Dr. Muhammed Majeed is, quietly, a groundbreaking figure in the nutritional and cosmeceutical ingredients industries. As the founder of both Sabinsa Corporation and Sami Labs, his commitment to utilizing science to discover why traditional Indian herbs are beneficial, and then expanding their applications, has resulted in an array of unique branded ingredients backed by more than 100 patents across the globe.
After graduating from Kerala University in India with a BS in Pharmacy, Dr. Majeed immigrated to the U.S. in 1975. He continued his graduate studies in Long Island University, New York (M.S.) and St. John’s University, New York (PhD), specializing in industrial pharmacy.
After 14 years in research with Pfizer Inc., Carter-Wallace and Paco Research, Dr. Majeed founded the Sabinsa Corporation, a research-oriented pharmaceutical and nutraceutical company. in 1988. In 1991, he set up Sami Labs Limited, a research group, in Bangalore, India. Under his leadership, Indian Ayurvedic herbs were studied in depth, confirming traditional benefits and often finding new ones, as well as developing proprietary extraction methods. The company expanded into cultivation to insure a steady supply of raw materials grown to control common agricultural adulterants, structuring the program to improve the lives of many rural farmers in India.
Many herbs that have become massive industry success stories were pioneered by Sabinsa, such as garcinia cambogia, coleus, curcumin and black pepper extract. The company was one of the first to successfully develop and commercialize a shelf-stable probiotic nearly 20 years ago.
Today, Sami is a research, development and manufacturing group in the areas of standardized herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, probiotics, spice extracts, minerals, fine chemicals, phytochemicals and specialized drug intermediates used in the nutritional, pharmaceutical and food industries. It has factories in Kunigal, Nelamangala, Dobaspet, all in the state of Karnataka, and in Genome Valley in Hyderabad. The combined companies have nearly 1,000 employees.
Sabinsa Corporation is committed to keeping the spirit of innovation alive in the industry, through sustained intellectual property creation and protection efforts. Sabinsa’s facilities are cGMP compliant and NSF certified. To ensure ingredient quality and conserve biodiversity, cultivation efforts in over 40,000 acres of land in India are undertaken, along with nearly 6,000 farmers in place. Several green processes and initiatives including supercritical extractions are used to reduce environmental impact. Sabinsa also holds memberships in multiple industry trade associations.
In the decades since Dr. Majeed founded Sabinsa Corporation, the company has consistently exemplified the ideal best practices in the herbal ingredients industry. The company’s demonstrated commitment to quality, science and innovation serve as an example of how companies should conduct themselves in order to quiet industry critics. This included funding clinical studies on their own products and censuring borrowed of science and intellectual property theft. As the industry matured and “commoditization” of healthful ingredients became the norm, Sabinsa was among the few companies that decried the associated inevitable decline in ingredient quality and emphasized branding and standardization to ensure safety, efficacy and consumer confidence. He foresaw today’s global supply chain challenges and the difficulties created by supply chain quality failings.
Dr. Majeed gives back in many ways, perhaps most significantly through the Dr. Majeed Foundation. A major objective of the foundation is to facilitate a support base for children from poor families for their education, irrespective of their caste, creed or religion. Funding for schools to have proper infrastructure is another major task to which his foundation is dedicated.