Please note: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will now be called "UT Health San Antonio."

Harbi Shadfan, Ph.D.


Dr. Harbi Shadfan founded SA Scientific in 1984, and has been the owner and manager of SA Scientific, LTD in San Antonio since then. The company is involved in manufacturing clinical diagnostic test kits and reagents for human, veterinary, and food safety industries. 

The company has about 80 employees, around 20 percent of which are involved in research and development.  We specialize in rapid chromatography tests that are easy to run and produce fast results. SA Scientific manufactures over 30 different assays that are sold worldwide.

Career Path
After obtaining his Ph.D. in mineralogy from the University of Hohenhem in 1976, Dr. Shadfan taught and conducted research in several universities in the Middle East and Texas A&M University. 

After eight years of academia, he decided to establish his own company in College Station, TX.  In 1985, he moved to San Antonio and has since been involved in the scientific and commercial part of his business.
SA Scientific has several internship and other job positions available for qualified graduates/graduate students.

Philosophy of Life
Dr. Shadfan's philosophies on life are focused on working hard and not being discouraged by failures. For starters, the harder you work, the luckier you get. And always remember that you learn more from failure than from success, so never, never give up - you are almost there.  Lastly, remember that true success is being proud of what you do.

Founder and President, SA Scientific, LTD


Ph.D., Hohenheim University, Germany, 1976