The Steering Committee (SC) is the governing body at IMGC, providing leadership and managing the strategic framework and working principles for the consortium. The steering committee guides modifications of the general policies and procedures and partners with the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on scientific strategy. The SC is composed of one representative from each of the sponsoring members as voting members.
Ron Belldegrun has been an IMGC Steering Committee member since in 2021. Ron is co-founder and CEO of ByHeart, a baby nutrition company that makes evolved foods and formulas along the pregnancy to toddler nourishment continuum. Founded in 2016, ByHeart is dedicated to empowering parents everywhere with feeding choices that build a healthier foundation for their babies’ lives to follow. ByHeart products are crafted with next-to-nature quality, leading nutrition science, and ingredient transparency to sit at the forefront of immune, cognitive, digestive and microbiome health. With ownership of manufacturing and research & development facilities, ByHeart is on track to become the 4th fully-integrated, FDA-registered baby nutrition company in the US. Ron brings over a decade of investing experience in healthcare and infant formula to ByHeart’s innovation. He founded Consumer Health Ventures (CHV), a company that invests in businesses that improve lives. Prior to CHV, Ron spent eight years at Visium Asset Management, a healthcare focused investment fund where he was responsible for a $1B portfolio across Pharmaceutical and Consumer Health investments. He is an active board member of the Vagelos Lifescience and Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania / Wharton. Ron graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Major in Biological Basis of Behavior and a Minor in Healthcare Management in Wharton.
Denise Mullinax has been an IMGC Steering Committee member since 2018. She is the executive director of the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF), an independent non-profit foundation with a mission to lead and deliver the best research and science-based programs in support of the California dairy industry. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with an undergraduate degree in animal science and a Master’s in agriculture and management. Denise has more than 20 years of experience working with the California dairy sector, holding key education, research, and sustainability management positions within UC Cooperative Extension and Hilmar Cheese Company. Concurrent with her duties at CDRF, she also serves as the assistant director of the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP), a position she has held for the past 13 years.
Bernd Stahl, Ph.D.
Director Human Milk Research and Analytical Science
Danone Nutricia Research
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Science
Utrecht University, Netherlands
Dr. Bernd Stahl joined the IMGC Steering Committee in 2015. He is the R&D Director of Human Milk Research & Analytical Science at Danone Nutricia Research, Utrecht, and an Associate Professor of Glycobiology within the Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery Group at the Department of Pharmaceutical Science at the Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He received his Ph.D. in Biology at the Westfaelische Wilhelms-University Muenster, Germany. He has a strong background in biochemical research with a significant contribution to human milk science for more than 25 years. Prof. Stahl is the author and co-author of more than 100 scientific publications, reviews and book chapters. He is (co) inventor of more than 40 patents. Currently his work is focused on the scientific understanding of factors that influence and are influenced by breastfeeding and human milk, beyond nutrition. The deciphering of the variation of human milk composition and its impact for a breastfed infant is important for global public health. The insights gathered through this research are not only relevant for early life but also for the entire lifespan of an individual. These allow the creation of innovative and specialized nutritional solutions. Bernd Stahl is a member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS), American Chemical Society (ACS), German Biochemical Society (GBM), European Milk Bank Association (EMBA), International Milk Genomics Consortium (IMGC), and the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML).
Dr. Wejse has been an IMGC Steering Committee member since 2019 and has participated in annual Symposia since 2013. With 14 years of experience in leading technology transfer and scientific collaboration between universities and industry, Dr. Wejse became the Head of Open Innovation, Universities & Consortia of the dairy cooperative Arla Foods amba in September 2018. In this role he accelerates Arla’s innovation agenda through strong innovation networks with private and public research organizations across the world. Dr. Wejse holds a Master of Science followed by a PhD in Microbial Ecology and Protein Chemistry. Starting from enzymology his carrier has moved through bioactivity of proteins towards nutrition and human health. Building on broad knowledge within science and developing a wide network with the academic world, his current role supports all aspects of application of science through academic collaborations. Dr. Wejse has also played a key role in Arla Food for Health as a Steering Committee member. Arla Food for Health, embraces the vision of discovering the health effects of dairy and dairy ingredients through its public private partnership with the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and Arla Foods Ingredients. He has been deeply involved in shaping the scientific direction for the center and engaged and built collaborative relationships with the universities. Dr. Wejse’s bibliography is publicly available here.