HealthWell Ventures is a privately owned company that brings cutting edge wellness products to a variety of companies in the nutraceutical industry. We offer a unique skill set that can bring your company the very latest in nutritional supplement technology and build connections with manufacturers and distributors.
Dr. Louis Ignarro
Founder. Dr. Ignarro is a Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology at UCLA. Dr. Ignarro received the 1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his breakthrough discovery of Nitric Oxide as a unique signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system, enabling improved blood flow throughout the body. One of the many advances that resulted directly from his work was the development of the blockbuster erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. Dr. Ignarro is the author of the best-selling book NO More Heart Disease, explaining the many cardiovascular benefits of increased nitric oxide production. He received his B.S. degree in Pharmacy from Columbia University in 1962, followed by a Ph.D. in Pharmacology with minor in Physiology from the University of Minnesota in 1966.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Dave has been the driving force behind entrepreneurial health and nutrition companies since 1968, including Leiner Health Products (1973) and The Feeling Fine Company (1997). Between 1973 and 1997, Dave founded and built the Leiner Health Products Company, growing it from nothing into the largest vitamin manufacturer in the United States, with distribution in over 50,000 retail outlets. The company grew successfully under Dave's leadership and was taken public in 1985, eventually achieving sales of $700M and a market capitalization of $750M. He retired from active duty as Leiner's Chairman and Founder in 1997. Dave received his undergraduate Business degree from the University of Southern California in 1966 and his graduate degree in marketing from USC in 1968.
Dr. Andrew Myers
President and Chief Science Officer. Dr. Myers is a naturopathic physician with nearly 20 years of experience developing new nutritional products and consumer-friendly product positioning statements. Dr. Myers has also worked to support sales and marketing teams with large mass-market retail customers including Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Costco and QVC. Dr. Myers also has extensive television and radio experience and has lectured widely to health professionals, the US military and the public on all aspects of natural health. He is the author of the forthcoming book entitled Simple Health Value. Dr. Myers received his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington and his undergraduate degree in Biology (Molecular) from the University of Arizona.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Denny started his career in television producing commercials and international science documentaries for PBS and Discovery Channel. He won four Telly awards for best commercial production and produced a feature film that was nominated for Best Comedy at Shriekfest in 2001. In 2002, Denny was hired as the Marketing Director for Africa Harvest, a non-profit organization that uses technology to feed the people of Kenya, and eventually served on the Board of Directors. Denny also served as an instructor of advertising and media communications at Louisiana State University. Denny earned his undergraduate degree in digital media from Otis College of Art & Design in 2001 and earned his graduate degree in economics from Pepperdine in 2004.