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Myron Wentz ’63

Biology major

As founder of Gull Laboratories, Myron Wentz, Ph.D., developed the first commercially available test for diagnosing the Epstein-Barr virus, one of the world’s most common infectious diseases. Leveraging his entrepreneurial success, Wentz also founded USANA Health Sciences and Sanoviv Medical Institute. He's traveled with the Children’s Hunger Fund to address nutrition deficiencies in developing countries. To further address children’s health, he founded the Wentz Medical Centre and Laboratory in Uganda and the Wentz Medical Centre in Cambodia, serving children orphaned by diseases such as malaria and HIV. In 2007, Wentz received the Albert Einstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Life Sciences, which recognizes leaders who have “contributed to the critical advancement of vital life-saving and life-enhancing technologies to benefit mankind.”

Wentz received North Central College's Outstanding Alumni Award in 2003. He is an Honorary Trustee of North Central College.