The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 has granted Lifetime Achievement Awards to Norman Salem Jr. and Olav Sandnes for their efforts to increase global EPA and DHA consumption.
Salem, who holds a doctorate in neurobiology and neurosciences, is one of the world’s leading researchers on DHA omega-3s and the physiological functions of polyunsaturated fatty acids and lipids. He directed the internationally recognized Laboratory of Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics at the National Institutes of Health and was chief scientific officer at Martek Biosciences, which is now part of ingredients company DSM.
Sandnes co-founded fish-oil supplier Marine Ingredients in 1982 and has been a passionate leader in the omega-3 space since. He was a founding member of the Omega-3 Working Group at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, which eventually became GOED, and a member of GOED’s board for 13 years. In 2016, Marine Ingredients merged with KD Pharma to become the third-largest omega-3 supplier worldwide.
The awards are traditionally presented at the biennial GOED Exchange to those whose careers have significantly advanced the science around omega-3s or expanded the growth of the EPA and DHA industry. The next event is scheduled for 2022 in the United States.
In 2018, the honors went to the late Bruce Miller, who was executive vice president of Marine Ingredients when he died in 2017, and Adam Ismail, who is the chief strategy officer of The KD Pharma Group. He previously served as the executive director of GOED.