DCB, was formed in January 2009 as Limited Liability Company by John H. Gallagher, Jr., the inventor of Clean Bite™, and has been Angel funded since its inception. With the help of the initial investors and the funds they provided, a solid business plan was developed and a team of doctoral disciplines in chemistry, dentistry, law, and pharmacology followed. Additionally, the design of manufacturing equipment has been advanced using CAD (computer assisted design), as well as plant operations and processes in bulk manufacturing providing scale.
Lead by John Gallagher, the management team is almost totally comprised of active investors offering pro bono or discounted services. Decision-making is collaborative and based on consensus. Gallagher has brought about a membership comprised of Five retired “C” executives of ARAMARK Corporation, Five Doctoral Degree Members, Ph.D. (organic chemistry), D.D.S., D.M.D., Pharm. D., One JD, LL.M, plus One RADM, USN (RET), One CMDR, USN (RET), One CPA and One MA in Industrial Arts.
John H. Gallagher, Jr. is Managing Member and founder of DCB. As the inventor, he has developed the Clean Bite™ from concept to reality and built the development team. Previously, he was SVP of AmeraCash Solutions, Inc., where he oversaw the recruitment of 400 independent merchants to establish Philadelphia’s largest POS network of utility payment locations. Prior to that he founded and was President of both American Recreational Builders, Inc. which constructed athletic facilities from 1973 to 1979 and was renamed Gallagher and Associates, Inc. when merging with Gallagher and Associates (Palm Springs, CA) transitioning to a unionized construction company specializing in the restoration of concrete and steel and the application of protective coatings. Primary clientele was the U.S. government (military, federal and state agencies) and industrial plants with projects ranging from U.S. Naval ships to bridge and highway infrastructure.
Roman Bielski, Ph.D. is a co-inventor, Director and Chemist with expertise in the total synthesis of carbohydrates and pheromones, formation of micro and nanocapsules for the controlled delivery, synthesis of polymers and radio-labeled compounds, ultra-sensitive detection and measurements in biological fluids, food and petroleum products. Dr. Bielski co-founded several small companies (Petramec, Petrotraces, Attochrom/Biotraces). At present, he is a Senior Scientist in Value Recovery, Inc., one of four partners in Cheminnolab, LLC., Adjunct Professor at the Pharmaceutical Department of the Wilkes University and has been elected a Secretary of the Chemical Consultants Network. Dr. Bielski developed a novel technology enabling the recovery of various waste components (using phase transfer catalysis), a method that economically destroys methyl bromide from fumigations and a novel material formulation for a disposable oral hygiene product based on cross-linked gelatin. Dr. Bielski holds a Masters degree in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry (with O. Achmatowicz of the Achmatowicz reaction). He was a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College in London with the Nobel laureate Sir Derek Barton. He worked in academia at Warsaw Agricultural University, Cornell University, and Lehigh University.
