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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.

Dr. Joan Carlos Castell – Technical Director
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.