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Policy expert Jim VandeHei to headline CRN conference

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced that Jim VandeHei, named one of the 100 most powerful thinkers of the “Information Age” by Vanity Fair, will kick off the conference "CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry," taking place in Dana Point, Calif. Nov. 5 to 8. 

         
Co-founder, president and CEO of Politico, VandeHei is a political and policy source that Washingtonian called a “media phenomenon.” VandeHei is also the president and CEO of Capital New York and has more than 20 years of journalistic political savvy — including stints covering politics at publications such as Roll Call, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
 
“CRN has a reputation for bringing high caliber speakers to the conference, and Jim VandeHei ups the ante,” stated Judy Blatman, SVP communications, CRN. “With his combined political acumen, journalistic curiosity, and status as a sought after political commentator on shows like MSNBC’s 'Morning Joe,' our conference participants will not only be entertained, but will be enlightened about the inner workings of national politics.” 
 

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GelStat closes acquisition of Mastix Medica

BY Michael Johnsen

PALM CITY, Fla. — GelStat on Tuesday announced it has closed the acquisition of Mastix Medica. GelStat acquired 100% of the membership equity in Mastix Medica in exchange for 27,500,000 restricted shares in GelStat's common stock. In conjunction with the closing of this acquisition, GelStat launches a new corporate website which can be viewed at Gelstat.com.
 
Mastix Medica specializes in the manufacturing of functional gum and tableted products in a variety of dosage forms for a diverse customer base, and for domestic and international markets, GelStat noted. These products include cannabidiol-infused tableted chewing gums, chewable tablets, lozenges, mints and confections. Product capabilities include the manufacture of dietary supplements, functional chewing gum infused with cannabidiols from industrial hemp, functional foods and medicated confectionaries and candy. 
 
"The acquisition of Mastix Medica adds another dimension to GelStat that complements our present experience in product innovation and marketing," stated Larry Gershman, GelStat CEO. "The vertical integration also enhances our gross margins on our recently introduced dietary supplement Chews 2 Lose Appetite Suppressant Gum. More importantly, the acquisition brings to GelStat a key asset and foothold in the explosive growth high-CBD/low-THC medical marijuana and hemp infused products market. Mastix Medica has recently filed for a provisional patent that allows for the infusion of hemp oil based substrates into gum powder that is yielding higher concentrations of the active ingredients as the gum is never boiled but produced at room temperature."
 
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Neutrogena, Walgreens partner on Landon Donovan promotion

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
LOS ANGELES — Neutrogena on Monday posted details on how to meet the company's brand ambassador Landon Donovan in partnership with Walgreens. 
 
"Now through July 26, go to a participating Walgreens and purchase one Neutrogena Men skincare product and enter for a chance to win a trip to meet soccer star Landon Donovan at an upcoming LA Galaxy game," the company posted on its Facebook page
 
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