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Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira, award-winning microbiologist and developer of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic formulations was born in Osaka, Japan in 1936. He attended Okayama University, receiving his initial post-graduate degree from the school of agriculture. Upon graduation, Dr. Ohhira worked as a landscape architect, which provided him with his first exposure to lactic acid bacteria.

While early in his architectural landscape career, Dr. Ohhira was assigned to a major project being planned and constructed in Malaysia and while there became ill after consuming a locally brewed beverage. To help ease his digestive discomfort, a local resident offered him a "magic elixir" that “mysteriously and quickly” eased his distress while at the same time spurring his professional curiosity. What was this concoction?

After studying the Malaysian product as an amateur scientist, Dr. Ohhira was determined to learn its secrets and how it may benefit mankind, so he returned to Okayama University to earn his post-graduate degree in microbiology. During and subsequent to his studies leading to a doctorate degree in microbiology, Dr. Ohhira continued his studies of the "magic elixir”. He discovered that the drink was a fermented food containing various strains of lactic acid bacteria. He also learned that the strength of the lactic acid bacteria in the drink was derived from the many years of natural temperature fermentation that permitted the strong bacteria to get stronger, while the weak bacteria died off.

After more than ten years of scientific studies, Dr. Ohhira and his team of research scientists from Okayama University concluded that they sufficiently understood the “secrets” of lactic acid bacteria and were ready to begin their efforts to duplicate the ”concoction’s” ingredients, thus enabling them to offer people the curative effects of the mixture that had made such an impact on Dr. Ohhira years before. This was the humble origin of what has become known in the world as, Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics.

In 1991, The Japanese Dairy Science Association honored Dr. Ohhira for his paper describing a special strain of lactic acid bacteria – E. faecalis TH10. This strain was determined to be 6.25 times stronger than any other strain of lactic acid bacteria known to bacteriologists. It is found only in Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics® and other probiotic products formulated by Dr. Ohhira.

Dr. Ohhira’s thirst for knowledge has led him to pursue additional studies related to lactic acid bacteria. He also received a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medical Science from Azabu University in Japan.

Dr. Ohhira has authored or coauthored more than 20 scientific articles on lactic acid bacteria. His main areas of scientific research include:

  •     Research and development of anti-allergy foods, utilizing lactic acid bacteria and other useful microorganisms.
  •     Promotion of chemical-free organic farming and fruit cultivation, including prevention of continuous cropping-related problems, through the use of lactic acid bacteria and various useful microorganisms.
  •     Research in chemical-free golf courses, exploiting the benefits of lactic acid bacteria and other useful microorganisms.

Dr. Ohhira is a distinguished member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Japanese Society of Bacteriology, Japan Health Food & Nutrition Food Association, Brewing Society of Japan, Japanese Society for Food Science and Technology, Japanese Society of Food Microbiology, Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry, Japanese Dairy Science Association, Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Japan Society for Lactic Acid Bacteria, Japanese Society of Veterinary Science, Japanese Society for Virology and Society for Antibacterial and Antifungal Agents. He has lectured at universities in Japan, Korea, and Malaysia and has consulted with various governmental entities in China. He is a 2004 recipient of the prestigious Gusi Award.


Biography

  • Feb. 1936: born in Osaka City, Japan
  • Mar. 1960: graduated from Department of Agriculture, Okayama University, Japan
  • May 1971: enrolled in the Graduate School of Agriculture, Okayama University
  • Mar. 1973: completed his Master’s degree of Agriculture at Okayama University
  • Jun. 1974: founded Bio Activity Research & Development Center
  • May 1986: studied under Professor Toshitaka Nakae, a world authority on research in lactic acid bacteria, Department of Agriculture, Okayama University
  • Apr. 1987: enrolled in the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University
  • Mar. 1990: received a Doctorate of Natural Science and Technology from Okayama University
  • Jun. 1992: enrolled in the Laboratory of Microbiology, Kagawa Medical College (chiefly researched toxins)
  • May 1998: assumed the office of the Technical Advisor on Agricultural and Environmental Issues, Chengdu, Suchuan, China
  • Jun. 1999: received a Doctorate of Science in Health Science from Adam Smith University of America
  • Dec. 2000: received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Azabu University, Japan
  • Apr. 2001: thirty years have passed since foundation of company

Awards

  • Mar. 1980: The Meritorious Services Prize from Sandakan Town Board, Malaysia
  • Aug. 1980: The Meritorious Services Prize from Kota Kinabalu Town Board, Malaysia
  • May 1981: Okayama Nichinichi Newspaper Prize
  • Sept.1981: Ari Daja Kinabalu (ADK) from Sabah, Malaysia
  • Aug. 1991: Japanese Dairy Science Association Prize
  • Aug. 2002: Presidential Citation from Philippine Medical Association
  • Aug. 2004: Presidential Citation from The International College of Surgeons, Philippine Section
  • Dec. 2004: GUSI Peace Prize, The Philippines


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Biobank researches and develops health foods, cosmetic products and other products using only natural ingredients including lactic acid bacteria.

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