2019 Hall of Fame Inductee
With over 25 years of industry experience, Dr. Jacqueline Shan has led the way in bringing natural medicine into the mainstream. Her innovative evidence-based approach to natural health products has set the standard for quality and efficacy in the industry. In 1995, she co-developed a technology that identifies the chemical profile and biological activity of natural health products, ensuring batch-to-batch consistency. This technology would eventually lead to the discovery of COLD-FX, which quickly became the number one selling cold and flu remedy in Canada.
A pioneer in evidence-based natural products and multiple award recipient in research and science- most recently, the NHP Research Society of Canada’s Top Science 2015 Neil Towers “Pride of Burma” Award- Dr. Shan continues to be an inspired innovator and champion in the Natural Products area.
In 2018, she co-founded Polar Bear Genome BioPharma to create evidence-based natural health products and medicinal cannabis products using its proprietary GenBioChem™ fingerprinting technology platform. Polar Bear Genome Biopharma opened its doors to its new building on August 8th, 2019 and construction will take place over the next 9 months to complete the 25,000 square foot, level 11, ISO, GMP manufacturing and analytical facility.
Dr. Shan has received over 25 national and international science and business awards. She has been chosen three times for the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 list of Canada’s most Powerful Women, and selected twice for Profit magazine’s W100 list of Canada’s top women entrepreneurs and inducted into the Canadian Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame. Reader’s Digest described her as a “world-beater” for innovation. She is the first and only female CEO to co-found and list her company on the TSX in the life sciences and consumer health sectors.