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Joseph M. Betz, Ph.D., Director, Analytical Methods and Reference Materials Program

Joseph M. Betz, Ph.D., joined ODS in 2002 as the first director of the Analytical Methods and Reference Materials (AMRM) program. As AMRM director, he oversees several large intra- and extra-governmental initiatives with the goal of providing stakeholders with rugged, validated analytical methods and reference materials for measuring natural products in research, industrial, and regulatory settings. Dr. Betz will become the interim director of ODS upon the retirement of ODS’s current director Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., on June 22, 2018.

Prior to joining ODS, Dr. Betz was vice president for scientific and technical affairs at the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). Before serving at AHPA, Dr. Betz worked for many years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) beginning when he joined the Division of Natural Products at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition for his postdoctoral work. Later he accepted a fulltime job as a research chemist at FDA, where he remained for 12 years.

Dr. Betz is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and in the Department of Cell Biology and Biotechnology at his alma mater, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, now called the University of the Sciences (USciences). He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Misher College of Arts and Sciences in the University of the Sciences. He is a member of the American Society of Pharmacognosy and a fellow of AOAC International. He also is chair of the Editorial Board for the Journal of AOAC International, a member of the United States Pharmacopeia’s Expert Committee on Dietary Supplements, and serves on expert scientific advisory committees for the governments of Canada and Hong Kong.

The author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, Dr. Betz is the recipient of the American Botanical Council’s first Norman R. Farnsworth Award for excellence in Botanical Research, the American Herbal Product Association’s Herbal Insight Award for contributions to the Botanical Sciences, AOAC International’s Technical Division on Reference Materials (TDRM) Reference Material Achievement Award, and the American Society of Pharmacognosy’s Varro E. Tyler Prize for outstanding scientific contributions to the broad field of dietary supplements, with special emphasis on botanicals. He was recognized by the NIH Office of the Director with an Honor Award for his contributions to the establishment and development of the ODS Vitamin D Standardization Program.

A native of Philadelphia Dr. Betz earned a B.Sc. degree in Biology at USciences and a M.Sc. in Marine and Environmental Science at C.W. Post/Long Island University. Dr. Betz earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy at USciences.