CRN Announces Search for Botanicals Expert

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 8, 2003 - The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) today announced plans to begin a search for a candidate to fill the role of the Association's natural products specialist. John Cardellina, Ph.D., formerly CRN's vice president, botanical and regulatory science, left CRN in December, returning to a research position at The National Cancer Institute, where he was employed before joining CRN.

According to the CRN acting president, Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., "CRN has established itself as one of the industry's leading trade associations, representing the full spectrum of ingredient suppliers and manufacturers, including companies that market vitamins, minerals, botanicals, sports nutrition products and specialty supplements. We will sorely miss Dr. Cardellina as part of our team. However, we fully intend to move forward with a botanicals agenda, and our Board has asked us to work with the CRN botanicals committee and other member companies to find the right candidate."

Edward Croom, Ph.D., chairman, CRN Botanicals/Quality Standards Committee, and scientific and regulatory affairs manager for Indena USA East, Inc., indicated that CRN is looking for a natural products scientist with "dynamic leadership skills and a dedication to further enhance CRN member companies' ability to provide high quality safe and beneficial botanical products." This individual, according to Dr. Croom, should be able to provide scientific expertise and analysis on traditional uses as well as emerging scientific research results for herbal/botanical dietary supplements, providing perspective for CRN members, regulators and legislators, the media, and consumers.

Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume to the CRN director of administration and member services, Verna Breland, at [email protected].

The Council for Responsible Nutrition, based in Washington, D.C., and founded in 1973, is one of the dietary supplement industry's leading trade associations, representing ingredient suppliers and manufacturers. For more information on CRN, visit

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