This episode is with Ara Katz and Dr. Azza Gadir, two powerhouse women behind Seed, an innovative consumer health company focused on the microbiome which is the collection of trillions of microorganisms which are mostly bacteria, that live in and on the human body. Seed’s daily symbiotic pill combines the best of probiotics and prebiotics developed for systemic benefits such as digestive health, skin health, gut barrier integrity, heart health, micronutrient synthesis and gut immune function.
Ara Katz, is the co-founder and Co-CEO of Seed. Prior to starting Seed, she Co-Founded and served as CMO of Spring, a mobile commerce marketplace and was also on the Founding Team of social commerce company, BeachMint. Ara’s breastfeeding experience led her to the microbiome and inspired a personal mission to explore the importance of microbes and how they can impact the health of our bodies, our children and our planet.
Dr. Azza Gadir is the director of research and development at Seed. She completed her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School where her published research was focused on the immunological mechanisms that underlie the role of the gut microbiome in conferring protection to diseases early in life. On today’s episode we get into both of their career journeys and what led them to devoting their life to unearthing the microbiome and all of its intricacies, they explain what the microbiome is exactly, what constitutes a probiotic and the dangers of brands marketing anything as a probiotic, how academia and scientific research gets lost in translation to the consumer, what advice they’d give to someone who is trying to find their passion, their love of problem solving and really taking a step back to identify how you want to spend your time and who you want to spend your time with.