Ferid Murad is an American physician and pharmacologist who won a share of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology for the discovery that nitric oxide (NO) acts as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system of mammals. His work paved the way for significant development in the field of cardiovascular medicine. The son of hardworking restaurant owners in Indiana, he grew up watching his less-educated parents toil hard to earn their livelihood. This in part inspired him to get professionally qualified when he was old enough. From a young age, he began helping his parents in running the business and learned the values of hard work and determination. His mother’s compassion for the underprivileged motivated the boy to become a doctor. A brilliant student, he completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the pre-med program at DePauw University and proceeded to the Case Western Reserve University for his MD and pharmacology Ph.D. He practiced as a physician while simultaneously embarking on an academic career. In the 1970s, he performed research that showed that nitroglycerin and several related heart drugs induce the formation of nitric oxide. Dr. Murad’s work eventually led to significant discoveries that revolutionized the treatment of cardiovascular disorders.
Ferid Murad, MD PhD
1963-1966: Warehouse Employee for Bergen Brunswig Drug Company. Line filler, packer, trash man, and maintenance.
1966-1970: Brand Manager of Bergen Brunswig Drug Company for Health Rite Vitamins. This was the first company to pioneer a full line of natural vitamins into U.S. food and drug chains.
1970-1972: Director of Marketing and Sales for Banner Gelatin Products. The company was the second largest manufacture of soft gelatin capsules used predominately for the production of Vitamin E and Fish Oil capsules in the U.S.
1973-1997: Founder and President of Leiner Health Products. During his time he led the company to becoming the largest vitamin manufacturer in the U.S.; distributing to over 60,000 retail outlets with corporate revenues exceeding $750 million annually.
1998-2001: Partnered with Dr. Art Ulene and founded the Feeling Fine Company. The Feeling Fine Company launched standardized herbal extracts and science-based vitamins formulated for, and endorsed by, “America’s Family Doctors” (NBC’s Today Show).
2002-2012: Founded and created HealthWell Ventures, LLC. A nutritional science-based Product Development Company working in concert with Herbalife Corporation and utilizing Dr. Lou Ignarro, as their “Voice of Authority” for their cardio formulas. Dr. Ignarro was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1998 for his discovery of the Nitric Oxide (N.O.) gas molecule and the role it plays in cardiovascular health. The flagship result of this Herbalife partnership was the creation of “Niteworks,” an N.O. based powder acting as a natural vasodilator that helps to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. Launched in 2002 and distributed by Herbalife to over 40 countries worldwide, “Niteworks” currently contributes over $250 million a year to Herbalife’s revenues.
2012-current: Partnered with Dr. Luis Pacheco, M.D, the “Voice of Health and Wellness” for the Hispanic community via Telemundo and Univision TV. Together they created Nature’s Science, LLC. As Founder and CEO Brubaker and Dr. Pacheco’s mission continues to be delivering nutritional based products to the over 55 million Latino health conscience consumers in the U.S.
2015-current: Partnered with Dr. Ferid Murad, M.D., PhD, 1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Jay Brubaker in Forming Nutra-Creations, a LLC focused on bringing Dr. Ferid Murad’s Nobel Prize winning science to the mass market channels including Food Drug Mass and Health Food. Dr. Murad won the Nobel Prize in 1998 for his discovery of Nitric Oxide (N.O.)
Danny Petrasek MD, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Danny Petrasek is a physician scientist with broad expertise in medical physiology and metabolism. After completing his clinical training, he was invited to participate in the UCLA Specialty Training & Advanced Research (STAR) Program. During that time, he became the first physician to receive a PhD in applied and computational mathematics from the California Institute of Technology's (Caltech) division of engineering and applied sciences.
Dr. Petrasek's scientific contributions span the spectrum of the medical field including: translational medicine, dermatology, metabolism, nutrition, cardiology, and endocrine physiology. He has innovated products for fortune 50 pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.
As a product developer in the direct sales industry, he has designed and marketed a range of successful products including: topical skin care, nutritional supplements, energy and hydration, cognition and women’s health. The sales channels include MLM, Internet marketing, professional markets as well as traditional and electronic retail.
As director of the Global Virtual Hospital, a multi university telehealth program (Baylor College of Medicine, Imperial College, Caltech and NTU), he led a team of physicians, technologists and health care providers in creating a wellness and general health service via the Internet.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kelly has more than 20 years experience in product development and direct marketing. He has created multi-million dollar programs in the skincare, fitness, and nutritional supplement categories.
He sold a direct-marketing company, Promenade Communications, to a New York Stock Exchange traded public company, E4L (NYSE: ETV) and co-owned shopping channels in the US and UK. Kelly previously served as the president of the largest divisions of Guthy-Renker Corporation, one of the largest privately owned direct marketing companies in the world.
He is a graduate of The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He attended UCLA Law School and practiced law at the law firm of Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory.
Chief Marketing Officer
Education: BS, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Healthwell/Nutra-Genetics – Responsible for Project Management and Marketing in venture with Herbalife. Coordinated sales efforts with Herbalife’s internal team.
Nature’s Science, LLC Partnered with Dr. Louis Pacheco and David Brubaker to market nutraceuticals leveraging the name and reputation of “Dr. P” throughout the US, particularly in Hispanic communities. Responsible for marketing and operations for the venture.
Coby Cares Foundation, President – Founded in 1989 in the memory of his mother, Coby Brubaker. The Coby Cares Foundation supports health, wellness, and education for underprivileged children around the world.