Seres Therapeutics GoodNature opens location in Tempe near Arizona State University

Don’t be surprised to see ads on the way from Trader Joe’s to Tempe for a company trying to pay people to poop for the love of science.

GoodNature, a subsidiary of biotech company Seres Therapeutics, hails from Massachusetts and opened a clinical research retail branch in Tempe.

GoodNature has leased retail offices inside the Cornerstone Mall, right next to Trader Joe’s and Einstein Bros. coffee and bagels.

Based in Cambridge, the late-stage clinical-stage biotechnology company specializes in microbiome therapeutics. A microbiome is a community of microorganisms which in this case means living inside humans, while therapeutics refers to curing a disease.

Although the new center is within walking distance of Arizona State University’s main campus and a five-minute drive, you don’t have to be enrolled in college to get paid to contribute your stool, which is technically given.

Eligible donors could earn at least $25 and up to $75 for their grooming efforts and no more than $1,200 per month for the offbeat gig.

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The new Tempe location is GoodNature’s third facility. The other two are in Cambridge and Irvine, California.

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It was not immediately clear whether the business, which opens March 17, is trying to compete with plasma and blood donation banks that routinely offer visitors money in exchange for their own bodily fluids.

In theory, peddling your healthy biological specimens can buy a keg of St. Patrick’s Day beer for those looking to earn some extra cash.

Party alongside the Tempe Chamber of Commerce today between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a full-effect ribbon cutting at Suite 207 inside 725 South Rural Road.

“Tempe was primarily determined due to local demographics. Our donors tend to be younger, but I want to emphasize that this is a high millennial population, and because Tempe has that kind of population, we were drawn to you,” said Jennie Starr, spokesperson for Seres Therapeutics.

The program screens donors between the ages of 18 and 50, of normal weight, who do not smoke and who have no history of gastrointestinal disease, including lactose intolerance. The company also excludes donors with a history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Will there be a line for the corporate bathroom this week? We will see how healthy individuals who go through it might react.

“I don’t care, I’m going to poop for someone. That would be weird, but I mean, if they pay, they can have my poop. I mean, I don’t want it,” said ASU student Jeff Hazeltime.

To donate, applicants must first complete GoodNature’s questionnaire. If the candidate meets the initial screening requirements, they will then undergo a telephone screening. If approved, donors will schedule an appointment to provide three donation samples for testing by GoodNature. Donations must be made on site.

Keep these dog bags at home, only human stool is allowed.

“In fact, we cannot accept more than one donation per day, but we encourage our donors to become regulars. Ideally, a donor would come at least three times a week, and we encourage them to come as often as we are open,” Starr said. “In Tempe, that would mean Friday through Tuesday. We will be open five days a week, and we have intentionally chosen these days. We really want it to be practical. We’re open before work, we’re open lunchtimes and weekends to make giving as easy as possible.”

Click to enlarge GoodNature has leased retail offices inside the Cornerstone Mall, right next to Trader Joe's and Einstein Bros. coffee and bagels.  - GOOGLE MAPS

GoodNature has leased retail offices inside the Cornerstone Mall, right next to Trader Joe’s and Einstein Bros. coffee and bagels.

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Seres Therapeutics created the GoodNature stool donation program to research and develop a treatment for gastrointestinal conditions. Specifically, Clostridioides difficile, or “C. diff,” a life-threatening bowel disease.

Such a mission could encourage some customers to make a donation.

“If it’s for a noble cause to cure an illness or something, yeah. I mean the money is great, of course, of course, I won’t say no,” said ASU student Mohammed Ghamdi. “But if I know the company is doing it for a good reason, that might make me want to go. with that more.”

Seres being a “late clinical stage” company might give the impression that it is dealing with late stage diseases, but that is not the case.

“When Seres says we are at an advanced clinical stage, it means we are working towards potential [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] approval of this experimental microbiome therapy, which is designed to reduce the occurrence of C. diff infection,” said Starr, a company spokesperson.

The new Tempe location is GoodNature’s third facility. The other two are in Cambridge and Irvine, California.

Visit the GoodNature website or call 520-428-5644 to begin the selection process.

For those on the wall about stool donation, the words of President John F. Kennedy may be helpful. Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask yourself what you can do for your country.

Instead of entering Trader Joe’s to use the gender-neutral bathroom on the way to class, students could choose to visit GoodNature instead.