On Monday, April 20, Shaklee opened the Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee Global Innovation Center in Pleasanton, Calif., near Shaklee World Headquarters. The new Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee Global Innovation Center houses the Shaklee Research and Development teams in one location to enhance synergy and productivity among all the technical functions, with the goal of creating even stronger and more impactful innovations in the field of nutritional science. Leading the ceremony were Shaklee Chairman and CEO Roger Barnett, Chief Innovation Officer Emanuel Fakoukakis, and Nobel Prize Laureate and Shaklee Corp. Scientific Adviser Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn.
This facility contains state-of-the-art scientific equipment ensuring Shaklee products meet and surpass the highest industry standards of product purity and safety. All products within the Shaklee portfolio will be developed and tested in this facility by R&D functions, including nutritional research, ingredient development, product/process development, quality assurance, and quality control. With this new facility, Shaklee will now have more than 50 scientists based in the city of Pleasanton.
"It's exciting to participate on the Scientific Advisory Board," said Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn at the Center's ribbon cutting ceremony. "The new Global Innovation Center will allow for collaboration and promote the use of technology and research to help improve the health-span of people all over the world."
This year marks the celebration of 100 years since Shaklee founder, Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee, developed one of the first multivitamins, which has led to the global success of the Shaklee product portfolio, which now includes more than 100 products designed to improve overall health and wellness. Building on Dr. Shaklee's research, the Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee Global Innovation Center is an example of Shaklee continuing to invest in science, which will fuel technological advances in the health and nutrition industry for years to come. The charter of the Global Innovation Center is to deliver new product innovations that provide meaningful consumer benefits. In addition, Shaklee utilizes advanced testing techniques to guarantee that the ingredients and final products contain what they claim and are pure and free from contaminants.
"Historically, Shaklee has been a leader in the development of testing methodologies. In fact, many of our testing technologies are being used by the industry after having been developed by Shaklee," said Emanuel Fakoukakis, Chief Innovation Officer for Shaklee Corp. "In addition, we are invested in discovering nutritional trends and technologies through what we call 'open innovation,' a unique strategy of Shaklee, where we partner with renowned PhD scientists and university programs to identify key trends and ingredients with long-lasting benefits."
There is more in store for the next 100 years of Shaklee innovation. Shaklee will continue to assess ways to provide innovative and scientifically-supported products to aid healthy aging and improve the quality of life, while providing consumers with a wide-selection of vitamins and supplements that can be customized to individuals' needs.
"Innovation and science are at the heart of everything we do at Shaklee. This innovation center is just another step of our continued investment in the future, with the ultimate goal to help people live longer, healthier lives," said Roger Barnett, chairman and CEO for Shaklee Corp. "The commitment from all of us at Shaklee is that our work will fuel the prosperity of our independent Distributors, as well as the health of people whose lives they touch."