Your burning questions, answered.
We appreciate your curiosity about the GoodNature™ Stool Donation Program and will do our best to quell it here. These are just some of the questions that pop up about the program. Please contact us here if you have any other questions.
What’s the purpose of the program?
The purpose of the GoodNature™ Stool Donation Program is to collect poop from healthy people and then study the poop in hopes of advancing medical treatment options or potentially providing commercial therapies for gastrointestinal infections and disorders. One such fatal disease is C. difficile, or C. diff for short. C. diff is a bacterium that can cause a large range of symptoms, from everyday diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon.1 Some people with C. diff are even housebound due to a shortage of treatment options. GoodNature™ is a Seres Therapeutics program.
Who Is Seres Therapeutics?
Seres Therapeutics’ mission is to transform the lives of patients worldwide with revolutionary microbiome therapeutics. As a late-clinical stage biotechnology company with a strong development pipeline and rigorous scientific underpinning, Seres is working to revolutionize treatment of a wide range of diseases by modulating the function of the human microbiome. Seres has an exceptional team of drug development and microbiome experts. The leadership team, board of directors, and Scientific Advisory Board have vast experience in the discovery, development, regulatory approval, and successful commercialization of a wide range of therapeutic products. Seres’ visionary team has been at the forefront of microbiome therapeutics for over a decade.
Who can participate?
The program is recruiting healthy individuals who have regular bowel movements and are 18 to 50 years old, are of a normal weight, don’t smoke, and have no history of gastrointestinal disease or alcohol or drug abuse. People cannot participate while they’re pregnant, though we encourage them to keep us in mind for the future. And you don’t need health insurance to participate. So chances are good that you’re a candidate.
If I were to participate in the program, how does it work?
If it’s determined through the screening process that you’re a good fit, you’ll be required to provide a poop sample at the donation center near you three to four times a week for as long as you continue to be eligible. We cannot accept any drop-off or shipment of poop. During your visits, you may also be asked to have a medical screening, which includes a physical or a blood draw. This will likely happen once every two to six weeks.
Will I get paid for my time and donations?
We absolutely respect your time and know how valuable it is to do something for the greater good. With that in mind, the program will give you up to $75 for every donation and up to $75 for every medical screening. Donors can also receive on average $500 bonuses for donating at least three times a week during a donation period lasting four to six weeks or longer. You can donate as long as you continue to be eligible. Compensation may vary by city and is subject to change.
You’re telling me I get paid to do my business, and someone with C. diff could potentially benefit too?
All right then, how do I get started?
Your first move is to take our questionnaire and see if you’re eligible to participate.