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Andrew Shao, VP of Global Product Science and Safety, Supports the Science Behind Herbalife® Products

Give Herbalife Vice President of Global Product Science and Safety Andrew Shao the resources he needs and great results are sure to follow.

After spending many years as a senior scientist for the GNC corporation and the Council for Responsible Nutrition,Shao and his colleagues now ensure that Herbalife® products [1] reflect the most advanced scientific research and keep pace with the regulatory environment. “We are on a journey to redefine the standards in the industry,” he says when describing Herbalife’s commitment to developing and testing products with unprecedented scientific rigor [2].

Shao was always fascinated by science as a kid, and after learning the value of hard work in his family’s business, his interest in science led him to pursue a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry at Tufts University. The advancement of scientific research became his passion, and two esteemed mentors reinforced his commitment to scientific integrity.

He brings that same level of commitment to Herbalife and enjoys mentoring newer members of his team as they support the development of products around the world and answer questions local regulators may have about the safety and benefit of Herbalife ingredients. “We are beholden to science,” Shao says.

According to Shao, early evaluation of ingredients in the ideation stage of product development is critical to providing consumers with great products. So his department works closely with other Herbalife regional teams and supports them with scientific substantiation, innovation, academic outreach and product research.

As Herbalife continues to develop new products and improve existing ones, he looks forward to helping optimize ingredient specifications and building an infrastructure to support the company’s scientific process globally. “It’s a unique opportunity to be part of a nutrition company so committed to its scientific infrastructure,” he says. “I couldn’t work for a company that didn’t share my commitment to scientific integrity.”

Interesting facts on Andrew Shao
• Author or co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts

• 2010 recipient of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Alumni Association Award in the Leadership category for his work within the field of nutrition

• Mentors graduate students at Tufts University as the vice president of the Executive Alumni Council