House Wellness Foods (""HWF""), established in 2006, acquired Takeda Food Products Ltd., the former food division of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (circa 1957). HWF develops and manufactures clinically proven functional ingredients in the nutrition and food industries to help CPG brands further appeal to its health-conscious consumers.
Researchers working with one of Japan's most prestigious immunology laboratories, the Medical Institute of Bioregulation at Kyushu University, spent five years looking at probiotic organisms looking for something unique to improve immune health. Ultimately, they discovered a particular lactic acid bacterium, Heat-Killed Lactobacillus Plantarum Strain L-137, that possessed potent immune-enhancing actions. The commercial name listed on dietary supplements and functional food products for this natural ingredient is Immuno-LP20TM.