Company History

From the beginning

Our story is a genuine account of patience, innovation, and passion. It began in 1983 when Mr. Claude Chevalier, president of the Dairy Bureau of Canada, met Dr. François-Marie Luquet, a renowned French microbiologist, during a Dairy Conference in Copenhagen. Dr Luquet, formerly employed by the Pasteur Institute, had succeeded in isolating a bacterial strain of human origin as early as 1960: a very particular lactic culture from an acidophilus base with remarkable therapeutic properties. Mr. Chevalier, for his part, had acquired over twenty years experience in marketing and business management at the national level. It was only ten years later, in 1993, in Paris, in the course of a meeting between Dr. Luquet and Mr. Chevalier that the plan to create a healthy, nutritious and therapeutic probiotic, from a culture of L. acidophilus CL1285®, L. casei LBC80R® and L. rhamnosus CLR2® maintained alive and active in a food substrate, was born. Their dream was to unite the resources of pharmaceutical science with the ideals of the health food industry. A Montreal-based research team developed, tested, and fine-tuned the product in conjunction with research laboratories in St-Hyacinthe and at Université Laval in Quebec. The combination of the L. acidophilus CL1285®, L. casei LBC80R® and L. rhamnosus CLR2® strains is the basis of the Bio-K+ CL1285® formula. This unique composition received the approval of France’s Pasteur Institute and Quebec’s Armand-Frappier Institute. The formula was clinically tested, and in 1996 the Bio-K+ CL1285® line of probiotics was launched.

Industry-leading, sustained growth

This canadian biotechnology company has enjoyed sustained growth since its incorporation in 1994 by its founder M. Claude Chevalier, under the name of Bio-K Plus International Inc. The company has maintained the highest level of commitment to research and development since its inception. Over that time Bio-K+ International has seen its product line expand while its markets have sustained consistent growth. Bio-K+ International currently employs more than 80 professionals.

Looking ahead

Interest in the extraordinary qualities of Bio-K+ probiotics among consumers and healthcare professionals in Canada, the United States, Europe and elsewhere continues to grow. Awareness of the health benefits of probiotics is rising dramatically, reaching a much larger group of consumers. Making better, more-informed, choices about probiotics is in the interest of consumers and those in healthcare. Bio-K+® products are available in health food stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, and healthcare providers' offices across North America, and are expected to be available soon in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Europe. Bio-K+® is a proven, superior probiotic product whose time is now, whose future is bright, and whose potential is boundless.