R&D-TEAM

R & D Team

Mark Olson (CEO/Founder of MRM)

Mark-MRMMark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University-Long Beach.  While working on his graduate thesis in Clinical Nutrition, Mark worked as a research nutritionist at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, which exposed him to a wide array of medical disciplines.  Integration of nutritional protocols into both wellness and treatment of disease states were of particular interest, and eventually informed his need to research and understand both alternative medicine and Eastern medical practices.

Mark also spent years in the nutritional products industry consulting with branded sports supplement companies and natural ingredients manufacturers.  Frustrated with the overall lack of research in the sports supplement industry, he founded Chemi-Source, and in 1996, developed a “physicians-only” supplement line driven by all-natural ingredients.  Later that year, he founded Metabolic Response Modifiers (MRM) to bring high quality wellness and sports supplement formulas to retail shelves in 1996. Since then, MRM has funded numerous human clinical trials at major universities across the United States and abroad.

As MRM’s catalog of health, wellness and performance products grow, Mark has become ever more committed to investment in clinical validation and to the development of proprietary blends that support ideal health and quality of life  Although research offers exciting new insights into nutritional well-being, Mark’s passion continues to be directed toward quality of life – both for customers worldwide, and for his family of MRM employees and associates.

 

Published Works:
Hoffman, J.R., R. Jager, M. Olson, et al. “The effects of acute and prolonged CRAM supplementation on reaction time and subjective measures of focus and alertness in healthy college students.”Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 7.39 (2010): 83-89. Print

 


 
Dr. Jaroslav Boublik (BSc (Hons), PhD (Med), MRACI, C.Chem, AACNEM)

Dr. Boublik was educated in Melbourne, Australia, and received his B.Sc. from the Department of Chemistry, at Monash University, and later his Ph.D. (Med) from the Department of Medicine, at Monash University. He is an Associate member of the Australian College for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, a Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and a Chartered Chemist.

Dr. Boublik has conducted research at Prince Henry’s Hospital Medical Research Centre, The Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry in China, the esteemed Salk Institute in La Jolla, and the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He has been an honorary lecturer at Monash University’s Department of Chemistry, has published over 30 peer-reviewed studies and articles in scientific journals, and has presented almost 40 scientific papers at research symposia. In addition, he is an inventor holding four patents – three of which are in the U.S., and one for a hydration solution is held in 25 countries. He has also been a nutritional adviser to several elite athletes, including Olympic medalists.

Dr. Boublik is a longtime research and development consultant in the nutritional products industry, a board member of several companies that specialize in nutritional medicine, complementary medical research and development, and in water-related technologies. He has been active in product research and development for three decades, and has created successful products in the nutritional supplement and beverage industries, as well as within the realms of both functional food and skin care, and transdermal technologies.

Published Works:
Boublik, J.H., M.J. Quinn, J.A. Clements, et al. “Coffee contains potent opiate receptor-binding activity.” Nature 301.5897 (1983): 246-248
Boublik, J.H., N.A. Scott, M.R. Brown, et al. “Synthesis and Hypertensive Activity of Neuropeptide Y Fragments and Analogs with Modified N- or C-termini or D-substitutions.” Journal of Medicinal Chemistry32.2 (1989): 597-601.
Boublik, J.H., M.A. Spicer, N.A Scott, et al. “Biologically Active Neuropeptide Y Analogs.” Annals of the New York Academy of Science 611.1 (1990): 27-34.
Boublik, J.H. “Water Quality and its Importance to Optimal Wellness.” Proceedings of The Fisher Institute for Medical Research 4.2 (2006): 9-11.

 


 
Chuck Rudolph (MEd, RD)

Chuck is a Registered Dietitian and a graduate of California State University-Long Beach, where he earned a degree in Nutritional Science. In addition, he holds a Master of Nutrition Education with a concentration in biochemistry as part of post-graduate work at the University of Cincinnati. Chuck also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University in Louisiana.

Chuck is heavily involved with research, development, and formulation and flavoring of innovative nutritional supplements that feature the latest well-researched materials. He is invested in developing all-natural products that both enhance wellness, and target fat loss, and offer opportunities for improvements in sports performance. Chuck has co-authored scientific articles written specifically for health care practitioners and consumers. His years of both practical and clinical experience have given him a unique perspective on what it takes to bridge the gap between nutritional science and its practical applications in both performance and wellness in the athletic world.

