The public was reminded that scientific progress could often be a double-edged sword and that independent scientific assessment of new technologies was needed prior to the introduction of exciting new products into the marketplace. That is, an "honest broker" -or third party - was needed to determine whether new products and therapies were safe. Against this backdrop the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) established LSRO at the formal request of the U.S. Army Research Office. The Army sought expert opinions and analysis of biomedical issues relating to its military personnel, and LSRO was born to meet this need.
In 1997 LSRO became an office of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences and in 2001 incorporated as LSRO, Inc., an independent, non-profit company. Though our affiliations have changed, our mission has not: to benefit society by evaluating biological information and scientific opinion for the public and private sectors. LSRO, Inc. has forged associations with several professional scientific societies who nominate members to our independent Board of Directors. Thus, LSRO keeps focused on the application of sound scientific principles.
In 2010 LSRO was renamed "The Life Sciences Research Organization."
LSRO has established an international reputation for providing unbiased scientific counsel to government agencies, industry, and associations. To date, our in-house staff and scientific expert panels have produced more than 375 reports, monographs and journal articles, and conducted hundreds of scientific meetings nationwide.