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Gellenbeck K.W.,Amway Corporation
Journal of Applied Phycology | Year: 2012

Many algal extracts/preparations have been used in nutritional supplements and cosmetics for many decades, notably Dunaliella, Spirulina, Chlorella, Haematococcus, and numerous kelp species. However, the road to acceptance and use of preparations from new species is long, and there are many barriers to overcome. This article outlines what is needed to achieve acceptance from the perspective of a large marketer and manufacturer of a wide variety of consumer products. Real-life applications are used to show the required and desired information that must flow between the raw material supplier and the manufacturer to effectively bring a new material to the marketplace. The viewpoints of many different levels of the organization are considered including: product formulators with their focus on efficacy (of special interest are results from human clinical trials), mechanisms of action and performance of the ingredient in their formulations; quality assurance that looks for consistency and reliability of the ingredient; regulatory personnel that require assurance and documentation that an ingredient is acceptable in markets around the world; and procurement that requires adequacy of supply to fulfill market demand along with competitive pricing and reliable customer service. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Yan X.,Vanderbilt University | Yan X.,Amway Corporation | Faulkner C.J.,Vanderbilt University | Jennings G.K.,Vanderbilt University | Cliffel D.E.,Vanderbilt University
Langmuir | Year: 2012

Photosystem I (PSI) is a membrane protein complex that generates photoinduced electrons and transfers them across the thylakoid membrane during photosynthesis. The PSI complex, separated from spinach leaves, was spread onto the air-water interface as a monolayer and transferred onto a gold electrode surface that was precoated with a self-assembled monolayer (SAM). The electrochemical properties of the transferred PSI monolayer, including cyclic voltammetry and photoinduced chronoamperometry, were measured. The results showed that PSI retained its bioactivity after the manipulation. Its capability of converting photoenergy into electrical potential was demonstrated by its reducing an electron acceptor, dichloroindophenol (DCIP), and by oxidizing an electron donor, sodium ascorbate (ASC). We have shown that the protein has two possible orientations at the water interface. The orientation distribution was determined by comparing the controlled reductive and oxidative photocurrents generated from Langmuir-Blodgett and Langmuir-Schaefer monolayers. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

Yan X.,Amway Corporation | Evenocheck H.M.,Amway Corporation
Carbohydrate Polymers | Year: 2012

In this study, a method for the characterization and quantification of chitosan was designed using acid hydrolysis, glucosamine derivatization, and high performance liquid chromatography. Based on a kinetic study of acid hydrolysis, we have demonstrated that chitosan can be quantitatively hydrolyzed into glucosamine in 6 h with either 10 M hydrochloric acid (HCl) at 105 °C, or 12 M HCl at 90 °C. Following N-(9-fluorenylmethoxycarbonyloxy) succinimide (Fmoc-OSu) derivatization, the glucosamine content can be separated from the rest of the hydrolysates and quantified using reverse-phase HPLC with UV detection. This method was validated for linearity, precision (repeatability and reproducibility), and accuracy using both chitosan and a dietary supplement formulation containing chitosan. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Diwakar G.,Amway Corporation | Rana J.,Amway Corporation | Saito L.,Concentrate Development | Vredeveld D.,Amway Corporation | And 2 more authors.
Fitoterapia | Year: 2014

In recent years, dietary fatty acids have been extensively evaluated for nutritional as well as cosmetic benefits. Among the dietary fats, the omega-3 (ω3) and omega-6 (ω6) forms of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) have been found to exhibit many biological functions in the skin such as prevention of transepidermal water loss, maintenance of the stratum corneum epidermal barrier, and disruption of melanogenesis in epidermal melanocytes. In this study, we examined the effect of chia seed extract, high in ω3 (linolenic acid) and ω6 (linoleic acid) PUFAs, for its capacity to affect melanogenesis. Chia seed extract was shown to inhibit melanin biosynthesis in Melan-a cells; however, linoleic and α-linolenic acids alone did not effectively reduce melanin content. Further investigation demonstrated that chia seed extract in combination with pomegranate fruit extract had a synergistic effect on the inhibition of melanin biosynthesis with no corresponding effect on tyrosinase activity. Investigation of the possible mechanism of action revealed that chia seed extract downregulated expression of melanogenesis-related genes (Tyr, Tyrp1, and Mc1r), alone and in combination with pomegranate fruit extract, suggesting that the inhibition of melanin biosynthesis by a novel combination of chia seed and pomegranate fruit extracts is possibly due to the downregulation of gene expression of key melanogenic enzymes. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

A sample digestion technique was developed using a mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acids that when combined form nitrosol chloride (4,5), an oxidative acid mixture commonly known as aqua regia. The zinc oxide samples were weighed into 50-mL digestion tubes containing 10% potassium iodide and 1 N iodine solutions; being careful to avoid sample contact with the sides of the tubes to ensure consistent results. Aqua regia digestion was initiated by first pipetting concentrated hydrochloric acid into the sample solution followed by concentrated nitric acid. The samples were heated for 10 min in a 100°C heat block, and then the digestion tubes were removed and allowed to cool to room temperature. A 30% solution of hydrogen peroxide was slowly added to the cooled sample and the digestion continued for 5 min in a 70°C heat block. The samples were again cooled to room temperature, and the 70°C digestion step was repeated two additional times, adding 2 mL of 30% hydrogen peroxide for the last sample digestion.. The results demonstrate that zinc oxide analysis using an aqua regia digestion method is a more efficient technique and provides equally accurate results compared to the fusion method.

