About us

Symprove Ltd has over 25 years of experience in research and development (R&D), moving the technology from its original farming roots, and developing it further for human consumption. In 2005, patents were filed for its proprietary delivery system.

Following extensive research, a range of independent testing, and meeting the challenges of all the regulatory bodies for transfer of technology to humans, the company began to market Symprove in 2008.

Symprove Ltd has a purpose-built production facility in Farnham which uses the latest production processes to produce very high purity bacteria cultures. The company continues to grow and its board of directors now includes physicians and industry experts, providing a wealth of experience and knowledge.

The company continues to be research-driven and is constantly striving to support research into gut health and the microbiome.

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Scientific researchers and collaborators

Professor Simon Gaisford, UCL School of Pharmacy
Professor Simon Gaisford

Professor Gaisford is Head of the Department of Pharmaceutics at UCL’s School of Pharmacy. He joined in 2003, having previously been a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Huddersfield. Prof Gaisford is an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Manchester and has published 137 papers and four books.

Dr. Frédéric Moens, ProDigest
Dr. Frederic Moens

Dr. Moens is a project manager in microbiome research with research organisation ProDigest. He is skilled in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology and has published many academic and journal papers. He has a PhD in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.

Professor Ingvar Bjarnason, Kings College Hospital
Professor Ingvar Bjarnason

Professor Bjarnason specialises in treating aspects of gastrointestinal disease. He is the author of over 250 peer-reviewed clinical papers. He takes a holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment, based on his own research.

Dr. Bu Hayee, Kings College Hospital
Dr. Bu Hayee

Dr. Hayee is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at King’s College Hospital and has been Clinical Lead for nearly five years. He trained at Guy’s Hospital and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2015. He is nationally accredited for bowel cancer screening colonoscopy and has a specialist interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Professor Vanya Gant, University College London Hospital
Professor Vanya Gant

Professor Gant is Consultant Microbiologist and Clinical Director for Infection at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases at UCL Hospitals Trust, which he joined in 1999. He spent five years at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals Trust as Senior Lecturer in Microbiology. He has an active research programme and serves on several Government-appointed national committees.

Dr. Pieter Van den Abbeele, ProDigest
Dr. Pieter Van den Abbeele

Dr. Pieter Van den Abbeele performed his PhD at LabMET, Ghent University, and was awarded a science and health award for his work. After postdoctoral research at Ghent University, Pieter Van den Abbeele joined ProDigest bvba as Chief Scientific Officer.