History

From insight to innovation

Probi® was born out of a visionary research project at Lund University, Sweden, whose aim was to discover whether administering specific probiotics to critically ill patients could enhance therapeutic outcomes and improve their chances of recovery.

Based on the success of this project, which began in the mid-1980s, a patent application was filed for Lactoplantibacillus plantarum 299v (LP299V®) today the company’s most studied bacterial strain. This research was the genesis of Probi's founding in 1991.

Professor Bengt Jeppsson was a true probiotic pioneer and is also one of the founders of Probi. Listen to his story!

Professor Bengt Jeppsson was Sweden's first probiotic pioneer of his kind and is also one of the founders of Probi. Listen to his story!

Step by step

Probi entered the commercial market in 1994 with its launch in Sweden of ProViva, a fruit drink beverage based on the LP299V strain.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, continued research and development paved the way for an international expansion, and the 2005 launch of Probi’s gut health concept, Probi Digestis®.

Five years later, Probi’s immune health concept, Probi Defendum®, was launched.

The first US agreement for dietary supplements was signed the following year, beginning a period of rapid expansion in the North American market.

In 2016, positive results in repeated clinical studies, evaluating the effects of probiotics on iron absorption, led to the launch of Probi FerroSorb®.

With the acquisition of US company Nutraceutix in 2016, Probi became a vertically integrated probiotics company, with expertise in R&D, fermentation, production, quality, regulatory, marketing, and sales.

In 2018, Probi entered a new health area and launched Probi® Osteo, a clinically documented probiotic concept, supporting bone health.

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