Mia Zapata

Scientific Affairs and Nutrition Expert


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Highly motivated and results-oriented registered dietitian, offering extensive experience in scientific communication and product development in the health and nutrition industries. Adept in scientific communications, team leadership and nutrition expertise. Armed with excellent business acumen, knowledge of the regulatory process and ability to perform in a fast-paced and demanding work environments. Known for outstanding digital skills and interpersonal abilities, capable of maintaining solid relationships with internal and external key players. Multilingual; fluency in English, French, and Spanish.

Work experience

Dec 2020 - Present

The Livekindly Collective

Global Head of Nutrition and Regulatory

· Lead regulatory compliance for a portfolio of meat alternatives in the US, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. · Responsible for nutrition-related consumer communication and product certifications such as Non-GMO Project Verified, Plant-based, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Kosher and Halal. Notable Contributions: · Developed and implemented a label review and approval process reducing the cost of label development and increasing label compliance across 5 global brands. · Established nutrition guidelines for product development which improved the nutrition profile (sodium reduction, protein quality, fiber, clean label) of innovations and reformulations. · Lead the implementation of a product life-cycle management software which enabled the integration and standardization of product development (formulation, ingredient management, labeling, artwork development and review, product specifications, project management).


Aug 2016 - Nov 2020

Danone North America

Scientific Affairs Senior Manager

− Develop Competitive Nutrition Assets: Support innovation and lead scientific communication to consumers and healthcare professionals. Provide scientific expertise to public affairs, marketing, sales, and legal teams. − Establish Strategic Partnerships: Responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with medical and industry associations, key opinion leaders as well as creating and managing expert advisory boards. Notable Contributions: ✓ Qualified ingredients and translated scientific evidence into relevant nutrition claims to support over 15 in-novations in key categories such as plant-based nutrition, sports nutrition, pediatric nutrition, and organic dairy. ✓ Partnered with R&D to develop an organic milk formulation for young children, resulting in the over-achievement of sales objectives within the first year of launch. ✓ Collaborated with Global Scientific Affairs to develop Danone’s first organic infant formula in North America and coordinated a growth monitoring study for the FDA infant formula notification. ✓ Created and managed expert advisory boards to support Danone’s sports nutrition, pediatric, organic, and plant-based categories contributing to credible and impactful communications, as well as insightful innovations. ✓ Organized nutrition education symposia at the American Academy of Pediatrics Congress, American Society of Nutrition Conference, and Today’s Dietitians Symposium supporting Danone’s key categories. ✓ Presented at the American Society of Nutrition Conference on the use of pulses in sports nutrition and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference on the importance of adequate calcium intake. ✓ Provided scientific leadership and advice to brand communications teams to support the #1 pediatrician recommended organic milk claim, including social media campaigns and influencer events. ✓ Co-designed clinical trials with suppliers to support nutrition claims.

Nov 2014 - Aug 2016

Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition

Healthcare Nutrition Channel Leader

− Lead Scientific Affairs Strategy: Lead communication strategy to healthcare professionals for the market entry of the Early Life Nutrition business in the US. − Strengthen Business Credibility: Support the marketing team in building and managing nutrition communication and claims aimed at consumers. Notable Contributions: ✓ Created and implemented a communication plan for gynecologists and pediatricians, which contributed to the recommendation of a nutrition program by 70% of the healthcare professionals approached. ✓ Led the development of nutrition education content for an online counseling program, which was critical to the business strategy. ✓ Provided nutrition guidance for product portfolio optimization and scientific substantiation for nutrition claims on labels and collateral.


Feb 2013 - Nov 2014

Nestlé Health Science

Healthcare Marketing Manager

− Manage Core Business Process: Develop and execute marketing plans, manage P&L, budget, and product life-cycle of the Critical Care and Surgery business. − Deliver Scientific Communications: Organize and analyze data to derive key outcomes and messages for diverse audiences, conduct sales nutrition training, and create education programs for healthcare professionals. Notable Contributions: ✓ Collaborated with professional organizations and key opinion leaders to include criticalproducts in the presurgical protocols of target hospitals. ✓ Developed in collaboration with key opinion leaders, an education program for surgical healthcare professionals that drove growth for a previously stagnant brand. ✓ Drove key efforts toward the improvement of online tools to demonstrate the brands’ clinical evidence, later adapted by the Global team and deployed to other countries such as Brazil and Italy.


Sep 2009 - Jan 2013

Nestlé Health Science

Healthcare Marketing Manager

− Manage Product Portfolio: Plan and implement marketing plans, coordinate product launches, and manage the budget for the Pediatrics, Gastrointestinal, Critical Care, and Surgery product categories. − Leverage Scientific Stakeholders: Incorporate input from key opinion leaders and align with global scientific affairs to build the scientific rationale for product launches and communication strategy. Notable Contributions: ✓ Leveraged the insights of the pediatric advisory board to launch a nutrition formula designed to help patients with Crohn's disease. ✓ Led the launch of the first pre-surgical oral immune-nutrition formula in Canada, including scientific communication and education. ✓ Partnered with a key opinion leader to develop an education program to improve nutrition in critical care patients and earned Nestle’s 2012 Annual Marketing Award

Dec 2006 - Sep 2009

Nestle Nutrition Canada

Territory Manager

-Healthcare Sales: Lead sales activities of Nestle nutrition products across all channels including home care, long-term care, and acute care. -Customer Service: Organized and managed the Home Enteral Feeding program through patient education and management of 400 enteral feeding pumps throughout Quebec. -Negotiation: Handled the negotiation of contracts for the supply of infant formula between the company and main hospitals within the assigned territory. Notable Contribution: ✓ Established brand awareness of infant formula and contributed to significant market share increase through effective interaction with pediatricians and arrangement of various educational events.

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