Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Big Investments for Human Microbiome Research


The Human Microbiome Project (HMP) was a U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative that set the goal of identifying and characterizing the microorganisms which are found in association with both healthy and diseased humans, based on a budget of $115 million. The aim was to inform about human health or disease. Drawing on the wealth of data provided by the HMP, many companies are investing in microbiome based research.

Tim Sandle has written an article for BioPhrma Trends. Here is an extract:

"Capitalizing on new understanding of how imbalances in this ecosystem contribute to disease, a handful of startups aim to give physicians better weapons to fight conditions such as cancer, autoimmune disorders and infection. Examples include Vedanta Biosciences Inc, a start-up that has teamed up with New York University Langone Medical Center to study how bacteria can be used in the battle against tumors. Drug delivery is a related area with start-up Blue Turtle Bio utilizing bacteria from the gut microbiome as a drug delivery platform for supplemental enzymes intended to treat enzyme-deficient disease states."

To access, see: https://www.biopharmatrend.com/post/91-big-investments-for-human-microbiome-research/

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology

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