Cardax and GNC Announce Expanded ZanthoSyn® Sales and Marketing Program


HONOLULU, Dec. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardax, Inc. (OTCQB: CDXI) and GNC (NYSE: GNC) announced today that they are expanding the sales and marketing program for ZanthoSyn®, Cardax's premium astaxanthin dietary supplement for inflammatory health and longevity. GNC is the exclusive brick-and-mortar retail channel for ZanthoSyn®.

GNC will augment Cardax's sales and marketing efforts with additional initiatives to increase ZanthoSyn® product awareness and education among GNC store associates and valued customers nationwide.

The program will build on the strong foundation that has already made ZanthoSyn® a top selling product in Hawaii GNC stores for more than a year. Strong store sell-through has also been seen in other major markets where Cardax has implemented its ZanthoSyn® sales and marketing strategy, including California, Nevada, and New York.  

Cardax's two-pronged sales and marketing strategy combines:

  • Physician outreach and education, where ZanthoSyn® is positioned as the first safe, physician friendly, anti-inflammatory for health and longevity, and GNC serves as a convenient and credible distribution channel for physicians recommending ZanthoSyn®.
  • GNC store outreach, education, and in-store sales support, which builds on the ability to utilize ZanthoSyn® as a foundation of health, wellness, and performance regimens.

"We are very pleased and honored to work with GNC to expand our national ZanthoSyn® sales and marketing program," said David G. Watumull, Cardax CEO. "GNC has proven that their knowledgeable sales associates offer a highly effective channel for rapidly growing awareness and sales of this innovative product."

About Cardax
Cardax—headquartered in Honolulu, HI—is focused on developing and commercializing innovative dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals. The safety and efficacy of Cardax's products have not been directly evaluated in clinical trials or confirmed by the FDA.

About ZanthoSyn®
Cardax's first commercial product, ZanthoSyn®, is a physician recommended anti-inflammatory supplement for health and longevity that features astaxanthin with enhanced absorption and purity.* ZanthoSyn® is sold in GNC stores and online. ZanthoSyn® contains astaxanthin, which is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) according to FDA regulations.

About Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin is a clinically studied compound with safe anti-inflammatory activity that supports joint health, cardiovascular health, metabolic health, liver health, and longevity.*

About GNC
GNC—headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA—is a leading global specialty health, wellness, and performance retailer. GNC connects customers to their best selves by offering a premium assortment of health, wellness, and performance products, including protein, performance supplements, weight management supplements, vitamins, herbs and greens, wellness supplements, health and beauty, food and drink, and other general merchandise. This assortment features proprietary GNC and nationally recognized third-party brands. GNC's diversified, multi-channel business model generates revenue from product sales through company-owned retail stores, domestic and international franchise activities, third-party contract manufacturing, e-commerce, and corporate partnerships. As of June 30, 2018, GNC had approximately 8,800 locations, of which approximately 6,600 retail locations are in the United States (including approximately 2,400 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in approximately 50 countries.

Media Contacts
Cardax: Janice Kam,, 1-808-457-1400
GNC: GNC Media,, 1-212-284-0455

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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