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October 31, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS, IN: Sustainable Nutrition International (SNI), a 501c3 non-profit headquartered in Indianapolis, will receive a 2015 Indiana Innovation Award, October 15, during Centric’s Day of Innovation Conference at Butler University. Now in its fifth year, the Indiana Innovation Awards recognize individuals and organizations who lead the innovation charge in our state. Sustainable Nutrition International is focused on remediating chronic malnutrition in infants through daily consumption of a proprietary rice bran product, Nutra-Iso™. SNI was founded in 2011 to help the 165 million children who are born chronically malnourished worldwide each year. SNI is working to change the food paradigm by changing the life of a child, not just for a day, but for a lifetime. “SNI is honored to receive this prestigious recognition for our efforts in remediating chronic malnutrition among third world infants and young children,” says Dr. Glenn H. Sullivan, SNI founder and Purdue University professor emeritus. “We need to look at innovative ways to address problems of disease and food security (in the world), says Dr. Elizabeth P. Ryan assistant professor at Colorado State University, Department of Clinical Sciences. “Nutra-Iso utilizes an underused food source–rice bran–that can not only feed people and make them healthier, but can also remediate chronic malnutrition in newborns. This is something we must pursue.” Accepting the award for Sustainable Nutrition International will be Dr. Glenn H. Sullivan, who also received the 2013 Patent for Humanity Award from the United States Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Division, for his innovative Nutra-Iso™ technology. More information can be found at Video link from the innovation awards –

Trials Confirm the Nutritional Potency of Nutra-Iso™

September 22, 2014
Field clinical trials conducted by Sustainable Nutrition International in 2012-14 confirmed the nutritional potency of Nutra-Iso™ formulations in remediating chronic malnutrition in infants who were exclusively breastfed by mothers consuming the bioactive nutraceutical formulations. The 2012-14 Nutra-Iso clinicals were conducted in collaboration with the Government of Guatemala. Overall, 165 lactating mothers were screened and tested over the 135-day trial period for each group. Participating mothers’ daily nutrition was supplemented with 40 grams of the Nutra-Iso formulation, and their infants were breastfed exclusive of any other nutrition for the 135-day period. All participating mothers received monthly health testing at the regional clinic in Comapa, located in the Southeastern rural district of Guatemala where chronic malnutrition is prevalent in infants. The breastfed infants were monitored monthly according to World health Organization indicators, including weight-for-height, body length-for-age, weight-for-age, cephalic perimeter-for-age, and body mass index-for-age. The results proved to be significant when indexed against WHO metrics in all measurements excerpt weight-for-height, which is often more influenced by genetics over generations of time. However, the four principal indictors for infant development, weight-for-age, body mass index-for-age, length-for-age, and cephalic perimeter showed statistically significant improvements when measured by the Student ‘T’ Test (p<0.01), increasing 291.9%, 202.0%, 30.7%, and 56.6% respectively. These are all important indicators of the importance early intervention with bioactive nutrition can play in remediating chronic malnutrition in infants, and the positive role indigenous Nutra-Iso production can play in nutrient deficit rice producing regions worldwide. Over 50 million metric tons of rice bran byproduct is available from the rice milling process worldwide, with substantial volumes available in developing countries where rice is a staple human food. Michael Stayton, Chairman of the Board for Sustainable Nutrition International, reported the aforementioned results to the World Food Program in Rome, Italy in September 2014.

SNI Highlighted at Humanitarian Investor Forum

September 5, 2014
Sustainable Nutrition International’s bioactive nutrition programs for remediating chronic malnutrition in infants was highlighted in the ‘Humanitarian Investor Forum’ cosponsored by Nixon Peabody and the United States Patent and Trademark Office on August 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. Dr. Glenn H. Sullivan, who accepted the 2013 ‘Patents for Humanity Award’ for Intermark Partners Strategic Management, the developers of the pioneering technology for which the award was received, presented the program plans for transferring the Company’s pioneering technology and bioactive nutrition formulations to nutrient deficit regions in Central America and beyond. This transfer will be accomplished through an exclusive non-profit bearing license agreement awarded to Sustainable Nutrition International for humanitarian development purposes. Early stage nutritional deficiencies that result in chronic malnutrition and stunted physical and mental development impact nearly 165 million children worldwide. Current food security programs have not effectively reversed this trend in a sustainable manner. The solution to remediating chronic malnutrition is nutraceutical nutrition formulations that are readily bioavailable to infants in their early development stages, starting with the pregnant mother’s nutritional supplementation and through the first 6-9 months of lactation. The results of SNI’s 2012-14 field clinical trials clearly demonstrate the significant benefits derived from such nutritional supplementation in remediating chronic malnutrition, and thereby establishing the foundation for normal physical and cognitive development of the infant in a sustainable manner. Sustainable Nutrition International is currently seeking program funding for its 2014-15 and 2015-16 development programs in Central America. Michael Stayton, former Chief Operating Officer for the World Food Program, and currently Board Chairman of Sustainable Nutrition International, is leading the initiatives for our current program development missions. He can be contacted at; SNI Executive Director Jessica White can be contacted at

