We are committed to tackling
biofilm-related disorders.

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We combat biofilm-related disorders, including chronic and acute infections, and tackle antimicrobial resistance at its root cause

We do this by using proprietary compounds with proven anti-biofilm properties

“Biofilm provides the compatible conditions for horizontal gene transfer, such as high cell density, increased genetic competence and accumulation of genetic elements or uptake of resistance genes”

Slide 80%

of all chronic infections are associated with biofilm
Slide ~10MLN

annual deaths estimated to be caused by AMR globally by 2050 given the current progression trajector
Slide $100-400K

average additional hospital spend to treat a patient infected by resistant bacteria in OECD
Slide $2.9TRN

total estimated GDP effect in OECD due to antimicrobial resistance by 2050
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new antibiotic drugs approved by FDA between 2010 and 2014 (41 cancer drug approvals in the same period)

Quorum sensing (QS) is a mechanism that enables microbial communication. It is based on the constant secretion of signaling molecules to the environment

The main role of QS is the regulation of vital processes in the cell such as virulence factor production or biofilm formation

Cell communication (AHV International, 2020 – based on Bassler / Keulemans, De Volkskrant, 2017)


Bacteria release signal molecules, which land on the receptors of similar bacteria (see magnification). This process is similar to gears that fit together


If more molecules are measured around the bacteria, the behavior of this group of bacteria changes


They will then, for example, emit light or produce mucus (biofilm)

How bacteria talk

Bonnie Lynn Bassler is an American molecular biologist who has researched chemical communication between bacteria known as quorum sensing, and contributed to the idea that disruption of chemical signaling can be used as an antimicrobial therapy.

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