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Bacteria are an essential part of life on earth, but also a major cause of disease and death, affecting us all. Micreos develops phage-based products against specific dangerous bacteria and is viewed as product leader in this field. The company's human health products contain antibacterial enzymes (phage-derived endolysins) and its food safety products contain phages. We focus on real solutions for human- and animal health, in food safety, and other areas where bacteria cause serious problems.
Every second day, half of the world's bacteria is destroyed by bacteriophages ('phages'). Different phages kill different bacteria. This bacterial specificity is at the same time a limitation of phages, and an advantage. Why? Because unlike antibiotics, phages cannot be used 'broad spectrum'. Nowadays this is viewed by many as a big advantage: only the unwanted bacteria are targeted, in other words, the desired bacteria that form part of our immune system, in our gut, on our skin, etc, are left intact, distinguishing endolysins and phages from antibiotics. In the post-antibiotic era, phage technology presents a simple and logical antibacterial solution and will revolutionize the way we look at prevention and treatment of infections, and maintenance of a healthy and sustainable life on our planet.
Over a million people have benefited from phage technology targeted against all kinds of bacterial infections, including many antibiotic-resistant ones. Even more people are protected each day by phages against harmful pathogens in the food chain.
Micreos is committed to helping mankind with phage-based solutions which are effective, sustainable and affordable. The company's products:
- work fast
- are easy to apply
- have no known side effects
Micreos Food Safety is based in Wageningen 'Food Valley' and Micreos Human Health is based in Bilthoven at the RIVM premises (Dutch NIH). Micreos headquarters are based in The Hague, the world capital of Peace and Justice.
Micreos has a modern Phage & Enzyme Technology Centre, responsible for GMP-quality Production, Research & Development, and Quality Control. We work according to the highest ethical and professional standards, as witnessed by numerous awards and grants received over the past years, and publications in scientific journals and regular press. Micreos collaborates with top institutes and companies around the world and its advisors and partners have broad expertise in the fields in which we operate.
The company's product portfolio is rapidly expanding, with successful product introductions in November 2014 against MRSA (Staphefekt XDR.300), and in 2013 by Micreos Human Health under the GLADSKIN™ brand, for people with acne, eczema, rosacea and skin irritation. In December 2013 Micreos Food Safety's new product (SALMONELEX™), effective against Salmonella in the food chain, was also approved by the FDA and USDA as a 'GRAS' (Generally Recognised as Safe) processing aid.
LISTEX™, the company's product against the deadly Listeria monocytogenes (well known for its risk to pregnant women and to the elderly and immuno-compromised), is used globally by food processing companies. It is a culture of safe, natural phages, against Listeria in meat, cheese, fish, vegetables, fruit and other food products. LISTEX™ was the first phage product which was approved by the US FDA as GRAS. Many other authorities have since confirmed its safety, including EFSA, Health Canada, BAG (Switzerland) and FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand).
Today, LISTEX helps many food processors in their fight against Listeria, without any effect on the properties of the treated food product. It does not target any other bacteria than Listeria, i.e. in starter cultures for cheese production.
LISTEX™ was approved as processing aid for all food products by Health Canada in 2010 and by the USDA in 2011. It can be provided as 'OMRI-listed' or 'SKAL certified' (for use as processing aid in organic/EKO products). First customers in Europe and the US have been using the product daily to full satisfaction for many years. Over the past years LISTEX™ has won many industry awards, including the FIE Gold Award, considered the 'Oscar' of the food industry.