SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LifeVantage Corporation (Nasdaq:LFVN), a company dedicated to helping people achieve healthy living through a combination of a compelling business opportunity and scientifically validated products, announced today that Shawn Talbott, Ph.D. has accepted the role of Global Chief Science Officer for the company effective January 6, 2014. Dr. Talbott is the recipient of a dozen competitive research awards and has published over 200 articles and 10 books on nutrition, health and fitness. He holds a Diploma in Sports Nutrition from the International Olympic Committee and has served as a nutrition consultant and educator for elite-level athletes in a variety of sports, including professional triathletes, members of the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association, the United States Ski and Snowboard Association during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the Performance Enhancement Team for the United States Track and Field Association, and the United States Olympic Training Centers. Dr. Talbott received his M.S. in Exercise Science from University of Massachusetts and his Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers University. He has completed the Entrepreneurial Master's Program from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Nutrition. "We are excited to have Shawn lead our research and development team," said LifeVantage President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas C. Robinson. "I believe his strong background as a researcher, author and nationally-recognized nutritionist — combined with our strong science-based product offerings — will enable us to continue to expand our healthy living product offerings." Dr. Talbott added, "I am honored to join LifeVantage — a company with a primary mission to help people achieve their optimum level of health. With its patented nrf2-activation product, Protandim, as a foundation, LifeVantage is perfectly positioned for what I view as the next phase of natural products for helping people to perform at their peak mental and physical potential."