Published Works:
Stoppani, J., T. Scheett, C. Rudolph, et al. “Consuming a supplement containing branched-chain amino acids during a resistance-training program increases lean mass, muscle strength and fat loss.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 6.1 (2009): 1.

 


 
Dr. Martin Purpura

Dr. Purpura is a product development expert for nutritional health products, and specializes in all stages from concept to commercialization. He earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Bonn, Germany, which included a stay of research at the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, and has spent many years in the nutritional products sector working for leading global ingredient suppliers in both research and development, and operations. 

His education and experience in nutrition, bioactive compounds, regulatory affairs, and intellectual property management keep Dr. Purpura at the forefront of development of the latest iterations of clinically proven dietary ingredients, and the creation of consumer products that offer benefits such as improved shelf-life; bio-availability, etc. 

Published Works:
Jäger, R., R.C. Harris, M. Purpura, et al. “Comparison of new forms of creatine in raising plasma creatine levels.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 4:17 (2007)

Jäger, R., M. Purpura, M. Bird, et al. “The effects of phosphatidylserine supplementation on cognitive functioning prior and following an acute bout of resistance training in young male.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 7.1 (2010): 2
Jäger, R., M. Purpura, A. Shao, et al. “Analysis of the efficacy, safety, and regulatory status of novel forms of creatine.” Amino Acids 40.5 (2011): 1369-1383.
Hoffman, J.R., R. Jager, M. Olson, et al. “The effects of acute and prolonged CRAM supplementation on reaction time and subjective measures of focus and alertness in healthy college students.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 7.39 (2010): 83-89.

 


 
Dr. Ralf Jäger (FISSN, CISSN, MBA)

Dr. Jäger is an inventor and award winning speaker on functional foods and dietary supplements. He continually develops new products on the leading edge within the sports supplement industry, he has designed and conducted important scientific studies that advance the industry, and has authored numerous scientific papers on sports nutrition in areas from brain, joint, and heart, to gut health and product safety.

Dr. Jäger has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and was a postdoctoral scholar in bio-organic chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN), is a fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (FISSN), and is a member of the editorial board of the leading peer-reviewed Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN). He has also consulted extensively with professional teams, elite athletes and Olympians in different sports.

Published Works:
Jäger, R., M. Purpura, A. Shao, et al. “Analysis of the efficacy, safety, and regulatory status of novel forms of creatine.”  Amino Acids 40.5 (2011): 1369-1383.
Hoffman, J.R., R. Jäger, M. Olson, et al. “The effects of acute and prolonged CRAM supplementation on reaction time and subjective measures of focus and alertness in healthy college students.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 7.39 (2010): 83-89.
Jäger, R., M. Purpura, K.R. Geiss, et al.  “The effect of phosphatidylserine on golf performance.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 4:23 (2007)
Jäger, R., M. Purpura, M. Bird, et al. “The effects of phosphatidylserine supplementation on cognitive functioning prior and following an acute bout of resistance training in young male.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 7.1 (2010): 2

 


 
Joseph Mannion

Joseph received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from California State University-San Marcos. He works with MRM to bring science-backed nutritional products to the consumer market – from first formulation stage to worldwide ingredient sourcing, to store shelves.

Joseph has worked on the manufacturing side of the nutritional supplement industry and understands all functions in product development, analytic testing, and manufacturing procedures.  Helping to develop natural products, with health benefits that meet or exceed quality and function, is his number one goal.

Unlike many scientists, Joseph is well-versed in product marketing, and works as a liaison between research and development and product marketing departments, to help bridge all-important gaps in understanding between the two.

 


 
Josh McPherson

Josh joined MRM in 2011 as a Quality Assurance specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Diego. His other areas of study include biochemistry, environmental science, and the physiology of plants. This combined focus prepared Josh for entry into the nutritional supplements field, and provided a better understanding of human nutrition, as it pertains to nutrient needs for growth, development, health and well-being. As the head of the MRM Quality Assurance and Control department, Josh keeps abreast of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) as well as the latest scientific research as it pertains to internal development projects. In addition, he works to assure customer service needs are met, and investigates any issue that has impact on MRM and its customers.

Within the last two years, Josh has been an integral part of product flavoring, and his position continues to grow as his experience and passion increases.