How to realize bacteriophages potential in the EU?
20 years ago, scientists around the world realized that novel molecular tools used to investigate our biosphere were providing us insight into the microcosm of the myriads of microorganisms inhabiting the soil, the oceans, plants, animals and our bodies. This scientific revolution developed into the concept of a planetary microbiome that affects every aspect of our life.
Now we perceive animals and human bodies as comprised of our own cells and a microbiome consisting of thousands of different species of bacteria, archaea, yeasts, and bacteriophages. The Human Microbiome is essential for maintaining our health in the same way that the soil microbiome is essential for soil fertility. This change in scientific mindset is already resulting in novel technological opportunities in the global biotechnology industry.
One very important technological development is a return to the century old idea of using bacteriophages, which are an essential element of the microbiome, controlling its bacterial components to preserve the health of humans and animals, protecting plants from bacterial pests, remediating environmental damage, and, last but not the least, solving the burning issue of antibiotic resistance (AMR).
We are pleased to invite you to a seminar in the European Parliament entitled “How to realize bacteriophages potential in the EU?” hosted by MEP Adam Jarubas (EPP) and MEP Emmanuil Fragkos (ECR). During the seminar, scientists, representatives of the European Commission and the phage industry including Professor David Gally (Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh), Luis Vivas-Alegre (Head of Sector Research and Innovation Coordination DG AGRI), Aurélien Perez (Team Leader – antimicrobial resistance, DG SANTE) and Professor Jaroslaw Dastych (CEO of Proteon Pharmaceuticals) representing Phage Europe coalition will explore the potential of bacteriophages technology. The seminar will be moderated by Fabian Brockötter – Editor in Chief at Poultry World.
Seminar will be held in the European Parliament on February 7th 2023 from 13h30 – 15h30 in Altiero Spinelli building, Brussels, meeting room 5E3.