Wheels in Motion
The research and development gears are turning as Sabinsa tours the cosmetic
industry with its range of innovations.
PHYTONUTRIENTS and Ayurvedic herbal extracts are all the rage right now in beauty. Sabinsa Corporation, a supplier to the industry founded in 1988 by Muhammed Majeed,
Ph.D., has carved a niche for itself with a wide variety of specialty
fine chemicals for the nutritional, pharmaceutical, personal care
and food industries.
During the past 25 years, Sabinsa has brought to market more than 100 standardized botanical extracts
and backed them up with several clinical studies. On Oct. 8, the company
hosted the third and final stop
of its Sabinsa on Wheels Tour
2013. A day-long science summit for East Coast customers
was held on the waterfront in
Two industry experts, Douglas Kalman,
Ph.D., RD, FACN, and
Marc Ullman, Ullman
Shapiro Ullman, a
regulatory attorney, offered perspective on
timely issues. In addition,
Sabinsa’s research staff
presented the latest clinical
studies conducted on its proprietary dietary supplement ingredients used in nutraceuticals.
Presenters from Sabinsa at the event
included Nagabhushanam Kalyanam, Ph.D.,
president of R&D, Sabinsa; Reza Kamarei, Ph.D.,
vice president of science and technology, Sabinsa;
Anurag Pande, Ph.D., vice president, scientific affairs, Sabinsa;
Sarang Bani, Ph.D., vice president (R&D) and head of biological
sciences, Sami Labs, Ltd.; and Shaheen Majeed, marketing director, Sabinsa.
A sampling of the topics on the Oct. 8 agenda included sports
nutrition, blood sugar support, probiotics, cosmeceuticals and
weight management. The event gave Sabinsa the opportunity to
tout its patented Curcumin C3 Complex, an antioxidant sourced
from the roots of Curcuma longa (turmeric) that helps heal
wounds, and can aid in skin conditions such as psoriasis.
“Curcumin C3 is an excellent antioxidant,” noted Kalyanam,
who added that this ingredient is said to fight skin cancer in the
form of neck squamous carcinoma, among other benefits. When
taken orally three times a day, it can even combat radiation
Ullman’s presentation focused on good
“This is an important area
of interaction,” he said, citing
three points of key commu-
nication: GMP warning
letters, FDA Form 483S
(issued to firm manage-
ment at the conclusion
of an inspection when
an investigator(s) has
observed any condi-
tions that in their judg-
ment may constitute
violations of the Food
Drug and Cosmetic FD&C
Act and related Acts) and
Hazard Analysis and Critical
Control Points (HACCP).
According to Ullman, co-
operation with suppliers is“critical”
for GMPs. Knowledge of emerging
issues in the field are also crucial,
such as identity testing, carrying
insurance and having the rightly
qualified director of QC or QA.
Finally, the proper supporting documentation is a must.“If it’s
not in writing, it didn’t happen,” warned Ullman.
A Cosmeceutical Leader
Dr. Pande’s presentation focused on Sabinsa’s cadre of novel
cosmeceuticals, an important advantage as the personal care
Melissa Meisel • Associate Editor
Sabinsa is celebrating 25
years of business.