About Cepham

Over 35 Years of International Ingredient Production

Who We Are and What We Do

With a focus on leading-edge medical research, Cepham was originally established in 1978 at the start of India’s science and technology boom. The Company quickly became a well-known research innovator and leader in the medical, nutrition, and health and wellness sectors. The Company developed ingredient production protocols that opened up entire new industries in India and Asia

Cepham’s first venture into food ingredients involved the production of commercially used dairy protein and other milk-derived ingredients. Then, in the mid-1990s, as DSHEA was established in the United States and Europe grew increasingly interested in natural modalities, Cepham saw the opportunity to further diversify their portfolio. Their existing manufacturing facilities provided all the core infrastructure required to expand and build an Ayurvedic ingredient research and production plant.

Our Mission and Values

Cepham produces evidence-based nutraceuticals that create economic opportunity for its botanical growers and harvesters. Current product offerings and new research efforts are targeting:

Our efforts are grounded in clinically-supported claims, sustainability, supply chain transparency, and fair trade partnerships.

Personal Ayurvedic Understanding Meets Relentless Scientific Curiosity

Cepham President Dr. Anand Swaroop had personal experience with Ayurvedic traditions, coming from a family that relied primarily on Ayurvedic powders for their own health goals. Combining that background with his curiosity as a biochemist, Dr. Swaroop set a new goal for Cepham: discover the actives in common Ayurvedic plants and develop more convenient and concentrated extracts.

No other company had tried this yet.

Drawing from the Company’s medical science background, Cepham’s pioneering research teams were incredibly successful. At first, Cepham made their Ayurvedic ingredients available regionally, doubting they would find serious demand elsewhere. The Company was stunned when European and U.S. demand exploded in the early 2000s.

Since then, Cepham has continued to develop new extraction and fermentation technologies to enhance established Ayurvedic ingredients. The Company supports those ingredients with its own lab studies and human clinical research. Globally, Cepham is among the few ingredient suppliers that can research, run clinical studies, scale up, manufacture, stock, and distribute.

Cepham’s Ayurvedic Research Protocol Applied to Global Projects

Research initiatives now include natural health ingredients from sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and South America. Cepham’s over-arching goal is to produce evidence-based nutraceuticals in a fashion that creates economic opportunity for the people who grow and harvest the health-promoting botanicals.

While enhancing current ingredients, the Company constantly looks for the next new ingredient that will meet pressing consumer needs. Current product development initiatives are focused on athletic nutrition, metabolic wellness, and cognitive health. The Company adds two new research-backed product offerings each year and is also known for its production of unique delivery systems, including controlled-release beadlets.

In 2004, Cepham launched its U.S. operations. Today, along with over 200,000 square feet of research and manufacturing facilities in India and closely monitored partnerships with ingredient growers and harvesters worldwide, we also have a complete quality assurance facility with pilot plant and QC lab in New Jersey. We’re enjoying our new partnerships with innovative U.S. brand manufacturers who share our beliefs in evidence-based nutrition and cultivating international economic opportunities.

Cepham Factory
China Plant Tissue Lab

Leadership Team

Anand Swaroop

Dr. Anand Swaroop, Ph.D. - President

Dr. Swaroop is the sitting president at Cepham, Inc., a position he has held since 2005. Prior to coming to Cepham, Dr. Swaroop was Executive Director at Yag Mag, Inc., an Indian pharmaceutical and nutraceutical manufacturer.
In addition to his background in leadership, Dr. Swaroop has nearly twenty years experience in the natural products, food, organic chemicals, and active pharmaceutical ingredient industries. Dr. Swaroop has in-depth understanding of research protocols, supply chain management, business development, marketing research, strategic planning, product development, biotechnologies, life sciences, and quality assurance.
Dr. Swaroop received his M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Allahabad in India prior to earning his Ph.D. in chemistry from the same institution in 1989. In 2015, he became a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN).
Sameer Joshi

Sameer Joshi - Chief Operations Officer and Chief Commercial Officer

Sam has spent more than 20 years working in multiple industries with more than a decade in the dietary supplement space with top companies globally.  Bringing diverse business operations and leadership experience to the team, Sam leads global business for all markets we operate in. He is responsible for the growth of Cepham and provides leadership by developing business partnerships and guiding the sales, marketing and product management teams.  Sam is also responsible for US based operations.
Sam holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Scranton as well as an MBA in International Business Consulting from the University of Offenburg.
Rena Cohen

Rena Cohen-First - VP of Sales

Rena Cohen-First has 25 years of ingredient sales experience in the food, beverage, and supplement industries and invaluable behind-the-scenes market knowledge. Rena completed her MBA at NYIT and served in the US Army as a linguist. Rena is also an author and blogger on the topic of gender and diversity. 
Chris Lamb

Chris Lamb - VP Commercial Strategy

Chris has over 20 years of experience in ingredient business development and sales.   His keen awareness of finding the solutions to unmet market needs propels both small and large supplement brands into unique and innovative spaces.  Cross functional collaboration is a core value, enabling him to effectively dissect the problem and engage resources from technical and commercial ends that ultimately drives value on the shelf and the individual P&L statement.
Chris holds degrees from Rutgers University in biochemistry and microbiology.  In his spare time, he can be found on the sidelines of a lacrosse field or in search of fresh powder.

Team Members

Scientific Advisory Board

Professor, Dept. of Physiology, Medicine and Pathology
Georgetown University Medical Center

Professor of Pharmacology
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Texas Southern University

Study Dean Nutritional Sciences, Head Emerging Field “Oxidative Stress and Oxidative DNA Stability”
Dept of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna

Professor of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of General Education
Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
School of Pharmacy
American University of Health Sciences

Chronic Degenerative Disease Prevention Laboratory
School of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Louisiana State University

Associate Professor
Department of Food Science & Technology
University of Georgia

Professor, Laboratory of Food Science
Department of Nutritional Science
Faculty of Applied Bioscience
Tokyo University of Agriculture

Professor and Director
Chairman of Cancer Biology Interdisciplinary Program
Cancer Research Institute
Seoul National University

Professor of Pharmacology, and Associate Dean
University of Wyoming, School of Pharmacy

Dean Emeritus
Professor Sidney J. Stohs, Ph.D.
Dean Emeritus

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