Lakeview Equity Partners LLC, Milwaukee, WI acquired probiotics specialist UAS Laboratories Inc., of Edina, MN. Kevin Mehring will serve as the new president of UAS Labs and Greg Leyer, Ph.D., will be the chief scientific officer. UAS Founder Dr. S.K. Dash will stay on as the firm’s chairman, founder and director of new business development.

Hauppauge, NY-based Bio-Botanica Inc., appointed Steve Marada (founder of Genceutic Naturals) as vice president, brand manager of the Retail Group. Bio-Botanica recently acquired Genceutic Naturals as part of its retail group that includes Natures Answer and Vitamin Power.

Essential Formulas Inc. (North American distributer of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic formulations) of Farmers Branch, TX promoted Amy Alvitre to assistant director of key accounts.

NattoPharma of Oslo, Norway appointed Eric Anderson as senior vice president global sales and marketing.

Stephen Strassler, president of Reviva Skin Care Labs, is featured in a new book about entrepreneurs who built a successful business from humble beginnings. The book is entitled Choices and is available from its publisher Cathi Watson.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, June 2013