CRN Announces Keynote Speakers for The Conference

—Registration Now Open for October Event—

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 3, 2008 — The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) today announced two keynote speakers for its 2008 annual symposium on dietary supplements, The Conference, taking place October 2-5, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, N. M. David W.K. Acheson, M.D., and Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., will deliver presentations during The Conference’s opening session on the morning of Friday, October 3.

Dr. Acheson serves as the associate commissioner for foods under the Office of the Commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Acheson’s presentation will focus on the agency’s efforts to protect the nation’s food supply in a global economic environment.

Dr. Briggs, the new director at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), will outline her vision for NCCAM in the upcoming years and explore how the study of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) fits in the context of rigorous science.

The Conference has a reputation for its exceptional programming particularly relevant to ingredient suppliers and finished product manufacturers in the supplement industry. In addition to the two keynote speakers, CRN will soon be announcing the rest of the three-day program which will include a panel on marketing trends, perspectives on the future political outlook, a panel featuring industry CEOs, and more.

Bill Van Dyke, chairman and CEO of B&D Nutritional Ingredients, will serve as this year’s annual conference chair. Mr. Van Dyke is a current CRN board member and past CRN chairman, and succeeds John Venardos (Herbalife) and Tom Zimmerman (Pharmavite) as the annual conference chair and master of ceremonies. “Not only is this conference an excellent opportunity for company executives to gain timely industry perspectives and hear from relevant, motivating speakers,” said Mr. Van Dyke, “but The Conference also provides a superb networking opportunity for supplement industry executives who particularly value the networking time built in to the conference schedule.”

Registration for The Conference is now open and available online. Prices for the event are $1695 for non-CRN members, with a $200 discount for CRN members. Special group activities—including the annual CRN golf tournament, a winery tour, and horseback riding—will be offered, and conference attendees and their guests are encouraged to book early as space will be limited. To register, visit

The Conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa located approximately 31 miles/30 minutes outside of Albuquerque, on a secluded self-contained destination resort. Room reservations at the resort are available for a limited time at a special group rate of $299 per night by calling 1-800-233-1234—mention the CRN conference. This rate is currently available from Sept. 28 to Oct. 8.

This year’s conference coincides with Albuquerque’s popular Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and attendees should consider staying over Sunday night to enjoy some of the Fiesta’s activities. Visit or


About CRN: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement industry ingredient suppliers and manufacturers. CRN members adhere to a strong code of ethics and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices.

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