About us

Empowering healthy living through innovation in nutritional healthcare

Our mission

Vitabiotics has manufactured innovative health care products for over 40 years; a British company committed to human health and research.

Based in London, Vitabiotics has created a unique portfolio of products at the forefront of scientific developments in key sectors, including nutrition and women’s health.

Designed to provide maximum efficacy by supporting the human body in its own natural processes, each product is developed using the latest research available, and produced to the highest pharmaceutical standards.

Innovation is the key to Vitabiotics’ success. This means keeping at the leading edge of international research on the one hand, while remaining sensitive to specific consumer needs on the other.

Vitabiotics has a profound commitment to translating the latest scientific advancements into effective products, which are fully integrated with modern consumer lifestyles. Vitabiotics’ brand portfolio includes some of the fastest growing supplements in the UK and numerous brand leaders.

Vitabiotics guarantees the highest technological skills and a dedication to excellence.

Our milestones

1970’s
1980’s
1990’s
2000’s
2010’s

1970’s

  • Vitabiotics was founded in 1971 by Dr. Kartar Lalvani OBE.
  • The first product launched was Oralcer, the patented and licensed mouth ulcer treatment.
  • Launched Omega-H3 the first true comprehensive multivitamin. Even today it is still the No.1 selling nutritional supplement in many countries around the world.

1980’s

  • The Company established international manufacturing facilities and invested in research that paved the way for brands such as for Pregnacare, Osteocare and Menopace.
  • Other brand launches: Feroglobin B12 liquid and capsules, Perfectil and Immunace.

1990’s

  • Professor Arnold Beckett OBE appointed Chairman.
  • Brand launches included Diabetone, Wellman, Wellwoman, Visionace, Cardioace and Jointace.
  • National UK distribution acquired in key retailers such as Boots, Superdrug, Tesco and Sainsburys.
  • Acquisition of regional Merck & Co facilities.
  • 1996 Vitabiotics celebrated its 25th anniversary at the House of Commons.
  • UK market data confirmed Pregnacare, Menopace, Perfectil and Osteocare are all No.1 in their category.
  • Vitabiotics presence extended to over 65 countries worldwide.

2000’s

  • New brand launches: Wellwoman, Neurozan, Dietrim, Wellkid, Wellteen, Tricologic, Immunace and Liverel .
  • Launch of vitabiotics.com as an integrated e-commerce site.
  • 2000 Vitabiotics acknowledged with DTI (Department of Trade & Industry) Export Award in 2000 for outstanding achievement in export.
  • 2001 Vitabiotics won BT vision 100 Award, as one of the UK’s top 100 Most Visionary Companies.
  • 2002-2005 Vitabiotics awarded Vitamin Supplier of the Year for four years running by Boots, Europe’s largest pharmacy chain.
  • 2003 Vitabiotics won the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade.
  • 2004 DTI Innovation Award, in recognition of the Immunace trial in HIV patients conducted by the London School of Tropical Medicine.
  • 2008 awarded the Queen’s Award for International trade for the second time.
  • 2008 Ernst and Young awarded Dr Lalvani the accolade of Entrepreneur of the year.
  • 2009 Boots awarded Vitabiotics Supplier of the Year in recognition of 99.9% supply chain delivery record putting Vitabiotics ahead of all other suppliers, in all other categories at Boots.
  • 2009 JP Morgan, Family Business Award recognised the success of our family owned company.
  • Acquisition of Sandoz Asia manufacturing facilities.
  • Vitabiotics became the UK’s second largest branded multivitamin manufacturer.
  • Export activity extended to over 100 countries.

2010’s

  • 2011 Vitabiotics celebrated its 40th anniversary.
  • Launched licensed traditional herbal medicine range e.g. Echinacea and Valerian.
  • Launch of Wellman Skin Technology topical skincare range, developed using ARMS (Advanced Research in Mens Skincare).
  • 2013 TiE awarded TejLalvani the accolade of Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
  • April 2013 Vitabiotics is very proud to become the first British company to receive the Queen’s Award for Innovation in vitamin research.
  • 2013 Vitabiotics becomes the UK’s No.1 vitamin supplement company (source: IRI value sales 52 w/e 20 April 2013).
  • 2013 awarded Boots Overall Supplier of the Year in all categories.
  • 2014 Vitabiotics Founder and Chairman, Dr KartarLalvani OBE, is awarded the honour of a Professorship from France’s leading centre of dermatological excellence, CERT, University of FrancheComté (part of one of Europe’s oldest 900 year old medical institutes at St Jacques, Besançon), awarded for ground breaking Perfectil skin research.
  • 2018 Vitabiotics is awarded its fourth Queen’s Award for Enterprise and the prestigious Innovation award for the second time (the only vitamin company to ever receive this).
  • 2018 Vitabiotics is announced as a major supporter of the forthcoming Medicines Galleries at the Science Museum, supporting the ‘Body’s Building Blocks’ section, due to open Autumn 2019

In tribute to our former chairman

PROFESSOR A.H.BECKETT OBE (1920-2010)

O.B.E., B.Sc, Ph.D., D.Sc., FRPharm.S., Hon DSc.’s (Heriot Watt, Leuven, Uppsala),
Professor Emeritus, University of London

CHAIRMAN, VITABIOTICS (1992-2010)

Vitabiotics is proud to have had world renowned scientist, Professor Arnold Beckett at its head for 18 years. Prof. Beckett pioneered Vitabiotics’ innovation of formulas for specific needs and life stages, as well as our philosophy of balanced, moderate levels of nutrients in synergistic formulations.

Professor Beckett was Head of the School of Pharmacy at Kings College, London for 25 years. He published 465 research papers and was founding editor of the distinguished international journal of Medicinal Chemistry. His professional posts included President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and the Medicinal Commission of the International Olympic Committee.

As part of the lasting Vitabiotics philosophy, which was strongly instilled by our Professor Beckett, Vitabiotics not only relies on published, peer reviewed data on its nutrient ingredients but also conducts trials on the product formulations themselves. We currently have a number of clinical trials already published, in progress, or awaiting publication, and were one of the world’s first nutraceutical company to have engaged in such high-quality clinical trials in this way.

Vitabiotics’ Awards