October 15, 2014 — S.K. Dash, PhD, of Edina, Minnesota, will receive the Distinguished Alumni of South Dakota State University award on Oct. 24, 2014, at a banquet having more than one thousand dignitaries from all over the country. Dash will receive this award for his many contributions to probiotic research, development, and expanding the awareness of probiotics. He will also be honored at the 2014 Hobo Day Parade and Football Game on Oct. 25 in Brookings, South Dakota.
Dash is credited for his probiotic innovation, which has grown from merely $10 million 10 years ago to about $35 billion today. Additionally, awareness has grown from 5 percent 10 years ago to more than 85 precent today.
Dash received his PhD from South Dakota State University in 1973 and worked as a director at South Dakota State. He later established his probiotic company in Minneapolis in 1979. His pioneering products are now distributed in 55 countries worldwide. Currently, UAS Laboratories LLC is under new management.
Actively involved in social and philanthropic activities in U.S.A. and abroad, Dash helped build Kalinga Hospital, a world-class hospital in India, and Hindu Mandir, the largest temple in the U.S. He also established probiotic innovation centers and endowed chairs at Indian Institute of Technology, in Bhubaneswar, India, and at South Dakota State University, in Brookings, South Dakota.
Dash has served and/or is serving as director and/or president of Orissa Society of America, Hindu Society of Minnesota, India Association of Minnesota, Kalinga Hospital, Hospital Corporation of Orissa, International Probiotic Association, and other organizations.
Assisting more than 300 students for higher studies, Dash presents cash awards to students in the U.S. and India. He has sponsored high schools, colleges, and orphanages in India, as well.
Dash has received honors and recognition from Minnesota State, Orissa Society of America, Orissa State, Minnesota India Association, and many others for his probiotic innovation and philanthropy.
Source: DD Innovations Inc.