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Discovery & Development Drug Discovery, Standards & Regulation

Tuning in to Perfect Harmony

Microbiome research has not only captured the excitement of the scientific community, but also the general public, who are intrigued by the health impact of the trillions of bacteria that inhabit the various ecological niches of our bodies. Though the microbiome field initially focused on the role of gut bacteria on the onset and progression of C. difficile infection, a wealth of data proving the role of these bacteria in disease indications as varied as Parkinson’s and diabetes has begun to emerge; what was once thought of as a disease of the brain may actually be a disease of the gut...

A number of pharma, biotech and start-up companies are now keen to exploit the growing body of knowledge to develop drugs that target the microbiome directly or work in synergy with it to elicit a therapeutic effect – through live bacterial formulations, medical foods, or traditional small molecules. And it may be possible to manipulate the efficacy or side-effect profile of existing medicines by targeting the microbiome. What sets microbiome research apart from other areas of drug R&D is its newness. Companies have the freedom to evaluate and explore the diverse bacterial communities of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract using individual approaches because there is no “right way” of conducting research in this industry. 

Here, I speak with passionate microbiome experts who represent just a snapshot of an exciting research community that could transform medicine and drug discovery.

Restoring the Balance

It's All Connected

From Cynicism to Success

Regulatory Action

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Maryam Mahdi

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After finishing my degree, I envisioned a career in science communications. However, life took an unexpected turn and I ended up teaching abroad. Though the experience was amazing and I learned a great deal from it, I jumped at the opportunity to work for Texere. I'm excited to see where this new journey takes me!

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