Born at the University of Queensland

By - Andy
26/03/2020 03:23 PM

The University of Queensland - It’s where the PERKii journey started over 10 years ago, after a team of gut-scientists set about overcoming a major challenge - how to ensure probiotics, with supported benefits (take a look at Our Probiotics page for more on the strains we use) could safely make their way to a person's gut. 

The result: PERKii micro-encapsulation technology - a natural, armour-plating that is used to protect the probiotics against PH levels in food and drink, as well as the acidic human stomach environment. 

10 years later, the PERKii brand still operates out of the University, and we have a team of scientists and product developers in the UQ lab working on improving our formula, extending it to products outside of our current range to get the most effective probiotics to our consumers. The best way possible, with the best people possible.

With the developing COVID-19 global situation and many of us taking the necessary precautions to flatten the curve through self-isolation, social-distancing and working from home, it’s unbelievable to see the efforts the University we call HQ is taking to combat the virus. 

On Sunday, March 22nd The Queensland and the Australian Government pledged a combined $13 million to UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences for a project to find a vaccine for COVID-19. 

As the only institution in Australia tasked by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, the University is now working tirelessly to develop a vaccine. 

The University’s Dr Keith Chappell said the ability to manufacture the vaccine and run the early-phase clinical trials simultaneously meant doses would be ready the moment the vaccine was approved for use, without compromising necessary safety studies.

Queensland Government Innovation Minister Kate Jones said the announced funding could “reduce by six months the time it would take to deliver an effective vaccine, which would otherwise take 18 months at the earliest.”

“If they can achieve this, it could mean there will be a vaccine available for emergency use among healthcare workers and vulnerable populations in early 2021” Kate Jones concluded. 

From all of us here at PERKii (working from home), we’re incredibly proud of the work the University is doing, we wish you all the best in finding a cure and we’ll all do our best to support in ‘flattening that curve’.

Team PERKii


Founded at the University of Queensland, PERKii is an Australian organisation using world-leading technology to deliver probiotics effectively to your gut. 

Bottled with over 1 billion micro-encapsulated Lactobacillus Casei probiotics (one of the world’s most documented strains) PERKii is currently available in 5 flavours: Mango Passionfruit, Strawberry Watermelon, Apple Ginger, Forest Berry and Tropical Splash.

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