Calroy is led by an executive team with decades of combined experience in health, nutrition, management and marketing.
Chen Chen, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Chen Chen is a widely respected scientist and entrepreneur. He has conducted pioneering research in the field of food and nutrition for over 30 years, and was already recognized for his contributions to science in his student years. His master’s thesis was published by the Atherosclerosis Journal, and in a very rare circumstance, he was directly funded as the principal investigator for his PhD research by the American Heart Association.
Dr. Chen’s early work on lipoprotein metabolism and cardiovascular diseases led him to recognize the vital importance of dietary lipids to human health. He also developed an expertise in natural bioactives including dietary antioxidants. He later joined the health industry as an R&D scientist for a pharmaceutical company while serving as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Health and Human Sciences at UNC-Greensboro. For six years, Dr. Chen formulated many popular nutraceuticals, medical foods and OTC products, oversaw several clinical studies, and served on important industry initiatives such as the USP Botanical Task Force.
Besides championing healthy lipids, Dr. Chen has conducted extensive studies on functional carbohydrates and has participated in the R&D of some of the most innovative products on the market, such as Arterosil®. He is currently directing a state-of-art research program on vascular health at Calroy.
As a business leader, Dr. Chen has founded several highly successful companies, including one of America’s largest importers of essential fatty acids and other specialty ingredients for the nutritional supplement industry.
Through collaboration with scientists and innovators around the world, Dr. Chen has made it his mission to develop the best nutritional knowledge and products to help people lead long, happy and productive lives.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
As Calroy’s CEO, Ed Hoyt brings decades of experience as a successful business leader in the nutritional product industry.
He began his career as an aerospace engineer, specializing in pneumatic fin-actuation control systems for missiles such as Sidewinder, Harpoon, Tomahawk & Patriot. At 24 he became the youngest ever senior development engineer for a company with over 10,000 engineers worldwide. Although he excelled in engineering, Mr. Hoyt left the industry to follow his personal mission – “to enrich the quality of life of people worldwide.”
In 1993, Mr. Hoyt co-founded and led a nutraceutical and cosmeceutical company, Infinity 2, which grew to over $150 million in total sales, with operations in 13 countries. His company served over 5,500 health care professionals worldwide. Its many first-in-class nutritional products were used by 26 major league baseball, basketball and football teams including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and the New York Jets.
Mr. Hoyt has been featured in numerous business publications, including Entrepreneurs Illustrated, Opportunity World, Success Magazine, and the Nutrition Business Journal. He has appeared on CNN and was nominated “Arizona Entrepreneur of the Year” by Merrill Lynch.
Derrick DeSilva, JR, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Derrick DeSilva is a practicing internist with a wide range of medical interests. He serves as Senior Attending Staff at the Department of Medicine, Raritan Bay Medical Center(RBMC) in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He also serves on the teaching faculty of the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey.
Dr. DeSilva is a Past President of the American Nutraceutical Association. He has been a recipient of the Alan Mintz Award for Excellence in Clinical Age Management Medicine, and he has received the Best Doctor Award by Castle Connolly for the past 15 consecutive years.
A published author and accomplished speaker, Dr. DeSilva is host of “Ask the Doctor” on WCTC Radio, a medical correspondent for Cablevision (News 12 New Jersey) and host of the TV show “12 to Your Health”.
Director of Marketing
Jon Ward has over 30 years’ business experience in Europe and the United States. He began his career as the principal marketing writer for Pentagram, Britain’s leading design agency. Since emigrating to the United States in 1992, he has assisted in the branding and marketing of companies in numerous industries, including medicine, nutritional supplements, cosmetics, technology, real estate, finance, fashion and personal development.
Mr. Ward holds a master’s degree in English literature from Cambridge University and is the author or co-author of four books in the fields of education, finance and marketing.
With great sadness, Calroy announces the recent passing of Sukey Smith, who led our Physician Liaison department.
During her time with Calroy, Sukey drew on her many years of prior experience in the pharmaceutical and nutritional industries, supporting hundreds of HCPs with her product expertise and lively good humor.
Sukey’s exceptional communications skills were forged in a remarkable history outside of the business world. A music graduate from the University of Southern California, she was a successful songwriter (with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts), and a top-rated photographer (she received a Kodak scholarship to USC). She was also an actor with a lifelong career in advertising and TV, including roles in popular shows such as LA Law, Growing Pains and Knot’s Landing. For relaxation, Sukey trained and showed American Eskimo dogs at Champion level.
Sukey will be dearly missed by her colleagues and HCP customers alike.