Dutch biotech Micreos ‘Alternative to antibiotics’ winner finals Ideas from Europe

In the iconic Hall of Knights, packed with public and policymakers, Dutch biotech Micreos ‘sustainable alternative to antibiotics’ was chosen as Europe’s most relevant innovation, at the finals of the EU’s Ideas from Europe competition.

In the presence of Mrs. Elsbieta Bienkowska, European Commissioner Internal Market, Industry, Entrepeneurship and SMEs, and Mrs. Mona Keijzer, State Secretary Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, 12 finalists pitched their inspiring innovations to tackle global challenges, such as healthcare challenges, climate change, immigration, bullying, food waste, extinction of species and renewable energy. Public and policymakers at the Knights Hall then chose their most impactful innovation.

With Micreos’ endolysin technology, for the first time it is possible to kill only the unwanted bacteria, regardless of antibiotic resistance. Contrary to existing antibiotics it leaves the beneficial bacteria — essential for our health — intact, preserving the microbiome. Watch the full pitch here.

Global problem
Micreos CEO Mark Offerhaus: “Antibiotic resistance is an enormous global problem. We’ve already been able to help over 50.000 people suffering from inflammatory skindiseases such as eczema, acne, rosacea and wound infections caused by the Staphylococcus aureusbacteria, including the resistant MRSA, but millions can and should benefit.”

Patients and policymakers need to take their responsibility. There is no need to wait and there is no time to lose.
(image: Maarten van Vliet)

About Micreos
Micreos develops endolysin- and phage technology that enables targeted killing of only unwanted bacteria. The company is considered the leader in this exciting new field. Micreos runs its own production and R&D centre for endolysins in Bilthoven (Human Health) and for phages (food safety) in Wageningen.

The company works together with ETH Zurich and numerous medical and technology centres, including Erasmus MC (Rotterdam), Public Health Lab Kennemerland, the Dutch Burn Centres (Beverwijk) and many others. 
Gladskin is a Micreos Human Health brand.

Images by Twycer photographers