Herbalife is committed to setting the standard by which all nutrition companies are measured. We are advancing the science of nutrition through scientific research conducted around the world. Since 2003, we’ve increased our research and development expenditures dramatically to advance the product-development process.
In 2011 the company spent approximately $25 million on the combined scientific areas of R&D, technical operations, scientific affairs, quality assurance/quality control, product safety and compliance. The company spent an additional $11 million on nutrition affairs, product licensing and strategic sourcing.
At Herbalife, there are 180 scientists on staff, of which 19 have PhDs. The company’s internal staff is supplemented with 30 consulting scientists, all with PhDs. From January 2011 to date (March 2012), the company has initiated 12 clinical studies, of which five relate specifically to the Formula 1 product.
Note: Formula 1 is an existing product, which excludes it from R&D expenses reported under current FASB rules, which only allow expenses to be classified as R&D if they relate to new products or "significant" changes to existing products.Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB)
In support of building Herbalife’s brand as the premier nutrition company in the world, we are expanding our Advisory Board to include leading experts around the world in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyles with ‘nutrition’ as a primary focus. The NAB is chaired by Professor David Heber, Ph.D. , Vice President of Nutrition Education. Steve Henig, Ph.D. is Chief Scientific Officer with responsibility for the company’s product research and development functions. Nobel† Laureate in Medicine Lou Ignarro, Ph.D. is a member of Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), which advises the company on advancements in the field of nutrition science. The NAB includes experts from the EMEA region. These are Ralph Rogers, Ph.D. from the UK, Marion Flechtner-Mors, Ph.D. from Germany, Professor Lázló Halmy from Hungary, Professor Alla Pogozheva, Ph.D. from Russia, Julián Álvarez García from Spain, Joaquim Caetano from Portugal and Professor Nikolaos Sitaras, Ph.D. from Greece.
Herbalife’s commitment to science and innovation
The Mark Hughes Cellular and Molecular Nutrition Laboratory Herbalife is dedicated to fostering the exploration of nutritional frontiers as a way to help humanity achieve its potential for optimal wellness. In 2003, Herbalife helped establish the Mark Hughes Cellular and Molecular Nutrition Laboratory at the Centre for Human Nutrition at UCLA* as part of its mission to advance nutritional science through the most progressive research and development technologies available.
* The University of California, Los Angeles does not endorse specific products or services as a matter of policy.
Herbalife Product and Science Centre
The state-of-the-art Herbalife Product and Science Centre was recently opened at the Herbalife Plaza in Los Angeles’ South Bay area. Under the leadership of Chief Scientific Officer Steve Henig, a team of distinguished and dedicated developers and scientists use advanced technology, including a high-tech sensory lab, to create Herbalife’s world-class products, putting Herbalife at the forefront of producing the best nutrition and weight-management products in the world.