The Science Team Behind VANA
With a shared passion for holistic wellness, our scientists contribute their expertise to ensure VANA’s formulations excel in scientific excellence.
Professor Mire Zloh is an internationally acclaimed scientist with over 35 years of experience in pharmaceutical research. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of London and has published over 135 peer-reviewed articles (h-index 33). With expertise in physical chemistry, computer-aided drug discovery, and formulation design, his research focuses on natural product identification, mechanisms of action elucidation, and novel drug candidate optimization. As an Innovation Advisor at the University of Novi Sad and the University Business Academy, as well as the MSc Programme Director at the University College London School of Pharmacy, Professor Zloh has contributed significantly to pharmaceutical education and research.
With a PhD in machine learning from the University of Edinburgh, Dr. Felix Agakov brings 20 years of extensive experience in digital health and precision medicine. Recognized for using smart technology to manage health conditions and pioneering advanced MedTech solutions, his expertise extends to the development of multi-task methods. Dr. Agakov has earned accolades, including the "Best Paper" and "10-Year Test-of-Time" awards in applied machine learning. Devoted to AI in healthcare, he led numerous projects and international research initiatives. His extensive collaborations span major pharmaceutical companies and digital health promoters across the UK, EU, and North America.
Dr. Juan Sopena is a leading aesthetic dermatologist specializing in non-invasive procedures. His training extends across top institutions worldwide, including postdoctoral studies at the University of Valencia, specialization in medical and surgical dermatology at Complutense University of Madrid, and multiple fellowships at the Second University of Naples, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sopena served as the Medical Director and Chief of Dermatology at the Aesthetic and Dermatologic Institute of Madrid. He shares his expertise globally, addressing conferences, and providing training to 10,000+ professionals.
Dr. Nebojsa Menkovic is a full professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade. His expertise covers wild medicinal plants, polyphenols, grapes and wine chemistry, and the development of plant-based medicine. Trained at the VILR Institute, Moscow, Russia, he worked at the Institute for Medicinal Plants Research in Serbia, where he also served as director. Dr. Menkovic has led numerous national and international scientific projects. His impactful research at the Institute has resulted in new herbal products, and he has published over 150 scientific papers.
Audrey Vero is a seasoned dietitian expert who specializes in scientific preventative nutrition, mindful eating, and the medicinal aspects of food. With a Master's degree in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services from Rutgers University, Audrey actively contributed as a Student Dietetic Association Board Member. Audrey organized local and virtual educational events, webinars, and represented the Rutgers MS program at the FNCE 2020 dietetic fair hosted by the Greater New York Dietetic Association. She extended her studies at the University of New England in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services. Audrey is a licensed dietitian in Florida and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.