Young Living Essential Oils on Thursday named its first-ever Chief Science Officer.
The company has appointed Michael Buch, Ph.D., former Senior Vice President of Research and Development and Product Management, to fill the new role. Buch joined Young Living in 2015, with nearly 30 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Since starting his career in quality control, he has led scientific divisions within top global companies and run advanced analytical laboratories.
At Young Living, Buch has led his team in bringing all product testing in house as well as developing new products, notably the company’s over-the-counter category, which launched earlier this year with essential oil-infused Thieves Cough Drops and Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream.
“Dr. Buch has taken members of an already skilled team and expanded their scientific capabilities, while enhancing the company’s ability to stay on the cutting edge of innovation,” said Jared Turner, Young Living Chief Operating Officer. “This is invaluable to the development of our products, as well as empowering our members’ ability to share the benefits of our products in new and powerful ways.”
Buch is a member of the Institute on Science for Global Policy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science whose work has resulted in more than a dozen patents in the healthcare field, as well as several books and peer-reviewed scholarly articles.