Our body is home to trillions of microbes (collectively, our human microbiome) that play important roles in metabolism, development of the immune system, and intestinal homeostasis. Research on the human microbiome is transforming our understanding of a broad range of human diseases. Microbiome imbalances are being associated with a growing number of autoimmune, infectious, and metabolic diseases, and in some cases have been shown to have an important role in driving pathology.
While food companies have commercialized probiotics for years, the typical organisms in yogurt do not survive long term in the human gut and their effects in human health are inconsequential. Vedanta’s approach represents a radical departure from food probiotics: we focus on communities of organisms that are essential dwellers of the gut ecosystem.