CRN Announces 10 New Members, Winners of CASP Award

Washington, D.C.—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has announced the addition of 10 new companies to its membership rolls, as well as the winners of CRN’s CASP Award.

The voting members added during the second and third quarters of 2021:

  • Arbonne International, which offers plant-based personal care, beauty, and wellness products.
  • Bodybuilding.com, a fitness platform combining content, community, and commerce, offering supplements, activewear, sports gear, fitness apps, an exercise database with instructions nad video, and more.
  • Open Book Extracts, a cGMP-certified supplier of plant-based cannabinoid products offering concept-to-market formulation and product development services.
  • Metabolic Maintenance, which provides healthcare practitioners with high-quality products with no added preservatives, excipients, binders, or fillers.

The new associate members:

  • Alston & Bird, an international law firm with more than 800 lawyers in offices worldwide, offering intellectual property and food & beverage guidance.
  • Atlantia Clinical Trials, a contract research organization that specializes in conducting human studies in foods, beverages, supplements, cosmetics, and live-biotherapeutics, with clinic sites in Europe and the USA.
  • Covington & Burling, LLP, a global law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., which advises supplement and food & beverage companies on the issues that may arise from product conception through promotion in the U.S., Europe, China, and elsewhere.
  • Creative Services, Inc., a background screening company offering full-service, global background screening and security consulting.
  • The law office of Scheril Murray Powell, P.A., a trade, agricultural, cannabis, and dietary supplement attorney at Doumar, Allsworth, Laystrom, Voigt, Adair, and Dishowitz LLP; she has been named one of the Top 12 Cannabis Attorneys in Florida.

The CRN Board of Directors also approved Well Peak Biotechnology as a new international member. Well Peak represents branded ingredients for food and nutraceuticals industries, under the Wedar corporate brand.

CASP Award Winners

The CASP (CRN and American Society for Nutrition Foundation Scholars Program) Award, launched in June 2021, provides students access to CRN’s Science in Session symposium, which, this year, focused on women’s health and their unique nutritional needs across the lifespan.

“CRN is helping create the next generation of nutrition scientists and practitioners,” said CRN Senior Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Andrea Wong, Ph.D., in the press release. “Populations worldwide need accessible, science-backed guidance about health and wellness, and these students will be equipped to provide it.”

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The awardees are:

  • Jennifer Bapton, a Ph.D. candidate in health sciences at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois;
  • Alexa Barad, a Ph.D. candidate in the nutritional sciences division at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York;
  • Inah Gu, a Ph.D. candidate in the food science department at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas;
  • Sakhawot Hossain, an undergraduate student in the department of nutrition and food technology at Jashore University in Bangladesh;
  • Kingsley Kalu, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Barad believes clear communication in nutrition practice is a critical component in supporting the health of patients: “As a registered dietitian, I have witnessed first-hand how hard it is to debunk all the myths that get out to the public with no scientific backing. We need to be able to communicate our findings that are based on sound science to the benefit of the public.”

You can hear directly from the recipients via videos available here.