President & Technical Director
As President and Technical Director of TBAR, Mark Roman works extensively with industry, government and academia in the areas of analytical method development and method validation. He currently is a member of USP’s General Chapters – Chemical Analysis Expert Committee.
Roman spent six years as Director of Research and Development for a phytochemical reference standard company, where he was responsible for development and validation of analytical test methods for the analysis of dietary supplement raw materials and finished products. He was also responsible for writing and issuing SOPs, test methods, and protocols, for presenting seminars and classes relating to the analysis of dietary supplements, and for providing technical customer support.
Prior to that, Roman worked for over five years as Senior Chemist at a contract manufacturer of dietary supplements and pharmaceutical products, where he developed and validated HPLC and GC methods for the analysis of softgel dosage forms of pharmaceuticals (prescription and OTC) and dietary supplements.
Roman’s first position after receiving his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry was as an analytical chemist at Wallace Laboratories. He was responsible for the separation, isolation and identification of unknown impurities in new drug products, and developed HPLC methods for drug substance assays, stability indicating assays, and analyses of unknown drug impurities.
He has served as both a member and chair of the AOAC International Methods Committee on Dietary Supplements, and as an instructor of the AOAC Single Laboratory Validation and Collaborative Study training courses. He was study director of the collaborative study for the AOAC ephedra method, and co-study director for the chondroitin sulfate and CoQ10 collaborative studies.
As a result of his efforts on the ephedra study, Roman was named the AOAC Study Director of the Year in 2004. He served as a contractor for AOAC International as a Dietary Supplement Subject Matter Expert for three years.
Dr. Roman received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Delaware, and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Rhode Island, studying under Dr. Phyllis Brown.
He received the AOAC International Study Director of the Year award in 2004 for his work on the validation of the method for the determination of ephedrine alkaloids in botanicals and dietary supplements, and was named a Fellow of AOAC International in 2009.
Armando Nieves has spent nearly 30 years in the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement, and cosmetic industries as an analytical chemist. He has extensive experience with quality control testing, analytical research and development and method validation.
Before joining Tampa Bay Analytical Research, Nieves worked at a number of companies in analytical research and quality control positions, including R.P. Scherer, VistaPharm and Sterling Organics.
Nieves received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, P.R. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Quality Assurance Manager
Bobby Arce has more than 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing, processes, quality assurance, quality auditing, and GMPs/ GLPs. He is experienced in SOP writing forms, Certificates of Analysis, Testing Certificates, and other controlled documents. His background is in GMP regulated environments including drugs, dietary supplements, cosmetics, packaging, quality assurance, and laboratory systems.
Prior to joining Tampa Bay Analytical Research, Arce worked in Quality Assurance positions at Johnson and Johnson, Smith & Nephew, R. P. Scherer, and Jmi-Daniels Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Arce holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Interamerican University of Rio Piedras, P.R. and is bilingual in English and Spanish.