Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The main ingredient in a pill being developed by FloraSeq LLC will undoubtedly put patients off.
But if FloraSeq’s founders are correct, and the pill cures a stubborn and prevalent hospital-acquired infection, patients are likely to get past the ingredient — human feces.
“There’s a popular misconception that all stool is teeming with harmful bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella, which can cause large outbreaks of illness, but that is seldom true,” said Steve Visuri, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of the Waukesha start-up. “While we don’t recommend people routinely ingest stool, carefully screened stool from healthy individuals is actually filled with an exceptional amount of beneficial bacteria that can be used to cure patients with intestinal infections.”
The bottom line: FloraSeq is developing a pill to be ingested orally that is teeming with good bacteria from other people’s stool samples.
The human gut is home to as many as 100 trillion microorganisms, representing about 400 known bacterial species, Visuri said. In the past few years, scientist have become increasingly interested in those bacteria, whose genes are collectively referred to as the human microbiome.
“One of the hottest areas of research right now is microbiomes,” said Lisa Johnson, chief executive officer of BioForward, the trade organization for Wisconsin’s bioscience industry.