Two Industry Experts Honored at CRN Annual Conference

- Paul Bolar and Joe LaPlaca Receive Apple Awards -

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 25, 2003 - Paul Bolar of Pharmavite LLC and Joe LaPlaca of Roche Vitamins Inc. were awarded "CRN (Steuben) Apples" last week during CRN's 2003 Annual Conference at the Westin La Paloma resort in Tucson, Ariz. The CRN Apple is the Council for Responsible Nutrition's (CRN) highest award, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated long-term commitment and gone above and beyond the call of duty for CRN and the dietary supplement industry.

During the awards presentation, CRN President Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., and CRN Chairman of the Board Byron Johnson of Access Business Group, applauded both recipients for their generous dedication and active participation in CRN and industry efforts to responsibly produce and ethically market high quality, safe and beneficial dietary supplement ingredients and products.
Mr. Bolar, vice president, legal and regulatory affairs, Pharmavite, is the long-time chairman of the CRN Regulatory Affairs Committee. As committee chair, he was instrumental in developing the extensive set of comments CRN recently submitted to the Food and Drug Administration on Good Manufacturing Practices. Mr. Bolar is also involved with the CRN Product Stewardship Task Force. Mr. LaPlaca, senior vice president, Roche Vitamins, is an active member of the CRN Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and International Trade and Market Development Committee. In addition, he has encouraged the active involvement of other Roche employees on CRN committees.

Dr. Dickinson states, "As CRN celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, it was particularly fitting to award 'Apples' to two long-time industry leaders, each of whom has served with his own company for approximately 25 years. CRN thrives because of the contributions of individuals like Paul and Joe, who give their time and expertise so generously, with the backing of companies like Pharmavite and Roche. Their efforts help CRN and also benefit the industry as a whole. It is truly a pleasure for us to work with both of them and I am pleased to honor each of them with a CRN Apple."

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, comply with dosage limits and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices.

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