Who we are
Thank you for taking the time to read more about us! My name is Jalal, I run OptiBac Probiotics, and this is our story:
My father and I started up the OptiBac Probiotics brand in 2004, under the company name Wren Laboratories Ltd. Dad dedicated over 35 years to working as a successful community pharmacist, and with a passion for health & wellbeing was keen to move into something with a stronger focus on natural health this time. We had both been blown away by taking probiotic supplements ourselves, and were excited to discover more about the possibilities of probiotics and health.
We are proud to be a family business; I now run OptiBac Probiotics on a day to day basis, still with dad’s helping hand from time to time. I managed to draft in my two sisters, and the rest of the team is as good as family even though there may be no blood relation. We are a UK company based in Andover, Hampshire where my sisters and I grew up, and we now have a small office in London as well.
Above: At my wedding in 2011, with my sisters, dad, and beautiful wife!
We have partnered with some of the world's leading probiotic institutes, and are dedicated to developing an expert range of the highest quality. Our range consists of 12 different probiotic supplements which we sell on to health food stores and independent pharmacies nationwide (through our sister company and wholesaler, Medipharma Ltd), as well as direct to customers (UK and internationally) here on the website.
Our expertise is in taking specific species and strains and using them to target different health conditions. This is very important as research continues to show that different probiotics will have different modes of action in the body. We are proud to offer some probiotics which are entirely unique to the UK, including pure Saccharomyces boulardii, Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12® with Fructooligosaccharides in Bifidobacteria & fibre and 'AB Life' live cultures of Lactobacillus plantarum in For your cholesterol.
We all take the probiotic supplements on a daily basis, and believe wholeheartedly in what we do.
The website is full of up to date information and news on probiotics and digestive health, we hope you will find it informative and easy to navigate. In particular we are very proud of our excellent reviews so please take a look! And do contact us with any questions or feedback on the products or website. We’d be delighted to hear from you.