For too long, the worlds of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals have stood divided, like two opposing titans in the realm of health care. Established medical science clings to the tried-and-true path of allopathy, relying on conventional drugs and surgeries to combat illness. On the other side of the spectrum, nutraceuticals champions the holistic approach, embracing natural remedies and alternative healing methods that target the source of disease. In this tug-of-war, conventional researchers are accused of being too chemical-centric — masking the symptoms and creating other adverse conditions, while proponents of natural medicine are often dismissed as “hippies” or “new-agers with the lack of conventional science and consistency in products.”
Enter Franco Cavaleri, the audacious biomedical scientist and visionary entrepreneur spearheading Biologic Pharmamedical Research. This dynamic company is on a mission to revolutionize the health care landscape by bridging the chasm between nutraceutical and pharmaceutical health care.
With a career spanning over three decades, Cavaleri has dedicated himself to optimizing the efficacy and precision of natural compounds for reasons that are deep-rooted. His unique vision? To merge the best of both medical worlds, creating standardized, natural medicines that deliver dependable, targeted pharmacology.
Cavaleri’s ground-breaking approach stands on the frontier, straddling the divide between naturopathic-holistic medicine and allopathic medicine, challenging the conventional wisdom. His steadfast commitment is driven by both his own personal experience and a deep understanding of the biochemistry that explains his experience.
A former Mr. IFBB North America bodybuilding champion, Cavaleri’s passion for bodybuilding and nutrition led him to complete an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and human nutrition at the University of British Columbia and ultimately to postgraduate doctoral work in experimental medicine with a focus on inflammatory signaling at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine. His doctoral research continues internationally with a focus on cancer research and the development of novel treatment protocols.
His studies and personal experience in biochemistry, nutritional sciences and human and pet nutrition and performance, coupled with a potent drive to excel, led him down the path to success in multiple disciplines. His deep understanding of human physiology and discovery of the power of natural compounds propelled him to conquer his own debilitating severe ulcerative colitis with the winning trophy in his hand despite having been hospitalized the year before. This clear redefining of personal mission ultimately paved the way for his ground-breaking career in nutraceutical and pharmaceutical research and development.
“I exist on this solitary island, fusing naturopathic-holistic medicine with allopathic medicine,” Cavaleri asserts. “But neither side fully supported my work until recently. They say I’m dismantling the holistic compounds that should remain intact or whole, or as the allopathic community would say, that my approach isn’t selective enough. It’s time to dispel these misconceptions.”
Cavaleri operates at the intersection of allopathic and natural medicine, ingeniously re-inventing holistic treatments (nutraceuticals) to infuse drug target selectivity with natural medicines to maximize their efficiency, efficacy and reliability while staying true to holistic principles by maintaining holistic features of the natural therapeutic.
“There’s a place for natural medicines, and there’s a place for pharmaceuticals,” Cavaleri emphasizes. “Instead of fighting each other, we should collaborate to provide the best care for humanity. We must keep in mind that natural medicines are not ‘new-age’ ideas. They are rooted in a rich, long history that has had them survive thousands of years of successful use despite the criticism and skepticism. Today, we need to look to science to guide the future of natural medicines, not history, not nostalgia, not hope…. but real data.”
Cavaleri’s method involves meticulous research on botanical extracts with established health benefits. He dissects each constituent, isolates them, refines them and maps the pharmacology of each of the many constituents, making up a common botanical to the genome and proteome. The result? A clear understanding of how each component of the herbal agent contributes to the polypharmacology of the natural compound. This knowledge provides an informed capacity to revamp pharmacology with a new level of standardization. Ultimately, he crafts ingredients that are highly targeted, more potent and reliably effective at resetting and restoring genomic and proteomic activity. The resulting conclusion is based on conventional drug research protocols and the data it generates. If you want to define the term “biohacking” at its true scientific core … this is it!
Today, through his company, Biologic Pharmamedical Research, Cavaleri transforms his ideas into reality by applying his intuition to the research bench to test his theories and develop new pointed, precise pharmacology supported by research he eventually publishes. He opens his work up to peer-review scrutiny to gain third-party support or humbly accept third-party negation that is sent back to the research bench. The work he and his team of researchers do leads to the development of ground-breaking technologies pointed within the natural health and conventional pharmaceutical space. His work supplies dozens of companies with proven, plant-based supplements for specific conditions, including immune conditions, inflammation and obesity and therapeutics to enhance cognition, improve gut health, support stress resilience, help with hormone and blood sugar management and deliver jaw-dropping human performance. Despite navigating a complex regulatory landscape, he holds an impressive 14 patents, effectively reinventing and re-standardizing ancient herbs to yield precise results in a fluctuating environment.
“Why preserve substances in their natural whole state when we have the knowledge and tools today to dissect and reconstruct them?” Cavaleri challenges. “We can delve into sub-cellular proteomic research to understand each component’s role and then optimize the ‘whole’ for reliable outcomes.” He goes on to explain, “There is no room for chance, trial and error when it comes to these natural medicines. We must leverage the traditional understanding of these compounds; however, we must also keep in mind that traditional medicines are rooted in over 3,000 years of history. With that said, we must appreciate that the active constituents of these poly-phytochemical plant extracts might be very different today than the profiles that existed in the climate, insect exposure, soil condition and general environment from many centuries ago. The only way to use them with pointed efficacy today is to restudy them in current environmental conditions to know how each constituent influences cell behavior at the depth of the genome. With that understanding, we can focus on the actives to gather scientific pharmacological information and knowledgeably point them at an intended pharmacology or disease pathology.”
From the spotlight of bodybuilding to the laboratory of scientific innovation, Cavaleri’s journey has brought two worlds into a brilliant fusion. A journey he describes as an exciting adventure marked by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and an unwavering commitment to enhancing human health and performance while honoring the power of nature. With biologic pharma-medical research, he aspires to empower individuals to live beyond limitations and experience life fully at its best.
He says, “We must not sit idle and accept the status quo. Ask questions, test boundaries and push to the outer limits of what we think we know. If we do not conduct ourselves in this manner, we will never know what our own personal potential can be or on a larger scale, the true potential of the human species.” Join the revolution and embrace a future where health care knows no limits!