Our Experts

We believe in the powerful synergy of science and nature. Lactoferrin & Lactium® are Nature’s Remedy®, but Leapfrog has formulated them with extra goodies for additional benefits.

We are here to help. If you need help or advice with anything don't hesitate to get in touch.

Founder

Stephanie Drax


Stephanie is a journalist and a mother to two small tornado-like boys. Like many mums, she would brace herself for the winter months when the inevitable blocked noses and spluttering coughs would start. In 2018, Stephanie began researching ways of cutting colds off at the pass rather than masking the symptoms with medication. A nutritionist, Anna Moore, suggested better gut health as part of the solution, and Stephanie wrote an article about it. Her research led her to Dr Nicholas Larkins, who told her about lactoferrin and its extraordinary properties. He himself had written a paper on it, contributing to the growing scientific research on lactoferrin’s potential therapeutic benefits. Stephanie was sold on its instant anti-viral efficacy and hasn’t looked back since.

To read more about why and how she brought Leapfrog to market, read Stephanie’s posts in our Journal.

Head of Nutrition

Emma Davies


DipNUT, MBANT, CNHC

Emma is a nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner who works under the umbrella of NatureDoc, the clinic founded by eminent naturopath Lucinda Miller. Emma is strongly influenced by both the integrative and functional medicine philosophies that underlie her knowledge of nutrition. Emma specialises in Autoimmunity and Immunity, Women’s health, Thyroid and Adrenal health and Gut dysfunction.

Chief Sleep & Stress Expert

Natalie Pennicotte-Collier 


MNCH (Reg.), MBCT-I, MSC Dip.Clin Hypnotherapy

Natalie is a clinical hypnotherapist and mindful expert specialising in sleep, wellbeing and mental health. Over the past decade she has pioneered a mind-body approach to behavioural sleep medicine and performance wellbeing, transforming sleep health for all in her private practice, elite sport, workplace and alongside NHS GPs in the community. In an increasingly under-slept, hyper distracted world, her approach is energising and effective, helping us wake up to our unique sleep health potential.

Immunology Consultant

Dr Marian Kruzel PhD


Professor Kruzel is an internationally recognized immunologist with an interest established in inflammation and age-related pathophysiology. He is a faculty member at the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, UT Health McGovern Medical School at Houston, and is a founder and CEO of PharmaReview Corporation, a biomedical research and consulting company in Houston, Texas.

Mentor

Renée Elliott


Founder of Planet Organic • Mentor

In 1995, Renée founded Planet Organic, the first organic supermarket in the UK and now a successful multi-million-pound brand. Renée is a prolific corporate and public speaker, an active supporter of entrepreneurs, a successful author of cutting-edge cookbooks, and a full-on mum. She brings hard-won business skills and intuitive wisdom to all of her works. Renée is co-founder of wellbeing business Beluga Bean, the organisation through which she is mentoring Leapfrog Remedies’ Stephanie Drax.

Pharmaceutical Consultant

Dr Hamid Merchant


BPharm MPharm PhD PGCertHE CQP RPh FHEA SRPharmS

Dr Merchant has over 17 years’ experience in pharmaceutical research and development. His expertise includes novel formulation design, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, bioavailability and bioequivalence. Formerly associated with Abbott Laboratories Ltd for five years and UCL for six years, he is currently Subject Lead in Pharmacy and the Course Leader for the postgraduate suite of pharmacy programs at the University of Huddersfield. Dr Merchant is also a Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the British Journal of Pharmacy.