Posted 20th March 2018 by Jane Williams
In the last installment, Kit Wallen-Russell explains why JooMo distances itself from probiotics, how third wave cosmetics can revolutionise skin health, and why biodiversity is so important to ensure perfect, healthy skin.
Posted 19th March 2018 by Jane Williams
Following on from his previous article about his research into the effects of everyday cosmetics on the skin microbiome, Kit Wallen-Russell delves deeper into the issues of the skin microbiome, by comparing the differences between biodiverse skin care and probiotic skin care.
Posted 15th March 2018 by Jane Williams
‘The most that can be expected from any model is that it can supply a useful approximation to reality: All models are wrong; some models are useful.’
This aphorism, simply articulated here by prominent British statistician George Box, gets to the crux of the dilemma we face when considering animal models for the study of human microbiome dynamics and mechanisms.
Posted 12th March 2018 by Jane Williams
“When it comes to healthy skin, microbial biodiversity is everything – that was the conclusion of my first published paper on the skin microbiome.” (Wallen-Russell, 2017)
Posted 1st March 2018 by Jane Williams
Translation. When we hear this word, it may evoke feelings of excitement, adventure and possibility that come with learning different languages or travelling to a foreign country. For scientists, ‘translation’ also suggests moving research findings from the laboratory into clinical practice. Just as words are translated, so too are research findings.
Posted 16th February 2018 by Jane Williams
Recent microbiome research has demonstrated the important role that these communities of microorganisms play on human homeostasis. The gut microbiome is being thoroughly studied, and other microbiomes are now becoming the focus of greater attention, as well as other organs of the host, due to the concept of ‘axes,’ such as the gut-brain axis, gut-lung axis, gut-liver axis.
Posted 15th February 2018 by Jane Williams
With 2017 now in the rear-mirror, it is a good time to assess the investment landscape in the microbiome space and try to identify relevant trends indicative of where microbiome science and the industry might be headed next. To do this I contacted Matt Martin, Microbiome Innovation and Ventures Lead at the University of Chicago. Matt has been analyzing the space for some time now, and in collaboration with Michael Lohmeier, a student at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, has kept a tab on companies and investors alike.
Posted 19th January 2018 by Jane Williams
The human microbiome is an area of life sciences that is gaining traction in the venture capital community. According to the Wall Street Journal, venture capital investment in microbiome companies rose 458.5 percent to 114.5 million U.S. dollars during the period from 2011 – 2015.