Since the late 17th century, our society has been learning about bacteria and how they affect our bodies. But it wasn’t until recently that we have become more aware of the true potential impacts of coexisting with trillions of microbes. The microbiome of a human body is diverse and facilitates both positives and negative interactions, in the latter case mostly related to the occurrence of severe diseases, be it allergies, infections, diabetes, or cancer.
There might be as many microbial as human cells in our bodies – so their impact on our health is fundamental. A growing number of companies are conducting research to uncover how our microbiome interacts with our health. The achievements show promising results, ranging from new cures or prevention of diseases altogether. We’ve picked out the top leaders unlocking the power of the microbiome across a range of areas.
Biomillenia has developed a proprietary technology platform that is able to isolate strains of beneficial microbes based on their functional traits at unprecedented speeds and volumes. The company’s core strategy is to incorporate these smart microbes or compounds into consumer or therapeutic products. These can be used to address microbial imbalance for skin, immune and digestive health, and the health of a mother and her infant.