Santa Barbara Nutrients is a "Benefit Corporation" headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. We focus on science-backed, safe products using patent-pending technology developed at the University of California Santa Barbara. We are a team of kidney researchers and patients who are bringing to market formulations of safe, natural compounds, specifically designed to support kidney health.

Our Scientific and Medical Advisory Board

Stephen Reeders MD
MVM Partners

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Steve trained as an internist at Oxford, focusing on nephrology. He began to study polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and in 1985 identified the genetic locus of the ADPKD gene called PKD1. From 1988 Steve was on the faculty at Yale where he grew the first PKD genetics group and was fortunate enough to make a very small contribution to starting the PKD careers of several eminent PKD researchers including Steve Somlo, Peter Harris, Greg Germino, Feng Qian, Luis Onucic and Jing Zhou (who is his wife).

Steve co-founded two successful biotech companies and was responsible for early-stage healthcare investments at Saunders, Karp & Megrue in New York City (where he made the initial investment in UpToDate in Medicine and was acting CEO). In 1997 he founded MVM, a healthcare venture capital firm that has launched five funds investing about $1 billion in start-up and development-stage healthcare companies.

Steve is a member of the boards of eZono AG, Providence Medical Technology, Inc., and Vital Connect, Inc. He was previously a director of Ambio, Inc., Beacon Endoscopic Ltd, BioVex Group, Inc., Cara Therapeutics, Inc., Cheetah Medical Inc., Clavis Pharma ASA, Domantis Ltd, Gendaq Ltd, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., New Chemical Entities, Inc., Nova Science Ltd, Pulmagen Therapeutics Ltd., Sangamo Biosciences, Inc., UpToDate, Inc., Xention Ltd, Vascular Pathways, Inc. and Zipline Medical Inc.


Vincente Torres MD PhD
Mayo Clinic

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Professor at the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and Director of the Mayo Clinic Translational Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Center


Michal Mrug MD
University of Alabama

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Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the PKD Foundation


Roman-Ulrich Müller MD
University of Cologne

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Professor for Translational Nephrology and Deputy Director of the Dept. II of Internal Medicine (Nephrology), University Hospital Cologne, Germany