Aworld-renowned scientist most commonly known for his revolutionary work in developing human cell culture technology and the diagnosis of infectious disease. He has dedicated his life to finding solutions to the world’s health concerns, and in doing so, created a superior nutrition system designed to nourish the human body on a cellular level. As a result of his efforts, Dr. Wentz was presented the Albert Einstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Life Sciences in 2007.
Dr. Wentz received a PhD in microbiology with a specialty in immunology from the University of Utah, an MS in microbiology from the University of North Dakota, and a BS in biology from North Central College. In his early career, Dr. Wentz served as director of microbiology for Methodist Medical Center, Proctor Community Hospital, and Pekin Memorial Hospital in Peoria, Illinois.
Dr. Wentz founded Gull Laboratories in Salt Lake City in the early 1970s. He spent 20 years developing and manufacturing more than 30 different diagnostic tests designed to detect infections and certain autoimmune disorders. Many of these assays were FDA firsts, and Gull’s greatest success was the creation of the first commercially available test for the diagnosis of Epstein-Barr virus infection.
Gull's contributions to the field of disease detection played a critical role in the world health arena, but Dr. Wentz believed the prevention of disease was even more important. Free radicals in the human body are believed to be the cause of most degenerative diseases, and Dr. Wentz saw the need for supplementing with antioxidants to counter the negative effects of free radicals. He concluded that the single most effective thing people could do to prevent degenerative disease was to receive proper nutrition at the most basic level—in each individual human cell.
Dr. Wentz worked to develop the finest viral antigens by creating a nutritional system to grow the healthiest and best functioning cells. This research convinced him that the principles of good nutrition are universal. Dr. Wentz firmly believes that with comprehensive nutrition the human body can sustain long-term good health.
With a determination to provide the world with access to vital nutrition, Dr. Wentz founded USANA Health Sciences in 1992 and created a state-of-the-art facility to manufacture high-quality nutritional supplements. It wasn’t long before USANA became a leader in the health and wellness industry with a full line of nutritional products designed to provide a complete and balanced spectrum of beneficial nutrients.
While Dr. Wentz believes nutrition is the best way to maintain health and reduce the risk of disease, he understands some people need more than just good nutrition to regain their health. So he founded Sanoviv Medical Institute—an innovative health and wellness center located in Baja California. As a fully licensed medical facility and hospital, Sanoviv was designed to provide a non-toxic, health-enriching environment where guests become metabolically, physically, and mentally balanced by blending integrative medicine with a holistic approach to healing.Go to Sanoviv's website