D. Craig Callaghan, Esquire is DCB’s In-house General Council and a Director. Prior to joining DCB Craig practiced law for more than 25 years as a litigator at top tier firms in Philadelphia. He has represented clients in business counseling, complex litigation and alternate dispute resolution. Craig is experienced in handling internal investigations, risk management, labor and employment, trade secrets and mass torts. He has also served as an arbitrator in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Compulsory Arbitration Program and as a trained certified mediator. His clients included, among others, major pharmaceutical companies and a top five accounting firm. Craig is an honors graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law where he graduated top of his class. He has been certified as a trained mediator by the Lancaster Mediation Center. Craig also attended the University of Houston where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in English literature. Before attending law school, Craig taught remedial reading to 7th and 8th grade inner city students in the Houston Independent School District. Following law school, Craig taught at Villanova University School of Law as a legal writing instructor. Bar Admissions: Texas (Inactive), Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Brian J. Gail has a 35 year track record of successful marketing experience. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of GailForce Communications, a 32 person strategic marketing firm whose clients included ARAMARK, SAP, SEI, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Bearing Point, Exelon and Comcast. Prior to GailForce, Brian was Chief Marketing Officer for ARAMARK, where he rebranded and restaged the $10 billion global corporation, helping triple the annual rate of top line growth and quadruple the annual rate of EBITDA. During his five-year tenure, ARAMARK moved from Fortune #223 most admired to #10 in 3 years and appearing on the covers of Business Week, Fortune, and Forbes during the same calendar year. Before joining ARAMARK, Mr. Gail was CEO of FCB Philadelphia, a 200+ person firm, where he was responsible for putting James Earle Jones on air for Bell Atlantic. Earlier in his career, he held SVP positions with IMS International and Ted Bates Advertising. He started his career as a Writer/Producer for Ayer New York. Mr. Gail’s professional awards include American Marketing Association (AMA) “Gold Effie” (2), Advertising Club of New York “Addies” (3), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) “Silver Anvil“ (1), American Marketing Association Executive Lecturer; Fortune Forum Executive Lecturer. He has served on the board of directors for the following nonprofits: World Affairs Council, National Adoption Center, William Booth Society, LaSalle University and Philadelphia Archdiocese. Mr. Gail earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Business Administration from LaSalle University. Mr. Gail is also a prolific writer, acclaimed speaker, and noted author.
John P. Kallelis is President of Kallelis Management LLC that provides consulting services to businesses in Strategic, Business and Information Technology Planning. Prior to establishing Kallelis Management LLC in 1999, Mr. Kallelis served as Vice President of Information Technology and Corporate Officer for 16 years at ARAMARK Corporation, a privately held Philadelphia based managed services company with over $13 billion in revenues. In his 25 years with ARAMARK Mr. Kallelis also served as Director of Systems and Vice President of Distribution for an ARAMARK business unit. Since retirement Mr. Kallelis has remained active serving on boards and working for non-profit organizations as a pro bono consultant in addition to doing volunteer tax work for seniors and low income clients and providing budget counseling for the St Vincent DePaul Society clients. Mr. Kallelis holds a BS degree in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Gregory A. Ross is currently Managing Member of Whoosh, LLC & Familyross, LLC. He is a former executive with ARAMARK Corporation, a world leader in providing professional services and one of FORTUNE magazine’s “Most Admired Companies.” While at ARAMARK, he held positions including Vice President of Corporate Planning & Development and President of Children’s World Learning Centers. Mr. Ross’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
James W. Summers retired from ARAMARK Corporation in May 2002 where he was the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for Food and Support Services (FSS) Group. At that time FSS Group was a $7 billion international business. In prior positions, Mr. Summers served as the Corporate Vice President, Audit and Control responsible for ARAMARK’s worldwide audit function and as well Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Health and Education Services Group (HES). He started his career with ARAMARK as the Vice President – Finance for the Transportation Group. Since retiring in 2002, Mr. Summers has consulted periodically with several of the International Presidents at ARAMARK Corporation. Presently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Solar Roofing Systems, a startup company developing new solar energy roofing materials. He serves as a Senior Advisor to GeoStrategy Consulting, a boutique management-consulting firm and is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Susquehanna University where he serves as Chairman of the Campaign Taskforce and is a member of numerous committees. Mr. Summers holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Susquehanna University and is CPA exam certified in the state of Pennsylvania.
Alan Griffith is a financial executive with over 30 years of experience. Significant areas of accomplishment include corporate development, including acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings, planning and analysis and SEC reporting. He joined Aramark Corporation in 1983. Since April 2007, he has served in a part-time role as Senior Advisor to the CFO for ARAMARK Corporation. From 2002 to 2007, he was Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration for Aramark’s Food and Support Service Group, a $9 billion international business. Prior he served as the EVP Finance for Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment Division, a $1 billion business and served as the Vice President, Controller for all of Aramark. Prior to joining ARAMARK, he spent five years with IU International in Philadelphia working in the controller and treasury functions. He also worked for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, public accountants. He serves as a director for Presby’s Inspired Life, a provider of housing and services for senior citizens and the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation. Mr. Griffith earned his undergraduate degree in accounting at the University of Scranton, where he currently serves on the executive committee for the Pride, Passion, Promise capital campaign, and his M.B.A. in finance at Temple University.
