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DECEMBER 14, 2022

Strategies to Mitigate the Rising Cost of Healthcare For Your Life Sciences Business

by Matthew Lippman, HUB International

Like many other industries, businesses across the life sciences industry are struggling to find capable employees. While employers can do little for the overall labor shortage, they can improve their own recruiting and retention through personalized benefits based on data analytics. Read more...

DECEMBER 1, 2022

A Week of Personal Firsts

by Erin Storer, Manager, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, CRN

CRN’s annual conference provided me with a variety of professional “firsts.” It was the first conference I had ever attended as well as my first in-person event with CRN (as I joined during the pandemic). I ended the week also able to say I had my first taste of the karaoke spotlightRead more...

NOVEMBER 17, 2022

An Integrative Healthcare Practitioner's Perspective on Dietary Supplements for Heart Health

by Luke Huber, N.D., MBA, Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, CRN

Earlier his career, CRN's Luke Huber, ND, MBA, had a clinical practice as a naturopathic doctor. Years of seeing patients informs his view of the role dietary supplements can play in supporting wellness beyond just filling nutrient gaps—and his take on the recent reporting on SPORT cholesterol study results. Read more...

NOVEMBER 3, 2022

The Energizing Power of People Coming Together

by Mike Meirovitz, Director, Government Relations, CRN

Reflections upon a return to the Arizona Biltmore after 10 years and some of the ways CRN sets itself apart in what it provides for its members in the dietary supplement and functional food space—and the energy our members bring! Read more...

OCTOBER 26, 2022

CRN’s Nutrition Access Initiative Scientific Advisory Board

by Andrea Wong, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, CRN

Giving back to the community has been an important part of my life since I first sorted canned vegetables and cereal boxes at a local food bank as a child, so I was thrilled to be a part of the nutrition access initiative CRN launched in 2021—and work with the dream team of scientists that comprise our Nutrition Access Task Force Scientific Advisory Board. Read more...

AUGUST 30, 2022

When Science Leads the Message, Critical Minds Respond

by Haiuyen Nguyen, Vice President, Regulatory & Nutrition Policy, CRN

The Shopping for Health event, an annual two-day gathering of grocery store registered dietitians provided a great opportunity to share the case for vitamin D supplementation with health care professionals and highlight its value when it comes to COVID-19. Read more...

AUGUST 17, 2022

IOM, Professional Development Valuable to Personal Success

by Brian Wommack, Senior Vice President, Communications, CRN

CRN is committed to professional education. We spend a good deal of time developing and hosting educational events for our members, whether in person or virtually, and that commitment extends to staff as well. We are encouraged to find development opportunities that will help us become better professionals and better able to serve our members. Read more...

AUGUST 11, 2022

Media Misinformation is Everyone’s Problem

by Craig M. Muckle, Director, Communications, CRN

Every week, I see how misinformation in the media hurts the supplement industry and consumers. In my work for CRN, I lead the charge in keeping the media’s record straight on the science behind the supplements. While I understand every industry has its detractors, it seems supplement cynics will say just about anything to make a point.  Read more...

JUNE 22, 2022

You can't lead from a position of fear—and the supplement industry shouldn't have to

by Gretchen Powers, Vice President, Marketing & Member Experience, CRN

When asked what the most impactful event has been during my time in the industry, FDA’s release of good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements stood out for me—not only because of the importance to the industry but because it also marks the birthday of my first and only child, 15 years ago today, June 22, 2007. Read more...

JUNE 15, 2022

How to Enforce the Law—and Really Mean It

by Steve Mister, President & CEO, CRN

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak at the FDLI Annual Conference on a panel examining dietary supplement regulation. The FDA representative offered that the agency is examining how it could become more effective and more efficient in its regulatory oversight of dietary supplements. The agency has a long way to go. Why isn’t FDA’s enforcement activity working? I had a few suggestions I want to share. Read more...

JUNE 6, 2022

Increase Trust Through *Verifiable* Transparency

by Derek Lurth, CEO and Co-Founder of Healthloq

Global supply chain challenges are making essential ingredients and downstream products harder to source—from authentic dietary supplement ingredients to infant formula—increasing systemic risk and the occurrence of economically motivated adulteration. Trust is challenged, especially during periods of scarcity. The ease with which information (and ingredients) can be manipulated, misrepresented, or falsified by irresponsible or malicious individuals justifies skepticism and demands extra vigilance in how we source. Read more...

MAY 16, 2022

What If There Were A Registry?

by Steve Mister, President & CEO, CRN

Last week, FDA issued 10 warning letters against marketers of certain dietary supplements alleging these products contain ingredients that are not lawful—but not without some hiccups, like calling out the wrong company in one case, and a product that was removed from the market months ago in another. These warning letters demonstrate precisely why FDA needs mandatory product listing. Read more...

MAY 11, 2022

My Day at a Nutrition Symposium

by Brian Wommack, SVP, Communications, CRN

Hear how a university visit brought a greater appreciation for why CRN's "science behind the supplements" foundation matters—and the value of CRN's commitment to educating future nutrition scientists who will point us to a future where nutrition  awareness is increasingly central to people’s lives and well-being. Read more...

APRIL 27, 2022

Welcome to CRN's Blog—Supplemental

by Craig M. Muckle, Director, Communications, CRN

Learn more from our blogmaster about how "Supplemental" will be an important tool and opportunity to create awareness and generate support for important initiatives as well as share observations and insights on nutrition research and innovations.  Read more...

APRIL 20, 2022

It’s Never Too Late to Get Involved

by Brian Wommack, SVP, Communications, CRN

April is National Volunteer Month—a month dedicated to recognizing the importance of volunteering and honoring the significant contributions volunteers make by generously donating their time and talents to worthy causes. Get a heads up on a special opportunity coming up in and get inspired to start now. Read more...

APRIL 13, 2022

Pondering New Platforms, Straw Men, and Driver’s Licenses

by Steve Mister, President & CEO, CRN

I’m excited to author the inaugural posting for CRN’s new blog, "Supplemental." We have always been, and will continue to be, “the science behind the supplements.” This new platform gives us another vehicle to promote science-backed, responsibly grounded, and factually accurate perspectives on the issues impacting the dietary supplement and functional food industry. Today the conversation focuses on the proposal for a mandatory product listing (MPL). Read more...