Matt Wood, Founder and CEO
Matt Wood is the Founder and CEO of Probiotic Holdings. Since 1996, Matt has been a pioneer in developing probiotic technologies. His work with probiotics has resulted in global engagements in microbiology, agriculture, water treatment and human health. He led the launch and funding of Probiotic Holdings/SCD Probiotics in 2004 to develop and commercialize consortia fermentation technologies for multiple industries and has been the lead executive in building out SCD’s global network of manufacturers and distributors. In 2012, he led the launch and funding of Proviera Biotech to develop and commercialize sustainable products for the leather tannery industry. Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in soil and atmospheric sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in bioproduction from the University of Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan.
Dr. Narin Tipsrisukond, Executive Vice President of Technology
Dr. Narin Tipsrisukond is the Executive Vice President of Technology for Probiotic Holdings. Narin has 13 years of R&D experience focusing on agricultural and food-grade supplements. Prior to SCD, he worked as the head of R&D for BioSyntropy, a privately held firm specializing in natural microbial-based products. While at BioSyntropy, he established QA/QC programs to follow USFDA GMP guidelines for dietary supplements. Since joining SCD, he has successfully led efforts to develop bio-based probiotics derived for tannery and cleaning products. He also led the development of proprietary consortia cultures, which are the basis for SCD Probiotics’ top-selling non-food grade products. Narin leads and manages tactical and strategic research and development, as well as all intellectual property development plans to achieve SCD Probiotics’ and licensing program objectives. He is responsible for the application, training and technical support of all of SCD Probiotics’ licensees. Narin has multiple research publications as part of his understanding and development of food and agricultural sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture/animal science from Prince Songkla University, Thailand; a master’s degree in food science from the University of Missouri; and a PhD in food science from the University of Missouri.
Fabio Duarte, Business Development – Animal Health
With deep technical, financial, and business experience, Fabio Duarte grew Global Saúde Brazil’s animal health and animal nutrition business to more than 100 clients and partners—including three of Brazil’s largest shrimp producers and two of the Southern region’s largest tilapia producers. He led his team to perform more than 20 scientific studies using SCD Probiotics technology, streamlining Global Saúde’s animal health protocols and validating product claims by producing compelling data and evidence through vigorous scientific processes.
While growing the company’s work with Poultry, Swine, Beef Cattle, Fish, and Shrimp production, Duarte also supported to the company’s emerging plant agriculture business—helping produce scientific studies and working with local producers to help improve soybean and corn yields, including major corn producer Mato Grasso. He also helped produce studies on solid fertilizer (compost) and its nutrient availability, before and after SCD’s technology application.
Duarte has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, and a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance. Previously, he spent six years at Accenture in Brazil as a Corporate Performance Consultant and 7 years at mining company Vale as Head of Business Development for their private Railway and Port in Mozambique.
Michael Millard, Senior Manager of Operations
Michael Millard brings more than 20 years of operations experience in fast-paced and high-tech environments. He is skilled in establishing quality, safety, and financial measurements that positively impact the overall operations performance of a company, and effective in improving processes, increasing quality, and building and training teams. Prior to SCD Probiotics, Millard served as Operations Manager for Neovia Logistics, where he oversaw 125 employees and was responsible for all operations of a seven days-per-week, multi-shift 3PL. He has also worked as an Operations Manager for Amazon, Plant Manager for PaperWorks Industries, and Material Operations Manager for MeadWestvaco/WestRock. Millard holds a MBA from Baker University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Park University, is Lean Six Sigma Certified, and APICS CPIM Certified in Production and Inventory Management.
Dr. Joan Carlos Castell – VP of Technical Applications
Dr. Castell brings deep technical and business experience in chemical engineering, research and development, and product management to his role as Probiotic Holdings’s VP of Technical Applications. Prior to joining Probiotic Holdings, he worked at Stahl—Proviera partner and world leader in the specialty chemistry of coatings, processing and treatments and sustainable chemical solutions—as the Global Technical Manager for Proviera and Beamhouse. Prior to joining Stahl, he was also an integral part of Proviera’s biochemical product development, spending three years as Proviera’s Global Technical Director. He has also worked as an independent consultant and as Managing Director for AIICA (Spain), TFL Holdings (Germany), TFL Mexicana and as Product Manager at Ciba-Geigy (Switzerland and Spain).
Castell has helped perform several research projects, most of them related to environment and green chemicals for the leather industry and has had articles published in recognized technical journals. He has participated in Regional and International Congresses as a lecturer. From 2008 to 2016 he was chairman of the ISO Commission for the standardization of chemical tests on leather. He is a member of the American (ALCA) and Spanish (AQEIC) leather chemists’ associations. He is also currently President of the AQEIC and VP of the International Union of Leather Technicians and Chemists Societies (IULTCS).
Castell received the AQEIC Merit Award in 2013.
Castell received his PhD in Industrial Chemical Engineering and Master’s degree in Leather Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalunya (UPC) and his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Barcelona.