Posted 4th October 2017 by Jane Williams
Interest in microbiota has reached all areas of human health and disease. As a result, the therapeutic potential of probiotics has expanded. 2013 saw a surge of investment into prebiotics and probiotics, coinciding with an increase in microbiome funding. In the last decade, investment has quadrupled.
Posted 8th September 2017 by Jane Williams
Isn’t it frustrating when you follow a great piece of research back to the publisher, but can’t read it? We’ve compiled 7 of the best synthetic biology journal articles of August and better yet, they’re open access.
Posted 11th August 2017 by Jane Williams
2013 saw a dramatic increase in synthetic biology investment: a trend which continues year-on-year. In 2016 there were 8x more investments than in 2005 and having already surpassed 2016’s numbers, 2017 is set to be the biggest yet.
Posted 14th July 2017 by Jane Williams
A critical point in any field of research is that of commercialisation; when research builds to the point that the dam bursts, bottlenecks open and opportunities are ripe. 2016 saw the largest peak in microbiome investment since 2012 when the CRISPR-Cas9 ‘instructions’ were published.
Posted 15th May 2017 by Jane Williams
Written by Marcelline Goyen
Amsterdam was full of “international microbes” during the 4th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: Europe. More than 300 people interested in human microbiomes met at the Beurs van Berlage to listen to current research and meet colleagues and partners.
As an editor for Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Huidtherapie (NTVH), a Dutch magazine for Skin Therapy, and a skin therapist interested in the microbiome, I was lucky to be able to attend this meeting and I’d like to share with you some of the insights I gained.
Posted 5th December 2016 by Jane Williams
As a start-up looking for funding, every venture capital firm might seem the same, but all money is not created equal. When you present yourself to a venture capitalist, you’re selling to a business. This means you need to get to know their business and what motivates their decision-makers.
Posted 30th September 2016 by Jane Williams
Although yoghurt by itself is a nutritious food which contains calcium for bone health, many yoghurts on the market advertise themselves as “probiotic” yoghurts, and are sometimes up to 3-4 times as expensive as non-probiotic yoghurts. Is it really worth the extra expense and how do you choose which one to buy?