Thomas Whitfield (entrepreneur)

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Thomas Whitfield
Born30 November 1981 (1981-11-30) (age 37)
Kirkcaldy, Scotland [1]
Alma mater Christ Church, University of Oxford (DPhil (PhD))
Occupation biochemist, entrepreneur

Thomas Whitfield (born 30 November 1981) is a British/German biochemist and entrepreneur. He is known for the dietary supplement TRX2 and his work on DesignTheTime.com. [1] [2]

Dietary supplement product that provides additional source of nutrients

A dietary supplement is a manufactured product intended to supplement the diet when taken by mouth as a pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid. A supplement can provide nutrients either extracted from food sources or synthetic, individually or in combination, in order to increase the quantity of their consumption. The class of nutrient compounds includes vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids and amino acids. Dietary supplements can also contain substances that have not been confirmed as being essential to life, but are marketed as having a beneficial biological effect, such as plant pigments or polyphenols. Animals can also be a source of supplement ingredients, as for example collagen from chickens or fish. These are also sold individually and in combination, and may be combined with nutrient ingredients. In the United States and Canada, dietary supplements are considered a subset of foods, and are regulated accordingly. The European Commission has also established harmonized rules to help insure that food supplements are safe and properly labeled.

TRX2 is a dietary supplement marketed for individuals with hair loss. It is manufactured and sold by Oxford BioLabs in the United Kingdom, marketed in 2011.

Contents

Biography

Thomas Whitfield was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. [1] [2] He spent his childhood and early schooling in Germany as his mother is German. [1] He holds a DPhil (PhD) in Biochemistry from Christ Church, University of Oxford. [3] [4] Being an Idea Idol of University of Oxford, [4] he was selected as one of the 2009 Flying Start Global Entrepreneurs by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) of Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), UK. [4] In 2009 he was selected as a Kauffman Foundation Global Scholar. [5]

Biochemistry study of chemical processes in living organisms

Biochemistry, sometimes called biological chemistry, is the study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms. Biochemical processes give rise to the complexity of life.

Christ Church, Oxford Constituent college of the University of Oxford in England

Christ Church is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. Christ Church is a joint foundation of the college and the cathedral of the Oxford diocese, which serves as the college chapel and whose dean is ex officio the college head.

University of Oxford university in Oxford, United Kingdom

The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university in Oxford, England. There is evidence of teaching as early as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's second-oldest university in continuous operation after the University of Bologna. It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled north-east to Cambridge where they established what became the University of Cambridge. The two 'ancient universities' are frequently jointly called 'Oxbridge'. The history and influence of the University of Oxford has made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Business Ventures

Designthetime.com (Miomi.com)

He was a co-founder and director [6] of DesignTheTime.com [7] " [8] ) [9] (later called Miomi.com) which plots user-generated personal histories. [6] [10] [11] [11] [4] [7] [9] [12] [13] The website attracted vast media attention throughout Europe and was ranked as one of the Top 10 UK Web 2.0 startups in 2007 [14] with co-operation agreements including Microsoft, [7] [15] [16] [17] Wikipedia (Wikimedia Foundation), [4] [11] [17] Brockhaus [13] and the British Library. [4] Despite its popularity the website went offline in 2008 for unknown reasons.

Microsoft U.S.-headquartered technology company

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer and Edge Web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox video game consoles and the Microsoft Surface lineup of touchscreen personal computers. As of 2016, it is the world's largest software maker by revenue, and one of the world's most valuable companies. The word "Microsoft" is a portmanteau of "microcomputer" and "software". Microsoft is ranked No. 30 in the 2018 Fortune 500 rankings of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.

Wikimedia Foundation American non-profit charitable organization

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is an American non-profit and charitable organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. It is mostly known for participating in the Wikimedia movement. It owns the internet domain names of most movement projects and hosts sites like Wikipedia. The foundation was founded in 2003 by Jimmy Wales as a way to fund Wikipedia and its sibling projects through non-profit means.

<i>Brockhaus Enzyklopädie</i> German-language encyclopedia

The Brockhaus Enzyklopädie is a German-language encyclopedia which until 2009 was published by the F. A. Brockhaus printing house.

Oxfords Biolabs and TRX2

In 2009 Whitfield founded the company Oxford Biolabs. [1] In 2011 its first product TRX2 (trichos=hair in ancient Greek; 2=second generation), [1] a dietary supplement became publicly available. [2]

Work of Whitfield has been featured in The Daily Telegraph [1] [2] [18] several times, as well as in The Observer, [19] CNN, [8] New Scientist, [20] Der Spiegel, [21] RTL [22] and Tagesschau [23] In 2007 he has been featured during the Google Zeitgeist Entrepreneur of the Year conference. [24]

<i>The Daily Telegraph</i> British daily broadsheet newspaper

The Daily Telegraph, known online as The Telegraph, is a national British daily broadsheet newspaper published in London by Telegraph Media Group and distributed across the United Kingdom and internationally. It was founded by Arthur B. Sleigh in 1855 as Daily Telegraph & Courier.

<i>The Observer</i> Weekly British newspaper

The Observer is a British newspaper published on Sundays. In the same place on the political spectrum as its sister papers The Guardian and The Guardian Weekly, whose parent company Guardian Media Group Limited acquired it in 1993, it takes a social liberal or social democratic line on most issues. First published in 1791, it is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper.

CNN American news channel

CNN is an American news-based pay television channel owned by AT&T's WarnerMedia. CNN was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner as a 24-hour cable news channel. Upon its launch, CNN was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage, and was the first all-news television channel in the United States.

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