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CRN adds seven new companies to its roster

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Friday announced the addition of the following seven members to its roster.

Kansas City, Mo.-based CardioTabs specializes in manufacturing supplements designed specifically for cardiovascular health. The company regularly modifies its product formulations in response to the most current research on supplements and health resulting in products that are safe and effective.

Martek Biosciences Corp. develops nutritional products that promote health and wellness through every stage of life. Martek, based in Columbia, Md., has become a leader in fermentation technology and is an innovator in the research and development of products derived from microalgae.

Istanbul, Turkey-based Eczacibasi Ilac Pazarlama is a pharmaceutical company in Turkey that has recently expanded to develop dietary supplements.  Although the company has a contract manufacturing agreement with Nutritional Laboratories International, they are not currently selling any products in the United States.

Accelovance is a clinical services company with a proven approach to accelerating clinical development by delivering optimal results through greater control and productivity.  The Rockville, Md.-based company tailors its offerings of full CRO services, wholly owned clinical sites, patient recruitment and a clinical call center for a customized clinical solution.

NutraGenetics is a science-based developer of nutritional supplements, functional foods and nutraceuticals. NutraGenetics, based in Redondo Beach, Calif., also provides business consulting services in the healthcare field relating to new product development, product distribution, logistics and supply chain solutions.

NutrIQ of Alexandria, Va. is a consulting firm that works with suppliers and manufacturers of dietary supplements, conventional foods, functional foods and other over-the-counter products.  The company specializes in nutrition marketing, communications, scientific, technical and regulatory services.

New York-based Sawaya Segalas provides investment banking services to brand-based businesses in the consumer industry.

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NACDS develops Marketplace Retail Scorecard

BY Michael Johnsen

PALM BEACH, Fla. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores developed a results-driven resource for retailers attending the 2009 Marketplace conference, called the Marketplace Retail Scorecard. The scorecard focuses retailers on finding new vendors or products, identifying marketing and merchandising opportunities and resolving issues.

“Now, more than ever, retailers are ensuring that their business activities produce tangible results for their bottom lines,” stated Jim Whitman, NACDS SVP meetings and exhibits. “We urge retailers to utilize this new tool as a way to ensure that their business meetings are successful and yield results long after the NACDS Marketplace conference has taken place.”

The scorecard is divided into five “S.M.A.R.T.” deliverables — specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound — which will enable retailers to target their goals ahead of time, quantify them, conduct follow-up and plan accordingly for future business activities with suppliers, NACDS stated.

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosts annual event

BY Alaric DeArment

WELLESLEY, Mass. The New England Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hopes to raise $1.5 million with a black-tie gala Saturday.

The chapter’s Massachusetts branch will have its 27th annual Hearts & Heroes Gala at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, paying tribute to Insulet Corp. president and CEO Duane DeSisto as honoree and giving the Nancy Jones Diabetes Champion Award to Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.

“In the fight against diabetes, we have one vision: to find a cure,” JDRF New England Chapter executive director Heidi Daniels said in a statement. “Duane DeSisto, Insulet Corp. and Sen. Kennedy are true champions in the hearts and minds of all of us with loved ones who have Type 1 diabetes.”

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