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.
At Herbalife, we are committed to advancing nutrition science. The development of Herbalife products is guided by HerbalifeScientiic Leadership made up of professionals in the felds of nutrition and health from around the world, who participate inthe company’s product development and testing programs.
Research & Development
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
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.