NBJ Award: Science & Innovation

The story of the nutrition industry is often a story of silver linings—passionate founders motivated by the tragedies and traumas of declining health driving innovation where nobody else saw a need. For every ketogenic potato chip, there is a mother with a child wracked by autoimmune disease. For every natural peanut butter, there are free packs of therapeutic food for malnourished kids in the developing world. Thanks to Martha Carlin, we can add a microbiome stool bank to this mix. Back in 2002, a Parkinson’s diagnosis for her 44-year-old husband would send Carlin on a self-directed journey through the wilds of citizen science long before anyone had even heard the term.

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Martha Carlin