—Dr. Myron Wentz, visionary, scientist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur
Dr. Myron Wentz is an internationally recognized microbiologist, immunologist, and pioneer in the development of human cell culture technology and infectious disease diagnoses. Dr. Wentz created Gull Laboratories in 1974 where he developed many of the world’s first FDA approved laboratory assays for viral diseases. He broadened his focus from infectious diseases to chronic degenerative diseases by establishing USANA Health Sciences in 1992 to develop advanced nutritional products. Dr. Wentz founded Sanoviv Medical Institute in 2000 – a model holistic and integrative medical center and hospital – located in Baja California.
Myron Wentz was drawn to both science and music from an early age, and he was an accomplished trumpet player. He even considered pursuing music professionally.
At the age of 17, Myron Wentz lost his father to heart disease, and throughout his life many of his family members suffered from degenerative diseases. These traumatic events, combined with his passion for the life sciences, helped shape his purpose in life—to improve the health and well-being of people all over the world.
Dr. Wentz holds a bachelor's degree in biology from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, a master's degree in microbiology from the University of North Dakota, and a PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Because of his vision for a healthier and better world, Dr. Wentz is a devoted humanitarian and philanthropist. He is the inspiration for the USANA Foundation, a charity with a mission to help those suffering from hunger and malnutrition by providing them consistent nourishment and creating sustainable solutions for them to build their own food independence. He founded the Wentz Medical Center and Laboratory in Uganda and the Wentz Medical Center in Cambodia, which serve children orphaned by diseases such as malaria and HIV. With the generous donations of many USANA Associates, a facility bearing Dr. Wentz’ name was also established in Malawi. Working with the Children’s Hunger Fund, Dr. Wentz has continued to establish Medical Centers in other impoverished areas of the world. A total of seven centers have been established so far and there are two more projects underway. In addition to the Medical Centers, Dr. Wentz has helped fund the creation of several Mercy Centers and more are being established through his generous pledge for this purpose.
Dr. Wentz has also donated generously to his alma mater, North Central College.
To learn more about Dr. Wentz’ philanthropy work, visit the Humanitarian page.
Dr. Wentz is the author of A Mouth Full of Poison, Invisible Miracles, and coauthor of the best-selling book The Healthy Home. He is also the author of a number of scientific papers. For more details, visit the Publications page.