The psychobiotic revolution has arrived
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The term "psychobiotics" was coined by cofounder Ted Dinan to describe the effect of gut bacteria and other biologics on the brain through the gut-brain axis.
Along with John Cryan, they have led the development of the field of gut-brain science for almost 15 years, and are now creating their first spin out firm based on their research.
The firm will conduct R&D and commercialise a pipeline of science-based patented strains, starting with "Bifidobacterium longum APC1472" , the team's first psychobiotic.
Bifidobacterium longum APC1472
Studies have moved from initial laboratory studies, through pre-clinical mouse trials to a large-scale human intervention trial involving 124 subjects, all described in a Lancet article below.
Psychobiotics is currently in the process of forming a spin out from University College Cork (UCC), expected in Q1 2021, where UCC and the founders will share the firm’s equity.Following this spin out, the firm will raise a seed round of 1.5 million euros to:
- Build marketing materials for online and offline brand building
- Manufacture and package the first capsules for sale through contract manufacturers
- Purchase shelf space in online / offline retail channels
- Engage full operational team to work from incubator space in UCC