Rebhun J.F.,Amway Corporation | Roloff S.J.,Amway Corporation | Velliquette R.A.,Amway Corporation | Missler S.R.,Amway Corporation
Fitoterapia | Year: 2015

The dried unripe fruit from Evodia rutaecarpa Benth., known as Wu zhu yu in China, has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. In this research, we provide evidence that evodia fruit extract activates peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) and, as identified through HPLC fractionation and mass spectroscopy, the activating phytochemical is evodiamine. Evodiamine was shown to bind to and activate PPARγ. It was also shown to activate PPARγ-regulated gene expression in human hepatoma cells similar to known PPARγ ligands and that the expression was blocked by a PPARγ specific antagonist. © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.

AMWAY Corporation | Date: 2011-04-21

A recurring order management system and method for a computer network is disclosed. The system receives a request to suggest a recurring order for one or more products or services. The system generates a profile which stores the suggested products or services, the suggested recurrence for those products or services and the suggested quantities to deliver upon each recurrence. The order then automatically recurs one or more times according to the specified recurrence.

The present invention is directed to a system and method for providing complete electronic commerce (E-Commerce) transactions and solutions for a marketing companys products via the World Wide Web, including facilities for signing up new customers and recruiting, training and supporting new Independent Business Owners through an interactive online process. In another aspect, the present invention relates to the combination of a marketing business with a membership buying opportunity using both electronic commerce and face-to-face transactions. The present invention is also directed to a system and method for combining a marketing business with a membership buying opportunity, so that Independent Business Owners participating in the marketing plan can introduce customers to a membership buying opportunity and earn bonuses or commissions based on the purchases by those members, while Members in the buying opportunity can consume products or, at their option, qualify to become Independent Business Owners.

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - November 23, 2016) - Family has always been extremely important to Serge Ibaka. His parents inspired him to start playing basketball at a young age. His father played professionally in Africa and on the Republic of Congo national team. His mother played on the Democratic Republic of Congo national team. He also is the third youngest of 18 children. Ibaka's admiration for his parents shows on the court. Ibaka wore jersey No. 9 -- his dad's playing number -- in Oklahoma City and wears jersey No. 7 -- his mom's number -- in Orlando. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, Ibaka, along with Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw and volunteers from the Amway Corporation, spread family pride and togetherness in the Central Florida community. They helped distribute 450 Thanksgiving meals to underserved families at the Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center. "Always feels good to give back," Ibaka said. "Giving back is not about old place or new place. It is about something you love to do." "(Family) is important to me because I come from a big family," he added. "Everywhere I go I have a lot of friends and family." The donated meals were made possible thanks to the generosity of the Serge Ibaka Foundation, Amway and the Magic. Goya Foods also donated items for each of the families bags. Now, many more local families can appreciate the importance of Thanksgiving and enjoy what many others take for granted each year. "This is something we look forward to every year," Amway Corp. Community Representative Kelly Norton said. "It's our chance to come into Central Florida, which is certainly a second home for us, and give back and be a part of it and make sure these families have a wonderful Thanksgiving." "It's very fulfilling to see these folks come in through the lines and they couldn't be happier," she added. "Their bags are full, their hearts are happy and then to walk up and see Serge Ibaka standing here handing out turkeys it really just finishes it off for them. It doesn't get any better than that." Ibaka has been recognized for his community contributions in the past by the NBA. He received the NBA Community Assist Award in April 2014. He also pledged $315,000 to the "UNICEF Get Boys and Girls in the Game" project to help develop a pair of orphanages in his hometown of Brazzaville, Congo. Tuesday's event was just an appetizer to what will be happening on Thanksgiving Day. Magic CEO Alex Martins, players and other team volunteers will spend Thursday morning at the Coalition for the Homeless thanks to the generosity of Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel. They will help serve a holiday breakfast for the 24th year. The Magic were recently awarded with three Orlando Business Journal 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Awards in the medium company category for volunteer hours, charitable contributions and in-kind giving. They also raised more than $300,000 for Central Florida youth during last week's annual Orlando Magic Youth Foundation golf tournament. This was the most money raised in the event's 26-year history. "Giving back and helping our community is one of our core values," Martins said during the golf event. "Our mission is to be world champions on and off the court and today was spectacular." *Please credit all photos to Gary Bassing, Orlando Magic Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2016/11/23/11G123126/Images/Serge_shaking_hands_GB05780-d9bcc3ab6dcc861ba51b4f6df288478e.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2016/11/23/11G123126/Images/turkeys_and_sign_GB05676-734f37e522cda0ba847a63c748bfc15f.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2016/11/23/11G123126/Images/Serge_smiling_GB05690-5736b95ac0429bab9f24234500292e73.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2016/11/23/11G123126/Images/Serge_putting_turkey_in_bag_GB05724-a9002dc22594bfa2b74a767e09ea8e85.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2016/11/23/11G123126/Images/Serge_handing_out_bag_GB05689-f757a041dded9277b49245d05e67066f.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2016/11/23/11G123126/Images/Magic_staff_filling_bags_GB05784-ba3a578fca10ab1e9cdb86f38a392a47.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2016/11/23/11G123126/Images/Goya_Foods_Magic_Thanksgiving_GB05674-c8345c4218379577b608c0a7d2a76ea7.jpg

