Dr. Alvin Berger has 30 years of research experience in nutritional and pharmaceutical sciences in both academ-ic and commercial settings. He has been responsible for leading teams and identifying research directions to support business goals, and developing, designing and releasing new products. Alvin has a demonstrated ability to evaluate scientific merits and commercial feasibility of concepts and products. He has managed substantial budgets and obtained funding from government agencies. He is a champion for utilizing novel and disruptive technologies (such as “omics”) and adapting processes to resolve research obstacles. Alvin is able to analyze research data to generate clear, concise reports and presentations for lay, business, and scientific audiences. He is a published expert on signaling and nutritional aspects of lipids, with a broad knowledge of whole body metabolism and current trends in nutrition research and product development. He is a scholar publishing his findings in eminent journals, innovative thinker, problem solver and polished presenter.
What do I do best?
My most important strengths are to multi-task effectively, avoid distractions, stay super-focused, be goal oriented each day, and think out-of-the-box.
What makes me the best version of myself?
From a young age, I was raised to read classical (unabridged) literature and poetry, enjoy the arts, attend theatre performances, (Broadway), listen to classical music and Opera, and question everything around me, particularly the Cosmos and our meaningfulness but mostly insignificance of our existence. This type of up brining lead me to be inquisitive and to think out-of-the-box in my latter scientific endeavors.
What are my aspirations?
My aspiration on the personal side is to keep my brain and body sharp despite my encroaching more advanced age. On the business side, we aspire to develop and sell many efficacious, world-class, innovative products to allow us to maintain a certain lifestyle, and improve human health.
My Biggest Success?
My biggest success professionally has been to publish world class, pioneering research in scientific Journals like Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, while employed in industry. Personally, my biggest success has been to find the perfect wife when our paths crossed in Toronto Canada; and that led to having two awesome children.
My Most Challenging Moment?
As a competitive Junior Olympian and collegiate gymnast at the University of Michigan, I was working out 3-5 hours per day, and travelling every weekend during the competitive season, which created tremendous pressure and led to lack of sleep. Thereafter, I was in school for 16 years obtaining advanced degrees. Although I have filled my head with knowledge and some wisdom, the sacrifice was a lack of financial stability and geographical instability, and impacts on my personal relationships. In the end, I have become a very strong leader who is not easily intimidated by the challenges of starting new businesses. In terms of a single challenging personal and professional decision, moving from my comfortable nutrition/lipid position with Nestle in Lausanne Switzerland to Toronto Canada to work for a non-nutrition, Pharma company, was a particularly difficult decision, with many challenges awaiting.
Work hard, play hard.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Seattle Washington, for offering a great urban experience and quick access to amazing hikes and outdoor experiences; Switzerland for its awesome, boundless beauty; and the Minneapolis vicinity for its amazing lakes (the long and frigid winters are great for meditation and reflection, family bonding, long saunas, billiards, and cross country skiing through sparsely populated forests sans the wild life).
My Favorite Products/Objects?
My main hobby is road cycling, so my bicycle is my favorite object.
My Current Passions?
Telling creative stories at bedtime to my young children, with no watering down of vocabulary, since they were two years of age, and answering “what does that word mean”, with an equally complex word. Now, they both have great vocabularies for their ages.