Founder, Craft Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Neal Craft received a BS in Human Nutrition from Ohio State University in 1978 and an MS in Human Nutrition from Virginia Tech in 1981. He began his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech in Biochemistry in the area of trace mineral metabolism. At that time, he received the Bruce M. Anderson Outstanding First Year Graduate Student Award and published his first peer-reviewed article in American Journal of Physiology. Prior to completion, he accepted a position at USDA and moved to the Washington DC area. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland while working full-time and raising a family. Dr. Craft has been involved in the development of methods for and measurement of vitamins and carotenoids in biological materials since 1984. His career began at the USDA, Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, MD doing research in the area of trace mineral metabolism and metabolic disease. At USDA, he set-up and managed the HPLC analysis of vitamins and carotenoids in studies funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Craft moved to the Organic Analytical Research Division of the National Bureau of Standards (now National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST) and served as Clinical Coordinator of the NCI/NIST Micronutrient Quality Assurance Program involving over 50 laboratories internationally.
In September 1994, Dr. Craft founded Craft Technologies, Inc. with the mission of examining the relationship between nutrition and chronic disease, including nutritional deficiencies. Over the years, CTI Nutrition Laboratory expanded its capabilities to analyze foods, feeds, raw material and finished products. CTI routinely analyzes for carotenoids and vitamin A for the USDA Food Composition and Dietary Supplement Databases. The Lab measures clinical samples, including: serum, urine, skin, liver, eyes, and brain. CTI Nutrition Lab was the first to report individual carotenoid content in human brain.
Dr. Craft has authored or coauthored over 60 peer-reviewed articles; made over 80 presentations in 18 countries around the world. CTI Nutrition Lab has provided analytical services for industry, academia (including, Duke, UNC, U of AZ, Cornell, Moffitt Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins and OSU) and government/Non-Profits (USDA, CDC,NCI, Sight and Life, UNICEF, USAID and World Health Organization).