Industry and Academe Team Up To Develop Microbiome-based Therapies For Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Industry and Academe Team Up To Develop Microbiome-based Therapies For Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
San Francisco based Second Genome, Inc., a biotech firm specializing in novel medicine development through applied innovative microbiome science, has formed an alliance with the University College Cork (UCC), Ireland's Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) Microbiome Institute to advance the development of therapies that prevent and treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Scientists from both partners will collaborate efforts to explore the microbiome's role in IBD by analyzing patient data from which to identify new therapeutic intervention opportunities. Second Genome brings microbiome science to therapeutic product discovery and development, having established a pipeline of microbiome modulators that impact infection, immunity and metabolic diseases. Second Genome’s development pipeline is accelerated by novel technologies that can identify, screen and scientifically validate product candidates and microbial biomarkers. Second Genome’s technologies have been rigorously validated through partnerships with leading pharmaceutical and nutrition companies, as well as academic and governmental research institutions like the APC. The APC is a partnership between UCC and Teagasc, the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland whose mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bioeconomy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. Teagasc has more than 170 scientists and clinicians working on the human microbiome -- the vast collection of microbes living in and on the human body that plays an important role in the health of the
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