Immuno Gum in OC MetroImmuno-Gum Founder Terry O’Neil has been chosen by the Orange County Register as one of OC’s HOT 25. The November issue is on news stands now but we’ve got an excerpt for you here:

“Chew on this: Terry O’Neil, M.D., is poised to make it big – not in his specialty of emergency medicine, but in the industry of … gum. But there’s a healthy twist to O’Neil’s creation, Immuno Gum (immuno-gum.com), which some vendors predict could become the next Airborne:

Its immunity-boosting ingredients – including zinc, vitamin C, elderberry, Siberian ginseng, astragalus and Echinacea – help stave off colds. O’Neil, 41, who patches up patients at Los Alamitos Medical Center, says the “Gum With Benefts” he launched in January 2013 could be sold through about 5,000 locations by the end of December, including independent pharmacy chains and grocers.

Immuno Gum, which sells for $3.49 a pack, is already available at many airports (including LAX), at all U.S. national parks that have gift shops, and in 7-Eleven, Vitamin World and Sports Chalet. It’s also available on Amazon.com. O’Neil is seeking investors to help grow operations and get his gum distributed through Walgreens, Walmart and Rite Aid.”

– by Greg Hardesty for OC Metro