SNI is a Finalist for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation

March 8, 2014
On August 1, the Drucker Institute — a social enterprise dedicated to strengthening organizations and society — announced that Sustainable Nutrition International is among 10 finalists for the 2013 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The winner of the $100,000 prize will be announced in September.   The full list of finalists is as follows:
    • 92Y, which created #GivingTuesday to catalyze philanthropic giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
    • Boston Medical Center, which has reengineered the discharge process to ease the transition from hospital to home and drastically reduce hospital readmission after discharge.
    • Fresh Artists, which is leveraging the work of young student artists to fund local arts education.
    • Horizons for the Blind, which has developed a free online service to improve the quality of and accessibility to consumer information for people who are visually impaired.
    • New York Legal Assistance Group, which provides free civil legal service to low-income New Yorkers through a mobile legal services office and courtroom.
    • SightLife, which works with partners across 29 countries to establish eye banks and support more than 16,000 corneal transplant surgeries each year.
    • Sustainable Nutrition International, which is addressing food insecurity and chronic malnutrition in the Americans with proprietary technology and bioactive nutritional formulations.
    • U.S. Green Building Council, which is transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated through LEED—its voluntary and market-based green building certification program.
    • VisionQuest 20/20, which developed a computerized system to dramatically improve the accuracy, availability and cost of vision screening for children.
    •, which has a new approach to establishing sustainable access to water and sanitation for people at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
In all, the Drucker Institute received a record 864 applications this year from nonprofits in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The annual budgets for these organizations ranged from less than $250,000 to well more than $10 million. “Every year, it seems, the pool of applicants for the Drucker Award gets stronger,” said Rick Wartzman, the Drucker Institute’s executive director. “Getting down to just 10 was really tough, and I have no doubt that the final judges also have their work cut out for them in selecting a single winner. This is a wonderful group of finalists.” Administered annually since 1991, the Drucker Award is granted to a social-sector organization that demonstrates Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation—change that creates a new dimension of performance. In addition, the judges look for programs that are highly effective and that have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve. The final judges include Wartzman; Sumita Dutta, managing director at Golden Seeds; Geneva Johnson, former president and CEO of Family Service America and secretary of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute; Mario Morino, co-founder and chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners and chairman of Morino Institute; Sally Osberg, president and CEO of Skoll Foundation; C. William Pollard, chairman emeritus of ServiceMaster Co. and a member of the Drucker Institute’s Board of Advisors; and Steve Yankovich, vice president of innovation and new ventures at eBay. Sustainable Nutrition International is honored to be chosen as a finalist for this prestigious award. To learn more about the Drucker Institute, click here.

Success Story: Darlin Norena Vasquez

August 14, 2013
Darlin Norena Vasquez is from the Guatemalan village of El Calvario. Born on January 21, 2013, she was detected as suffering from “Severe Acute Malnutrition” (SAM) on March 2013. Her case was severe, but fortunately, she was young enough to be treated. Darlin weighed in at 2.1 kg (4 lb 10 ounces) when she first arrived at the clinic. In addition to extremely low weight, a severe mouth irritation was preventing her from feeding properly. She was also affected by a severe rash, eruptions and skin peeling–all symptoms of severe micronutrient deficiencies. She was taken immediately by ambulance to the hospital of Jutiapa, where stayed under intensive care for 14 days, after which she returned home. Her mother started taking Nutra-Iso™ on March 19 2013, a few days before Darlin came from the hospital. The recipient of very little formula during that time, Darin’s subsequent recovery can be attributed to Nutra-Iso™.  Now, 5 months later, she is a healthy 6 and 1/2 month old baby. Her mother said to Dr. Guillermo Sanchez, Vice President of Sustainable Nutrition Intenational, “When I brought her in back in March, I thought she was going to die”. On the contrary, Darin is doing better than ever, with malnutrition and the various health concerns that accompany it now safely behind her. See photos of Darin’s transformation below:


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SNI Success Story: Carlos David

August 9, 2013
Sustainable Nutrition International has been working in Guatemala for more than a year now, providing our Nutra-Iso™ rice bran derivative formula to pregnant women, lactating mothers, and infants. We’ve addressed the dramatic results we’ve seen in children who have taken Nutra-Iso™ elsewhere on this site. But nothing demonstrates its power quite like this series of photographs of a Guatemalan child named Carlos David whose body — and life — has been transformed by it. See below:

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