Personal care and cosmetics are mixtures of chemical compounds or organic ingredients, used to enhance the overall appearance or are used for personal hygiene. Organic personal care and cosmetic products mainly comprise plant ingredients and do not contain chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, aluminum salts and petrochemicals, which are potentially harmful to an individuals health. Increasing beauty consciousness and health awareness are prime factors boosting the market growth. Moreover, operating players in the market have been putting numerous efforts into launching several products in the market, thereby supplementing the market growth. Stringent government regulations especially in developed countries have enforced the companies operating in personal care and cosmetics market to introduce organic products over chemical products. As a result, operating companies have developed organic personal care and cosmetics products, thereby increasing overall consumption of organic personal care and cosmetics in the recent past. Increasing consciousness about personal appearance and overall health awareness contribute to the growth of organic personal care and cosmetics industry. Moreover, increasing disposable income coupled with improved standards of living drive the adoption of personal care and organic cosmetics products. However, brief shelf life of organic personal care and cosmetics and availability of advanced beauty treatments are restricting the growth of the market. Government support and regulation would offer several growth opportunities to the operating players operating in the market. Organic personal care and cosmetics products market is segmented on the basis of product type, distribution channel and geography. The product type segment is further classified as skin care, hair care, oral care, makeup cosmetics and others (deodorants, feminine hygiene products and hand hygiene). Among all types, the skin care segment dominated the market in 2015. Retail sales and online sales are two broad classifications based on distribution channel. Retail channel was the highest revenue-generating segment in 2015 and is expected to maintain its position during the forecast period. However, online channel would grow rapidly during the forecast period. Based on geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and LAMEA. The prominent players analyzed in this report include L'Occitane en Provence, LOral International, Arbonne International, LLC, Burt's Bee, Este Lauder Companies Inc., Amway Corporation, Oriflame Cosmetics S.A., Yves Rocher, Weleda, and Aubrey Organics. Chapter: 7 COMPANY PROFILES      7.1 L'Occitane en Provence (L'Occitane Group)        7.1.1 Company overview        7.1.2 Company snapshot        7.1.3 Business performance        7.1.4 Strategic moves and developments        7.1.5 SWOT analysis of L'Occitane en Provence      7.2 LOreal International        7.2.1 Company overview        7.2.2 Company snapshot        7.2.3 Business performance        7.2.4 Strategic moves and developments        7.2.5 SWOT analysis of LOreal International      7.3 Arbonne International, LLC        7.3.1 Company overview        7.3.2 Company snapshot        7.3.3 Strategic moves and developments        7.3.4 SWOT analysis of Arbonne International, LLC      7.4 Burt's Bees        7.4.1 Company overview        7.4.2 Company snapshot        7.4.3 Business performance        7.4.4 Strategic moves and developments        7.4.5 SWOT analysis of Burt's Bees      7.5 Estee Lauder Companies Inc.        7.5.1 Company overview        7.5.2 Company snapshot        7.5.3 Business performance        7.5.4 Strategic moves and developments        7.5.5 SWOT analysis of Estee Lauder Companies Inc.      7.6 Amway Corporation        7.6.1 Company overview        7.6.2 Company snapshot        7.6.3 Business performance        7.6.4 Strategic moves and developments        7.6.5 SWOT analysis of Amway Corporation      7.7 Oriflame Cosmetics S.A.        7.7.1 Company overview        7.7.2 Company snapshot        7.7.3 Business performance        7.7.4 Strategic moves and developments        7.7.5 SWOT analysis of Oriflame Cosmetics S.A.      7.8 Yves Rocher        7.8.1 Company overview        7.8.2 Company snapshot        7.8.3 Strategic moves and developments        7.8.4 SWOT analysis of Yves Rocher      7.9 Weleda        7.9.1 Company overview        7.9.2 Company snapshot        7.9.3 Business performance        7.9.4 Strategic moves and developments        7.9.5 SWOT analysis of Weleda      7.10 Aubrey Organics        7.10.1 Company overview        7.10.2 Company snapshot        7.10.3 SWOT analysis of Aubrey Organics

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