VIENNA, Jan. 9, 2020 – PhagoMed Biopharma GmbH, (PhagoMed) a pre-clinical biotechnology company targeting bacterial pathogens in antibiotic resistance and microbiome settings, announced today that its chief executive officer, Alexander Belcredi, will present at the Biotech Showcase 2020 conference being held January 13-15, 2020 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square in San Francisco, California.
Precisely targeting bacterial pathogens is the next big medical frontier. Today’s standard-of-care, small-molecule antibiotics, frequently fails due to resistance and is furthermore wholly inadequate in microbiome settings where broad-spectrum antibiotics not only destroy the pathogen but also destabilize the microbiome itself.
PhagoMed develops phage-based drug candidates to provide a solution in these settings where antibiotics fail. Phages are natural viruses that infect and kill bacteria. Phages and their proteins (such as lysins) are also highly precise and only target individual bacterial species. PhagoMed has developed a proprietary engineering platform to develop drug-grade phages and lysins. During 2019 the team validated the platform and generated two proprietary drug prototypes in two indications of high medical need: a phage cocktail to treat implant-associated infections and a recombinant endolysin to treat Bacterial Vaginosis and re-stabilize the vaginal microbiome.