Thomas Holder is the CEO of Thomas Holder Inc. a design firm he originally created in 1987. His CAD design expertise includes SolidWorks, the most popular 3D solid modeling software. Mr. Holder holds a BS from California State College (now California University of Pennsylvania) in Industrial Arts Education and a Master’s in Industrial Arts from Millersville University.
Duane Morris, LLP – Outside Legal Counsel from the Philadelphia office represents DCB in matters related to patent filings and contract agreements.
Kodak & Eastman Gelatine – DCB had secured a commitment from one of the leading manufacturers of gelatin for $100,000 of internal costs to assist with further research and development in material processing and issues of material compatibilities in the secondary market as a delivery system. Since our initial Agreement established in November 2009, Kodak has experienced a significant down turn, which caused it to sell Eastman Gelatine Corporation prior to filing for protection under Chapter 11 on January 19, 2012. Kodak’s sale of this subsidiary has nullified our Strategic Partnership. Presently there are no plans to establish a strategic relationship with another material manufacturer.
DR Products, LLC – Developed Xyliclean, and Spiffies “I Can Brush,” liqui-gel dentifrices into the retail sector, targeting special care populations, (sweet flavor, fun to use, safe to swallow, with no foam or grit, like most toothpastes). The liqui-gel can be used as a highly palatable, non-foaming tooth brushing solution or as a mouth rinse which can be swished in the mouth and then safely swallowed, a unique advantage for young children or people in special circumstances or with special needs who are unable to spit out conventional toothpaste or mouthwash.
Numerous clinical studies of xylitol chewing gums have validated the xylitol effect. These randomized trials including both school age children and adults have consistently shown that xylitol reduces the risk of dental caries, the infection that results in cavities, and tooth decay. Xylitol, a 5-carbon natural sugar-like substance works as a “prebiotic” to alter bacterial metabolism. Bacteria in the mouth normally live off of the common 6-carbon sugars glucose, fructose, and lactose. When they ingest xylitol, their rapid growth is inhibited and they cannot form the cariogenic enamel dissolving acids and dental plaque on the tooth surfaces. This in turn results in a decrease in tooth decay over time.
Recently, researchers at the University of Washington have published results of a randomized controlled trial using experimental xylitol syrup similar to DR PRODUCTS dentifrices. In this study, the researchers were able to show a 50% reduction in cavities at age 2 years when infants aged 9-15 months were given xylitol syrup twice a day for 6 months as compared to controls. Xylitol as a “food additive” has been approved for human use for all age groups by the FDA and allows for a product claim, “may help reduce the risk of tooth decay.”
Creighton University School of Dentistry – In November 2010, DCB approached Mark A. Latta D.M.D., M.S. Dean of Creighton University School of Dentistry, Omaha, Nebraska to determine the plausibility of joining DCB in submitting a grant application to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in an effort to determine the prototypes efficacy among other measurements. Roman Bielski, Ph.D. and John Gallagher, representing DCB met with Dr. Latta, which offered him the opportunity to use the appliance first hand and participate in a Q and A session that ranged from product design to material formulation. In due course, Dr. Latta conferred with colleagues and agreed to participate with Creighton University designated as an independent party acting, if successful, on a contracted basis. (N.B.: Creighton University named Dr. Mark A. Latta Dean of the School of Dentistry, effective July 1, 2011).
University of Maryland School of Dentistry – Due to the possibility of the study taking up to one year, Dr. Latta solicited the assistance of Dr. Douglas M. Barnes, D.D.S., Professor and Director, Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of Maryland Dental School. Dr. Barnes, after learning of the nature and uniqueness of Clean Bite™, agreed to participate on the same basis in the grant process as CUSD and to act as a second site for the combined testing and evaluation to accommodate a large cohort of participants in a short time period.