Dr. S.K. Dash, the probiotic pioneer in the U.S., is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of UAS Laboratories this year. When Dr. Dash started the company in 1979, probiotics was a tiny segment of less than $10 million with a very small specialty following. Today, that tiny segment has grown to represent a massive sector of the health supplement and food industry estimated at over $10 billion – and Dr. Dash has been right there supporting the industry’s growth, the entire time. Dr. Dash feels proud of his continued contribution to the growth of the probiotics industry.
Probiotics in the US – A David and Goliath Story
The story of how probiotics got started in this country is a true David and Goliath story. When Dr. Dash was Director of the FDA in South Dakota, he had been following probiotic research since the usefulness of L. acidophilus was first demonstrated by Nobel laureate, Eli Mechnikoff. Dr. Dash learned that in the 1950s a probiotic product had actually been licensed by the USDA as a drug for treatment of a disease called scour in pigs and calves caused by E. coli infection. Further research by Dr. Dash revealed that the probiotic supplement was 97% effective in combating E.coli infection in pigs with a cure rate as effective as the standard antibiotic treatments used at the time. This new treatment lost the battle to large pharmaceutical firms with millions of dollars in marketing, research and development so probiotics were lost to the country for quite some time.
The Vision to See Probiotics Possibilities
Dr. Dash left his high-profile government job and began working closely researchers at the University of Nebraska and other universities. There, scientists had worked on a strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus now called DDS®-1. DDS®-1 L. acidophilus was being researched extensively with published papers showing its health benefits. Researchers found that this special strain possessed properties significant to digestion and health. For example, it produced enzymes (proteases and lipases) to aid digestion. Other benefits, of even more significance, were the strain’s antibacterial actions, which were effective against many of our food-borne pathogens. Today, more than 200 papers on this bacterial strain have been published in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals. But at the time, DDS®-1 L. acidophilus was not commercially manufactured or available to the consumer. Thus, Dr. Dash formed UAS Laboratories, which became the first commercial manufacturer of DDS-1 L. acidophilus probiotic supplements that:
• Use a unique process of commercially producing, freeze-drying and naturally stabilizing the bacterium for delivery to consumers
• Introduce non-dairy, gluten-free, non-GMO probiotics
• Introduce quality control standards for probiotics requiring a guarantee of live bacteria (CFU/g) – now used as the standard, worldwide.
• Package probiotics with nitrogen to improve stability of probiotics
• Use in vitro, animal and human testing to prove that DDS-1 L. acidophilus can pass through the stomach acid, implant in the intestines and multiply 100 to 200-fold.
• Incorporate the prebiotic, fructooligosaccharides (FOS) with probiotics to enhance their growth in the intestines thus creating the synbiotic
Without these firsts, the probiotic industry could not have developed to be what it is today.
Still Helping the Industry Grow
Dr. Dash continues to ensure that this industry continues to grow and maintain the high quality standards that consumers demand. He has been a very active Scientific Advisor and Vice President of the International Probiotics Association. He also served at National Nutrition Food Association’s Probiotic Committee and as the Chairman of the National Probiotic Products Committee from 1975 to 1980. Dr. Dash is author of the book, The Consumer’s Guide to Probiotics – A Complete Probiotic Source Book and a co-author of User’s Guide to Probiotics, Health Benefits of Probiotics and The Garden Within with Dr. Keith W. Sehnert. Numerous technical and scientific articles on probiotics have been written by Dr. Dash. In addition, he continues to educate consumers and the health food industry on new developments and findings in the field by writing regularly in consumer magazines, speaking at trade group and professional associations.
About UAS Laboratories and DDS® Probiotics
UAS Laboratories, Inc. located at 9953 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA 55344, is the leading probiotic company established by Dr. S.K. Dash, the probiotic pioneer in 1979. UAS Labs provides DDS® Probiotic supplements to stores, in the USA and other countries. It also provides private label probiotics and probiotic raw material. DDS Probiotics are backed by over 40 years of University research, U.S. patent and trademark and are listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference. Dr. Dash, president of UAS Laboratories, is the Vice President and Scientific Advisor to the International Probiotic Association (IPA) and has received many national and international awards and honors for his pioneering work in probiotics.