Bacteriophages are the oldest as well as the most abundant organisms on the earth.
The health benefits of bacteriophages were known as early as the beginning of the 20th century but their functioning was difficult to understand. After the discovery of antibiotics in the early 20th century, the potential of bacteriophages was largely ignored.
Advances in modern medicine, coupled with the development of widespread antibiotic resistance, have led to renewed interest in alternative solutions to resolving bacterial infections. Much attention is being paid to the microbiome, the microscopic organisms specific to environments ranging from the human skin, to plant soil and animal intestines.
The medical benefits of bacteriophages have been rediscovered. They are an alternative solution to bacterial infections because of their ability to kill bacteria without imparting or creating antibacterial resistance.
Although bacteriophages exist all around us, the techniques to develop and adapt them for industrial use have required years of scientific research and development. PROTEON has developed a platform to discover, identify, produce and apply bacteriophages as solutions to bacterial infections in food animal and other environments.
BENEFITS OF BACTERIOPHAGES:
Specific action on selected bacteria, no side effects.
Non-toxic, completely safe to apply in large animal populations and human populations.
Does not create antibacterial resistance.
Easy to use.
Can be used prophylactically to prevent disease.
Economically efficient to use in industrial environments.
Scientifically-research and well-understood mechanism of acting means reliability and predictable results.