About Us

Commense is pioneering a deep understanding of the microbiome early in life and its fundamental role in promoting a lifetime of health. Drawing insights from natural exposures to beneficial microbes, Commense is developing approaches to guide the priming, seeding, and maintaining of the microbiome in infants and children. We are working with the world’s leading microbiome scientists, physicians, and product developers to develop a novel category of products to address critical unmet needs in pediatric populations



The Microbiome

Hygiene has played a critical role in maintaining health. However, in recent years, society has started to confuse “cleanliness” with “sterility”. Whether it be antibacterial washes and wipes, over‐emphasizing the sterilizing of kitchenware, or overusing antibiotic prescriptions, modern society has mounted an indiscriminate assault on the “microbiome” – the good bacteria that live in and on us.  It is becoming increasingly clear that this attack on the microbiome is having a profound effect on many aspects of our health, from our immune systems to our metabolism, and with it a corresponding rise in diseases like asthma, diabetes, obesity, and allergies in children. Nurturing a healthy microbiome early in life represents a novel strategy to significantly reduce the impact of these diseases. Recent work has begun to reveal sources of these beneficial microbes in nature, as well as strategies to optimize their transfer, colonization, and persistence in the human host.