The human microbiome is the community of bacteria and microorganisms that lives in association with the human body. Thought to outnumber human cells by nearly 10 to 1, the microbiota resides on human tissue or in body fluids, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract.
Although the microbiome has been poorly understood in the past, it has recently been recognized by the medical community for the vital role it plays in promoting human health. Through the significant efforts of the NIH Human Microbiome Project and the White House National Microbiome Initiative, we have begun to appreciate the multitude of beneficial roles microbes play in human health, including regulating metabolic function, stimulating the immune system, protecting against disease and more. As such, dysbiosis, or disruption of the healthy microbiota, caused by antibiotics, diet or other factors, can contribute to a variety of diseases that require novel treatments.
CLINICAL MICROBIOTA DEVELOPMENT
Crestovo is closely linked to the origins of clinical microbiota applications, which can be traced back to 1988 when our founder and scientific advisor, Dr. Thomas Borody, pioneered what is now called ‘fecal microbiota transplantation’ (FMT) to harness the human gut microbiome to treat gastrointestinal conditions. The FMT procedures originally included transplant of stool from a healthy donor to restore the microbiome in a patient suffering from a dysbiosis-driven disease whereby they lack beneficial bacteria, typically as a result of antibiotic treatments. Historically, FMT methods have involved invasive techniques, including retention enema, nasogastric tube, colonoscopy or self-administered enema. Dr. Borody’s team has performed over 12,000 FMTs since 1988.
Crestovo’s scientific collaborators, Drs. Alexander Khoruts and Michael Sadowsky, have been pioneers in moving clinical microbiome applications forward. In 2014, they invented the first orally-administered microbiota formulation and conducted a clinical study in recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI),which saw the successful prevention of recurrence in 43 of 49 patients.
Crestovo’s Full-Spectrum Microbiota™ (FSM™) platform builds on these principles of microbial diversity by establishing a class of novel therapeutics that utilizes a highly refined, encapsulated pharmaceutical composition.
RECURRENT CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE INFECTION
As demonstrated by a study by Crestovo’s scientific collaborators in 2014, use of microbiota formulations has been promising for preventing recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), a bacterial infection causing patients to suffer from diarrhea, fever nausea, and abdominal pain. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has named CDI an urgent public health threat and the leading hospital-acquired infection in the U.S., and it has resulted in additional healthcare costs due to hospitalizations required to treat the disease. Historically, standard-of-care antibiotic treatment presents a risk of recurrence in approximately 60% of patients who have experienced multiple recurrences, highlighting a clear unmet medical need. In particular, patients who have received multiple rounds of antibiotics may be more susceptible to a recurrence of CDI as many of their beneficial bacteria have been eliminated. For more information on CDI, please visit the CDC website.
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