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Meet Our Director of

Research and Development



“Researching plants and how they can heal the body has been my passion for over 40 years. Little did I know that my trip to Peru in 1998 to investigate maca would result in one of the biggest breakthroughs of my career - Femmenessence, proudly, the only natural product to demonstrate, in clinical trials, statistically significant effects on hormones in peri- and postmenopausal women.”*

Henry Meissner, PhD - Specializes in Nutritional Biochemistry


  • O.I.C. Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory, Institute of Zootechnics, Balice, Cracow (1964-70)
  • UN FAO Research Fellow at Rowett Research Institute, Bucksburn, Aberdeen, Scotland, (1968)
  • Nutrition Department Head, Central Laboratory of Food Industry, Lublin Poland (1970-72)
  • Project Leader, Herbal Extraction Lab., Ruakura Res. Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand (1972-76)
  • Senior Lecturer, Applied Biochemistry, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia (1977-78)
  • Lecturer, Nutritional Biochem. & Environmental Physics, Sydney University, Australia (1978-79)
  • Project Leader, Nutritional Biochemistry, Centre for Research & Development, Bogor, Indonesia (1979-82)
  • Senior Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Res. Org. - CSIRO-Australia (1982-92)
  • Director, Australian Food Information Centre, CSIRO-Sydney, Australia (1983-92)
  • Research Fellow, US Department of Agric, Mayaguez Res. Station, Puerto Rico-USA (1984-85)
  • Executive Director (R & D), Technology Transfer & Development – TTD International Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia and Hamilton, New Zealand (1987-)
  • Research Fellow, Availability of Nutrients, Biochemical Aqua-Database, Oceanic Institute,Hawaii, USA (1991-98)
  • Visiting Professor, Biochem.of Herbal Extraction & Refining, Nagoya University, Japan (1992-97)
  • Professor (Hon.), Poly-culture for “Three Gorges Project”, Hubei University, China (1994-98)
  • Senior Consultant and Project Coordinator, UNIDO-IPS, Beijing, China (1996-98)
  • Senior Technical Advisor, China International Centre for Economical & Technical Exchanges (CICETE), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Beijing, China, (1999-2000)
  • Professor (Hon.), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China (1995-99)
  • Research Associate and Consultant in Natural Therapeutics and Refined Herbal Pharmaceuticals, Regional Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Sydney, Australia (1995-2000)
  • R & D Consultant in Functional Foods & Herbal Extracts, Freedom Foods, Melbourne, (1995-)
  • International Coordinator & Project Leader, Joint China-Australian Project “Ecology Restoration and Management in the Mountainous Area Surrounding Bejing City”, International Cooperation Department, Commission of Science and Technology, Baoding, Hebei Province, China (1996-2000)
  • Project Leader, Computerised Quality Certification Network for Exported/Imported Food Commodities and Medicinal Herbs, AFIC, Sydney (Australia)–Lelystadt, (Holland) (1994-2001)
  • Director, R & D, Wild Herbs Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia (1998-2001)
  • Chairman, Therapeutic Res.Fund,Charles Sturt Uni. Foundation,Bathurst, Australia (1998-2001)
  • International Research Project Coordinator, Camptotheca acuminata – Xi-Shu Tree for Cancer Cure & Prevention, Northern University Harbin, China (1999-2001)
  • Professor (Assoc.) in Therapeutic Research, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Aust. (1999-2001)
  • Project Coordinator, Joint Therapeutic Research Project on Medicinal Plants, Australia-Poland, Research Institute for Medicinal Plants, Poznan, Poland (2000-)
  • International Coordination, Distant Education Post-Diploma Courses for Medicine Graduates in Complementary Medicine, Pomeranian Medical Academy, Szczecin, Poland (2000-2002)
  • Director (R & D), Nature Corp Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia (2001-2006)
  • Chairman, Therapeutic Research Oceania, Sydney Australia (2001-2004)
  • International Project Coordinator (Environmental Restoration), Forest NetWorld, Sydney Australia (2002-2004)
  • Chairman, Greening China Fund Ltd, Hong Kong-ZhuHai, Beijing (China) and Sydney (Australia) (2002-03)
  • Director of Research and Development, Natural Health International and NHI Inc. (2006-)
  • Director of Research and Development, Symphony Natural Health, Utah, USA (2018-)



  • Honorary Professor, Hubei Agricultural Universiyty, Hubei Province, China (1993)
  • Honorary Professor, Chinese Academy of Agric. Science, Beijing, China (1996)
  • Visiting Professor, Nagoya University, Japan (1992)
  • Honorary International Editorial Board Member, Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica (2001)
  • Editorial Board Member, Herba Polonica (2015-)
  • Coordinator of the Project “Identifying Phytochemical differences between Maca cultivated in Peru & China” in association with Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Institute of Medicinal Plant Development (IMPLAD), Beijing.



Some 320 research & technical publications in professional journals, 21 books and 11 book chapters.