Scientific & Technical Advisory Board
Joseph L. Evans, Ph.D. – Expert in Pharmaceutical and Natural Product Development & Marketing
Dr. Evans is a pharmaceutical scientist and serial entrepreneur with over twenty years experience in the research, development, and commercialization of pharmaceutical and natural product therapeutics for the metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes, obesity and the metabolic syndrome. Dr. Evans has published more than 40 original research articles, review articles and book chapters in these areas.
Dr. Evans has extensive corporate R&D experience in the areas of drug discovery and development (both non-clinical and clinical) including holding positions of increasing responsibility at Syntex, Merck, Novartis (formerly Sandoz), Shaman Pharmaceuticals, SUGEN, and Telik. More recently, Dr. Evans served as Vice President, Research & Development and Chief Scientific Officer of Medical Research Institute (San Francisco, CA), where he provided scientific leadership and expertise in product development, manufacturing, regulatory affairs, technology evaluation, and clinical research for a variety of highly successful dietary supplements and sports nutrition products including NO2™, CE2™, and ALAmax™ (controlled release lipoic acid). Dr. Evans played a major role in the development, introduction, and commercialization of a first-in-class controlled release a-lipoic acid for individuals with type 2 diabetes, and a first-in-class nitric oxide generator product for the sports nutrition industry. Medical Research Institute (MRI) was acquired by Natrol (Chatsworth, CA) in June, 2007.
Currently Dr. Evans is the Founder and President of P & N Development Ventures (Redwood City, CA), a consulting firm to the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and venture capital industries.
Dr. Evans received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA), and received post-doctoral training in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and physiology at Dartmouth Medical School (Hanover, NH) and the University of Copenhagen (Copenhagen, Denmark).