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Joe M. McCord

Joe Milton McCord
Residence Denver, Colorado
Citizenship United States
Fields Biochemistry
Institutions University of Colorado
Alma mater Rhodes College, Duke University
Doctoral advisor Irwin Fridovich
Known for Discovery of superoxide dismutase

Joe Milton McCord (born March 3, 1945) is an American biochemist. While serving as a graduate student, he and his supervisor Irwin Fridovich were the first to describe the enzymatic activity of superoxide dismutase.[1][2] McCord joined the board of directors of the LifeVantage Corporation (makers of the dietary supplement Protandim) in 2006, serving as the company's chief science officer from 2011 to 2012, and retired from the company in June 2013.[3]

Academic Background

McCord received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Rhodes College (graduated 1966) and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University (graduated 1970), where he also conducted postdoctoral research.

McCord has held biochemistry faculty positions at Duke University Medical Center, University of South Alabama, and the University of Colorado Denver.

McCord is a past recipient of the Elliott Cresson Medal, the Discovery Award from the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRBM),[4] and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxygen Society. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Buenos Aires and has served as Honorary President of the International Society of Antioxidants in Nutrition and Health (ISANH) and as Chairman of the Third International Conference on Superoxide Dismutases at the Institut Pasteur.


McCord has served on the board of directors (Director of Science) of the LifeVantage Corporation since 2006[5] and is listed by the SEC as an insider shareholder.[6] LifeVantage is a Utah-based multilevel marketing company that distributes an antioxidant dietary supplement known as Protandim. McCord has co-authored 7 studies on the product[7][8][9][10][11][12][13] and participates in distributor training.[6] McCord served as Chief Scientific Officer for LifeVantage from June 2011 until September 2012, and then became a member of the company's science advisory board. LifeVantage announced McCord’s retirement in June 2013.[3][14] Under the terms of the separation agreement, McCord was to receive a payment of $1.7 million from the company.[14]


McCord has published articles in various scientific journals and books.[15]


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