Bioeconomy | Health

Extracting medicines from plants and microorganisms is nothing new – one prominent example is insulin. But there is still much more potential to be exploited: for example, modern biotechnology offers efficient treatment options for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It is impossible to imagine therapy for illnesses such as cancer and autoimmune diseases without biopharmaceuticals. Living microorganisms and cells are used as “mini factories” for the production of active ingredients.

Organ-on-a-chip – alternative to animal testing

Organ-on-a-chip technology should accelerate drug development and reduce animal testing.

Resistance to antibiotics? Phage therapy can help

Bacteriophages infect and kill bacteria and were used to aid in curing severe infections as long as a century ago. Now phage therapy is enjoying a renaissance – in the battle against multiresistant bacteria.

Fast, targeted treatment of sepsis

When it comes to sepsis, which colloquially is also referred to as blood poisoning, it is essential to identify the precise pathogen as quickly as possible – and thus initiate the appropriate antibiotic therapy. A new procedure can significantly increase detection rate and speed.

 

Thermoplastic, compostable splint for bone fractures

Made from bio-based polylactic acid (PLA) plastic, this innovative splint for immobilizing bone fractures can be reshaped repeatedly throughout treatment, for example, when swelling subsides. The splint can be composted after treatment.