The Microbiota, a major health topic yet to be fully explored

The role played by the microbiota in human health has been of growing interest for the last decade. Ground-breaking research about this topic is booming and has led to a better understanding of how over a trillion microorganisms, which live in our gut (bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi), interact to keep the digestive system functioning properly and to form a complex ecosystem that plays a fundamental role in human health and diseases.

However, there still remains a lot to be explored.

The Biocodex Microbiota Foundation for sciences advance and public health

As a world-renowned leader in microbiota research and a pioneer in probiotic treatments, Biocodex launched in 2017 a Foundation dedicated to enhancing scientific knowledge about the human microbiota, improving our understanding of microbiota, disseminating this knowledge as widely as possible and eventually, contributing to improve human health.
Each year, the Biocodex Microbiota Foundation awards annual grants to innovative scientific research projects that explore the role of microbiota and, in particular, the impact of its imbalance on the occurrence or evolution of various pathologies. To do so, the Foundation gathers both international and national boards of independent experts who select the most innovative fundamental or applied research projects to be awarded grants.
In addition to these grants, The Foundation offers the “Henri Boulard Public Health Award” that rewards innovative projects which are likely to provide an improvement to public health in pathological conditions linked to human intestinal microbiota imbalance.

About Biocodex

Founded in France in 1953, Biocodex is an independent multinational pharmaceutical company that studied and demonstrated the beneficial effects of a probiotic yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745® in the field of gastroenterology.

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Our values


To enable the Foundation to effectively fulfill its role and responsibilities, Biocodex and Biocodex Microbiota Foundation are two separate and legally unrelated entities whose operations are completely independent.


Trust in the scientific community, which guarantees that Biocodex Microbiota Foundation’s ambition is built exclusively on the authority of knowledge.


The projects we support aim at moving health forward for everyone, everywhere.

Long-term vision

The Foundation has a long-term vision, investing in the abilities and potential of scientific people to improve human health.


Marie Emmanuelle Le Guern

Vice President Research and Development Biocodex Laboratory Compiègne, France.

Murielle Escalmel

Global Microbiota Communication Director Biocodex Laboratory Gentilly, France

Maxime Prost à la Denise

Medical Affairs Director, France Division Biocodex Laboratory Gentilly, France

Lynne Mc Farland

Department of Health Services Research and Development, VA Hospital – Houston, USA

Aude Boclé

General Manager Biocodex Mexico

Xavier Roux

Head of Microbiology Department Biocodex Laboratory Compiègne, France

Alain Marié

Vice President of the Health Professionals Group Medical Director Quotidien du Médecin, Malakoff, France

Harry Sokol

Gastroenterology Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Saint-Antoine Hospital – Paris


Caroline Lachowsky


Science journalist at RFI and producer of the show “Autour de la Question”

Patrick De Boever


Research and Innovation Manager of the Centre of Excellence Microbial Systems Technology at the University of Antwerp

International scientific committee

Harry Sokol

President (F)

Gastroenterology Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, Saint-Antoine Hospital – Paris

Joel Doré


Research and Scientific Director of the MetaGenoPolis service unit (INRA) – Jouy en Josas

Francisco Guarner


Research Unit on digestive systems, Val d’Hebron Hospital, Barcelona

C. Högenauer


Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical University of Graz

Magnus Simren


Professor of Gastroenterology, University of Gothenburg

N. Segata


Head of the Laboratory of Computational Metagenomic, Center for Integrative Biology, University of Trento

E. Verdu


Professor at the division of Gastroenterology, Dep. Of Medicine, McMaster University - Hamilton

G. Wu


Gastroenterology, Ferdinand G Weisbrod Professor PennCHOP Microbiome Program Perelman, University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphie