SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PURE Bioscience, Inc. (OTCQB: PURE), creator of the patented non-toxic silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) antimicrobial, today announced that it has named Elisabeth Hagen, M.D., former USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety and currently a leading food safety consultant, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Hagen joins as an independent director, expanding the six-person Board to seven members.
Dr. Hagen’s wide-ranging food safety experience includes service as the USDA’s Chief Medical Officer where one of her primary focuses sought ways to reduce foodborne illness. As USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety she oversaw Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) policies and programs. Today, Dr. Hagen’s consulting work advises a range of companies on food safety strategy, food trends, regulatory issues and crisis management. She serves as Food Safety Advisory Board Member for Chipotle Mexican Grill, Animal Welfare Advisory Board Member for Tyson Foods, and Advisory Board Member, Food Safety, at Yum Brands.
Dr. Hagen said, “I’m truly excited about the prospect of working with PURE and it’s Board to help bring more effective food safety solutions to the forefront. My career has been spent seeking solutions and innovative approaches to protect people from the devastating consequences of foodborne illness and that mission aligns perfectly with PURE’s goal to make food safer with SDC.”
Hank R. Lambert, CEO of PURE added, “Elisabeth’s unique background is the ideal combination of medical science, government and real-world experience about the irreparable harm foodborne illness can cause. She has successfully implemented new initiatives and brought forth new policies to enhance consumer protection. The Board welcomes Elisabeth’s contributions and looks forward to the benefit of her deep insights, broad experience and invaluable public and private sector relationships.”
Dr. Hagen holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a bachelor's degree from Saint Joseph's University. She is specialty trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases.
About PURE Bioscience, Inc.
PURE Bioscience, Inc. is focused on developing and commercializing our proprietary antimicrobial products primarily in the food safety arena -- providing solutions to the health and environmental challenges of pathogen and hygienic control. Our technology platform is based on patented stabilized ionic silver, and our initial products contain silver dihydrogen citrate, or SDC. SDC is a broad-spectrum, non-toxic antimicrobial agent, which offers 24-hour residual protection and formulates well with other compounds. As a platform technology, SDC is distinguished from existing products in the marketplace because of its superior efficacy, reduced toxicity and it mitigates bacterial resistance. PURE is headquartered in El Cajon, California (San Diego metropolitan area). Additional information on PURE is available at www.purebio.com.
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