TMBC Monthly Newsletter, May 2017, V6

Every month The Microbiome Coalition (TMBC) will bring you the latest in research, news and information to keep you up to date on the microbiome industry.

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Microbiome in the Spotlight

The Microbiome Space: An Overview
Almost daily I get contacted by someone asking about the microbiome space, how it operates, who the keys players are, what challenges does it face, how they can get into the space or who they can help in the space. So I am constantly on the lookout for good introductory material that clearly articulates these issues and highlights the work of the companies at the leading edge of this field. This article from Science,Mining microbes: Creating genomic tools to fight disease is one such resource I would recommend, read more here


In Business News

Taconic Biosciences Expands Microbiome Product and Service Platform
Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in genetically engineered mouse models and associated services and the only commercial provider of germ-free mice, announced that effective April 26, 2017 they will expand their microbiome product and services platform to include custom Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) services. Full article here

Gut check: Microbiome Patent Update - Nixon Peabody LLP
Despite challenges imposed by U.S. patent law regarding naturally-occurring organisms and their products, patents relating to the microbiome and microbiome-based therapeutics are rapidly issuing from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Full text here

Innovative Microbiome-based IBD Therapeutics to Be Developed Under New Partnership
Takeda Pharmaceuticals announced a strategic new collaboration with NuBiyota to develop Microbial Ecosystem Therapeutics, a new form of treatment for patients with gastroenterology disorders who fail to respond to available treatments.The partnership will foster the development of oral microbial products using NuBiyota’s gut microbiome platform. Full article here

Seventure Partners Expands Microbiome Investment to Israeli Company
Seventure Partners announces that it has invested €3 million in Israeli microbiome therapeutics company BiomX (formerly called MBCure) through its Health for Life Capital™ investment vehicle. It is the first time that Seventure Partners has invested in an Israeli life sciences company. BiomX focuses on developing novel therapeutics to alleviate human diseases stemming from dysbiosis of the microbiome. Read more here 

OmniBiome, Inc. Announces First Oral Microbiome Therapy for Periodontal Disease
OmniBiome, Inc., announced today the successful development of an oral microbiome probiotic intended to treat periodontal disease delivered by an oral appliance. The device is a removable appliance which delivers therapeutic agents capable of restoring microbiome diversity in the oral cavity, and thus conceptually reducing recurring inflammation. Full article here


In Research News

Research Links Microbiome Makeup To Remission in Pediatric Crohn’s
Early changes in microbial community structure are associated with sustained remission after nutritional treatment of pediatric Crohn’s disease, according to researchers in Canada. Their novel approach to documenting microbiome differences also seems to predict sustained remission after exclusive enteral nutrition (EEN). Full article here

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Imbalanced Microbiome
Scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have discovered abnormal levels of specific gut bacteria related to chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME/CFS, in patients with and without concurrent irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Findings are published in the journal Microbiome. Full article here

Are Probiotics the Answer to Acne?
In a new study, researchers concluded that the skin microbiome, or bacterial balance of the skin, has more to do with acne development than a single type of bacteria. Propionibacterium acnes has long been the bacterial culprit of acne, but Dr. Huiying Li, an associate professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), said that isn’t necessarily the case. Full article here

Alterations in Gut Microbiome Linked to Weaker Immune System and Type 1 Diabetes
New research from the Aalto University, in Helsinki, suggests that an interaction in the gut microbiome could be a critical factor in the development of type 1 diabetes in infants. Lead researcher and PhD student, Tommi Vatanen, found that the integrity of the gut microbiome during the first three years of life is critical for building a balanced immune system and protecting against type 1 diabetes. Full article here


Jobs Board

BioInformatics Scientist, CosmosID Rockville, MD Learn more here

Lab Director, Second Genome, South San Francisco, CA
Second Genome is expanding its genomics laboratory facility for conducting microbiome research. We are looking for an experienced lab director with background in NGS and other genomic technologies to lead the expansion of the services laboratory including acquisition of new equipment and staffing of new personnel. Learn more here

Whole Biome, Senior Research Associate, San Francisco
We are currently seeking a Research Associate. This person will be part of the Microbiology and Molecular Biology teams and will be responsible for supporting and enabling the discovery and development of novel, life-changing microbiome interventions for a variety of diseases. Learn more here


Upcoming Conferences

Microbiome Invest, May 30-31, London, England, UK
Meet and network with 70+ emerging companies, established biotech, multi-national nutrition and pharma, alongside notable investors in the industry. Days include "Pitch Your Microbes" Showcase, 1-to-1 Meetings, and Poster Sessions. Conference website here

IPA World Congress + Probiota Amercias 2017, June 7-9, San Francisco, CA
The IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas 2017 in San Francisco, June 7-9, explores the probiotic scientific frontier, its evolution and commercial application in food, supplements and related product areas. Conference website here

Microbiome Discovery and Development Congress 2017, June 12-13, Berlin, Germany
Oxford Global is proud to present the inaugural Microbiome Discovery and Development Congress on the 12 – 13 June 2017 in Berlin, Germany. This congress will bring together key opinion leaders and senior industry experts in microbiome drug discovery to discuss the latest innovative discovery strategies and technologies, the commercialization of the microbiome and the therapeutic potential. Conference website here

Microbiome Drug Development Summit, June 27-29, Boston, MA
Being part of Microbiome Drug Development Summit gives you the opportunity to get unprecedented access to the latest preclinical, clinical and commercial case studies from the brightest minds in biopharma and academia to turn microbiome discoveries of today into patient therapies of the future.Conference website here


Microbiome Awards, Fellowships and Prizes

Dannon Awards $50K to Student Scientists through Grant Program
From a pool of more than 120 applicants, leading yogurt company – The Dannon Company, Inc. – awards two, $25,000 grants to Erin Davis from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Haley Chatelaine from The Ohio State University. The honorees will pursue their own innovative research on the connection between yogurt and the gut microbiome as a result of winning the Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant. Full press release here

THE METAGENOMICS MVP CHALLENGE v1.0
The NIST-ABRF-CosmosID Metagenomic MVP Challenge v1.0 is intended to be the first of many challenges that will each address a different step of the measurement process.  The goal of Challenge v1.0 is to specifically identify and understand measurement bias associated with 1) shotgun library preparation techniques and 2) next-generation sequencing platforms. This challenge is open to the community at-large, learn more and enter here


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