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Hi, We're Layer Origin Nutrition

It started with two Cornell scientists who were researching ways to make human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) without using human milk.

They became fascinated by the amazing health benefits of this unique fiber and decided to start Layer Origin to develop the best line of HMO prebiotic supplements — by leveraging the latest scientific findings.

At Layer Origin, we believe that we truly are what we eat. The food we consume feeds us and the bacteria in our gut. By strategically rebuilding the bacterial ecosystem of our microbiome, we can actually optimize many aspects of our health — and it can work at any age.

This philosophy drives us every day in our pursuit of the world's most forward-thinking prebiotics. Safe (FDA GRAS), pure, effective, and featuring clinically-proven ingredients, PureHMO® super prebiotics help us build a robust gut to support every layer of our health.

We invite you to start your origin story today.

Jason Zhang, PhD and Beau Berman

Co-Founders, Layer Origin Nutrition

Our Approach

At Layer Origin Nutrition, our HMO does not contain any human milk. Instead, it's produced via an enzymatic fermentation process and results in a powder that is bio-identical to the HMO in real human milk. Thankfully, it comes with all the same benefits of milk-based HMO.


Two food scientists met in a Cornell University laboratory in 2017 and realized they both had a passion for improving human health. After nailing the science, they partnered with a former Emmy-Award-Winning Journalist turned communications pro, to tell the Layer Origin Nutrition story. The company is now made up of a small team of scientists and staff from Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Missouri, Auburn University, Penn State University, and University of North Carolina.


The comprehensive line of Human Milk Oligosaccharide products includes variations for goals such as gut health, immune support, weight management, skin health, and hydration. With multiple patent applications filed and proprietary formulations, Layer Origin Nutrition is more than a supplement company. We are a technology company that specializes in processes for developing products that can optimize the human gut microbiome for enhanced health outcomes.

Since 2017

We began conducting research and establishing the company in 2017, before eventually launching sales in early 2020 (right as an unprecedented global pandemic was taking hold — great timing!). Our launch came only after multiple years of research and formulation, and obtaining trademarks. Despite the pandemic and other obstacles, Layer Origin Nutrition has seen steady growth since its inception and continues to expand its line of HMO prebiotics for gut health improvement.


Layer Origin Nutrition is proudly based in beautiful Ithaca, New York (about a four-hour drive from NYC and a five-and-a-half-hour drive from Montreal) at the Cornell Business & Technology Park.

Our facility includes offices, research labs, and warehouse. Ithaca is nestled in the Finger Lakes region of central New York, It's a wonderful place described as "10 square miles surrounded by reality" because of its breathtaking outdoor spaces and bohemian vibes.

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