Fortitech Inc., the world leader in the development of custom nutrient premixes, announces the appointment of Rene Engelhardt as Senior Technical Services Specialist. Engelhardt will be responsible for formulating nutrient systems containing vitamins, minerals, amino acids and neutraceutical ingredients for food, beverage and pharmaceutical products and providing technical and trouble-shooting support to Fortitech's numerous customers throughout the world.  He is based out of the company's Schenectady, NY headquarters.

"We are thrilled to welcome Rene to Fortitech," said Panna Chaudhari, vice president of Scientific Affairs for Fortitech, Inc.  "His extensive experience in product formulation and premix development  will deepen our resource base, enhance our technical expertise and elevate our efforts to better serve our customers.  He is a very talented individual and we look forward to his contributions as we continue to grow."

With more than 20 years of technical experience, Engelhardt most recently served as Senior Technical Scientist with Abbott Nutrition, where he was responsible for the development of new flavor SKU's and premix development for the India Nutrition Project, among many other duties. His extensive experience also includes research and development surrounding infant and adult nutritional product premix formulation and qualifying ingredients for use in premix formulation under country-specific directives.  He is the recipient of multiple awards and has authored numerous technical papers on a variety of topics related to nutrition.

Engelhardt received his B.S. in Food Technology from Iowa State University and his M.S. in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Florida