The science of probiotics demands precision. In collaboration with leading scientists and research partners from around the world, we develop research-backed probiotics for outcomes across gastrointestinal, dermatological, oral, pediatric, and nutritional health.
For humans, by science.
Our process starts with microbial strain validation through biofermentation, stabilization, scale-up, and clinical research.
Probiotic Strain Validation
Our strain bank consists of probiotic strains with extensive mechanistic and clinical data generated at academic institutions and research partners around the world—including Italy, Spain, Belgium, US, and Japan. Our strains are deposited in the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC).
We select our strains based on robust clinical and mechanistic research, and preserve the biologically active dose of each strain in our product. Further, we ensure that the full dosage of live and active bacteria is delivered at or above label claim throughout the entire shelf life and under even the most destructive shipping temperatures.
This—a metabolic process used by bacteria to generate energy for cell growth and multiplication—is how we culture our probiotic strains. Bacteria are sensitive. They must be cultured with care to ensure viability. We optimize biofermentation conditions for pH, strain purity, temperature, and 28 other factors.
During this process, cells are selectively tagged with fluorescent "markers" and counted by a laser as they pass through a tube. In testing for AFU (Active Fluorescent Units), flow cytometry is used to calculate a more precise measurement of all viable, injured, and dead probiotic cells, including ones that are efficacious but not necessarily culturable (and therefore, would not be counted in a traditional plated colony forming units (CFU) measurement—what you’re probably used to seeing on probiotics labels).
Our probiotics are among the first to undergo end-to-end, whole-genome testing—the application of nanopore and shotgun sequencing of microbial DNA to genetically validate each strain and species.
We partner with leading academic research institutions and notable Primary Investigators to validate our rationally-designed probiotic formulations through double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Our human clinical work, in combination with strain-specific clinical research and our in vitro data generation, allows us to identify novel endpoints and benefits for human health, while contributing advancements to the fields of microbiome and probiotic science.
Simulator of the Human Intestinal Microbial Ecosystem (SHIME®)
Bacteria are fragile; they’re sensitive to heat, oxygen, light, water, and they don’t do well without protection from stomach acids or bile. With this in mind, we test our products in SHIME®, the closest system developed to model human digestion and the gut.
Our products are tested and verified free of all 14 classes of allergens according to EFSA, and Seed abides by and adheres to the stringent requirements established by CA Prop 65, or "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986".
With 50+ quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) checkpoints, we monitor purity under both US and European protocols (including cGMP + HACCP) throughout the production cycle with no skip-lot testing. Our fermentation culture media do not contain any animal tissue or biological material.
We go beyond what’s required for regulations enforced by the US Food and Drug Administration; we also adhere to global quality standards outlined by Japan’s Foods for Specified Health Uses (FOSHU) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Our Scientific Board consists of scientists, researchers, doctors, and authors across the fields of microbiology, immunology, genetics, metabolomics, gastroenterology, pediatrics, molecular biology, and transcriptomics—including primary investigators from the NIH’s Human Microbiome Project. They lead labs, teach at world-renowned academic institutions, and have among them 2800+ publications and over 140,000 citations in peer-reviewed scientific journals and textbooks.
Gregor Reid, PhD, MBA
Jacques Ravel, PhD
George Church, PhD
Belinda Tan, MD, PhD
James Versalovic, MD, PhD
Janet Jansson, PhD
Joseph Petrosino, PhD
Martin J. Blaser, MD
Shruti Naik, PhD
John Ryals, PhD
Maurizio Fava, MD
Alessio Fasano, MD
Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD
Sarkis Mazmanian, PhD
Jan Claesen, PhD
Maria Gloria Dominguez Bello, PhD
Christopher Mason PhD
Azza Gadir, PhD
Geoffrey Preidis, MD, PhD
Microbes for the future, and for our Earth.
As the earliest inhabitants of this planet, microbes hold immense potential for our future. Beyond their impact as consumer probiotics, their applications range from living medicines that transform how we prevent and treat disease to environmental interventions that will address some of the most pressing challenges facing our collective home.Learn about SeedLabs
Explore DS-01® Daily Synbiotic
At the three-hour mark of incubation, the ViaCap® capsules were fully dissolved and delivered a maximal release of living probiotics—maintaining the full value of the starting dose (10.57 log vs 10.60 log, or about 100%), indicating viability through the end of the small intestine.
ApproachDiversity, Equity + Inclusion in Clinical Research
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Clinical Research
The underrepresentation of minority groups in clinical trials has contributed to egregious gender and racial data gaps and significant systemic disparities in care.
Beyond what is imperative—that all persons, regardless of sex, race, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation deserve acknowledgement in the field of scientific research—diversity in clinical trials is essential.
We commit to the inclusion of a broad representation of identities and experiences in all aspects of our clinical research to enrich the biological, ethnocultural, and linguistic diversity of our study population, the applicability of the research findings, and to foster inclusiveness in clinical research and equity in health.
- Our Commitments
- Set diversity recruitment targets.
- Remove enrollment barriers—geography, transportation costs, multilingual materials and scheduling—through partnerships with tech-enabled trial platforms.
- Recruit a diverse range of physicians and hospital staff at trial sites to ensure cultural awareness and multilingual resources.
- Utilize technology and social media to recruit remotely when possible and to increase reach of enrollment efforts.
- Ensure accessibility considerations for products, treatments, and education.