Dr. Barrie Tan earned his bachelor degree in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He later became a professor of Chemistry and Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Dr. Tan was the first to introduce the benefits of tocotrienols to the nutraceutical industry after he discovered all three sources of tocotrienols (palm, rice, and annatto). In 1998, he founded American River Nutrition, Inc. and developed the first ever tocopherol-free tocotrienol product derived from annatto beans. His research expertise include lipid-soluble materials such as tocotrienols, tocopherols, omega 3s, CoQ10, carotenoids, and cholesterol.
Today, Dr. Tan continues to be the world’s leading expert in tocotrienols. The focus of research is phytonutrients that have an impact on chronic and degenerative diseases. He has published numerous articles. Dr. Tan was recently elected to be the Senior Editor of the second edition of the book Tocotrienols: Vitamin E Beyond Tocopherols. Dr. Tan also serves on Kyani’s Scientific Advisory Board.