. His expertise extends to introducing AIBMR Life Science’s clients to this network, offering secure, responsible and trustworthy working relationships with competent partners.

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John R. Endres, ND

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Endres, ND has been AIBMR Life Science’s Chief Scientific Officer since 2006. He coordinates a team of scientific and regulatory consultants to the functional foods and dietary supplement industries. Dr. Endres helps AIBMR Life Science’s clients to meet their goals by working closely with them to develop practical research strategies. He is very involved with GRAS Self-determinations, FDA GRAS Notifications, FDA NDI Notifications, regulatory compliance, and toxicology studies at AIBMR. Dr. Endres offers professional and personalized service every step of the way with the highest degree of integrity and attention to detail.

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Amy Clewell, ND, DABT

Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Clewell specializes in safety evaluations of dietary ingredients, especially in the form of General Recognition of Safety (GRAS) independent conclusions and FDA notifications, as well as New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) notifications. She is also involved in writing scholarly manuscripts for peer-reviewed journal publications, trade journals and technical reports, and in evaluating and compiling laboratory and clinical research on natural ingredients, responding to regulatory compliance inquiries related to food and dietary supplements, aiding in claim substantiations, label reviews and performing due diligence reviews.

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Timothy Murbach, ND, DABT

Senior Scientific and Regulatory Consultant

Timothy Murbach, ND, DABT is a Senior Scientific & Regulatory Consultant at AIBMR Life Sciences. Dr. Murbach received his doctor of naturopathic medicine, with high honors, from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and currently maintains his naturopathic physician’s license in the State of Washington (previously having been licensed in Oregon and California). He earned a bachelor of science degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry, from Oregon State University, graduating summa cum laude. Dr. Murbach is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and a full member of the Society of Toxicology.

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Kayla Preece, ND

Scientific and Regulatory Consultant

Kayla Preece, ND, is a Scientific and Regulatory Consultant at AIBMR. Dr. Preece, an Associate Member of the Society of Toxicology, earned her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine with a Certificate in Naturopathic Obstetrics and Childbirth from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon. She currently maintains her license in the state of Oregon.

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Maureen Dunn, ND

Scientific and Regulatory Consultant

Maureen Dunn, ND, is a Scientific and Regulatory Consultant at AIBMR.  Dr. Dunn earned her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2012 from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. She has provided acute and chronic Naturopathic health care in both Vermont and North Carolina.

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Vickie Modica, ND

Scientific and Regulatory Consultant

Vickie Modica, ND, is a Scientific and Regulatory Consultant at AIBMR.  Dr. Modica earned her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2012 from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. Since then, she has cared for patients with chronic illnesses concentrating on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.  She has worked in both the Seattle area and in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Christine Toomasi, ND

Scientific and Regulatory Consultant

Christine Toomasi, ND, is a Scientific and Regulatory Consultant at AIBMR. Dr. Toomasi earned her doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto, Canada in 2009. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Biology, Chemistry, and Health Education. Dr. Toomasi currently maintains her Naturopathic Medical license in the state of Vermont

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Laura Schauss

Director of Finance & Operations

In 1995, Laura became Operations Director of AIBMR’S Life Sciences Division and after three years was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer. In these roles, Laura provides overall leadership for AIBMR’s finance department and is a key member of the company’s leadership team.

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Jared D. Brodin

Director of Information Services

As AIBMR’s Director of Information Services, Jared’s detail includes involvement in corporate marketing and branding strategies, directorship of the firm’s extensive library holdings and acquisitions, coordination of major research projects, and oversight of social media and website functions.