KENNEBUNKPORT - Leigh Reynolds was a mom with a sick daughter, and she knew she wasn’t alone. Using her decades of executive management experience – plus the scientific expertise of the very child who was ill – Reynolds decided to create a solution to the problem. The result? Gluten Free Therapeutics, a company that produces Celi·Vites, a line of scientifically formulated supplements designed specifically for individuals suffering from the debilitating effects of celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
Reynolds and her daughter Taylor – a veterinary pathologist who holds a doctor of veterinary medicine from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – introduced Celi·Vites to the market in November 2013.
The combination of skill sets possessed by the mother-daughter team made the decision to start the business a sort of “ah-ha moment,” Reynolds says. Among her executive experience was her role as chief operating officer of a successful Boston-based pharmaceutical start-up that eventually sold. As chief operating officer, she handled everything from quality and regulatory system oversight to sales and marketing. Her daughter’s educational background served as an ideal complement to her own abilities, she says.