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Providing Organic Probiotic Technology for a Sustainable Future

SCD Probiotics is a life sciences company researching, developing, and manufacturing natural probiotic products based on the principles of Consortia Probiotics Technology. SCD Probiotics is fundamentally different from other products because its probiotic strains are grown in “consortia”, a process of co-growth that combines multiple strains during production. Ultimately, through the proprietary consortia culturing processes, the microorganisms become a small ecosystem — much more resilient and working together synergistically. This methodology is more similar to how microorganisms actually survive in the natural environment.

SCD makes probiotics for a variety of human, animal, and environmental applications in a new, state-of-the-art fermentation and bottling facility in Kansas City's West Paseo District. These all-natural probiotic products used in agriculture, industrial, home & garden, human health, livestock, aquaculture, and tannery industries are distributed to SCD’s licensee network and used by customers internationally.

SCD has been marketing and selling probiotic products globally since it was founded by Matthew Wood in 1998. Matthew Wood went on to earn a master's degree at the University of Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, specializing in probiotics research. Like Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, and the Wright brothers, Wood then started SCD from a garage. That shoestring operation in Columbia, Missouri, has grown into an international success. And after exponential international business growth, SCD and Wood received kudos from governors and government ministers for creating a simple yet sophisticated licensing program worthy of much larger companies.

His mother, an artist and founder of the Union Hill Arts Gallery in Kansas City, died of leukemia when he was just 18, cause unknown. Wood theorizes there was likely not one but many factors to blame, such as the volatile organic compounds found in paints and the DDT widely used in the 1950s and 60s on commercial crops, in gardens, for urban mosquito eradication, and even for domestic pest control.

“I got into biology, agriculture, and health, because of what happened to my mother,” he says. “How we grow the food we put into our bodies and process the water we drink and flush and the fabrics we wear can affect our health, sometimes dramatically. And now, with SCD technology, it helps improve our health and reduce pollution which improves people’s lives who work in the otherwise polluted industry. It’s rewarding to have it come full circle.”

SCD follows the Food Grade current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) Guidelines enforced in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration. GMP guidelines provide a system of processes, procedures, and documentation to assure the product produced has the identity, strength, composition, quality, and purity that it is represented to possess. Additionally, many of SCD products are listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in certified organic production.

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Proud recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

SCD Probiotics Awards

2005 Corner Stone Award from EDC

2010 25 under 25 Award Winner - KC Small Business magazine

2011 An award from Poland's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for the contribution to soil science

2011 KC Business' Rising Stars

2013 Governor's Exporter of the Year Award Winner: State of Missouri

2014 The Robert O. Reich Family Executive-in-Residence Program at the University of Missouri - Columbia

2015 Ingenuity Award Winner

SCD Probiotics Awarded Missouri Governor's Exporter of the Year Award 2013; Description: SCD Probiotics, was the recipient of the Governor's Exporter of the Year Award for its outstanding export performance. SCD Probiotics (, a life science company engaged in the research, development, and manufacturing of natural probiotic products, experienced a steady increase in export sales with exports consistently accounting for more than 70 percent of the company's sales.

Probiotic Technology and Global Health: Lecture by Matthew Wood