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Viruses have a bad rap, but biotech entrepreneur Alexander Belcredi cautions against condemning all viruses because of a deadly few. Phages are microscopic viruses that can target and destroy disease-causing bacteria. Investors and health practitioners take note: Belcredi predicts that medicines containing these viruses may be the next big thing to emerge from the pharmaceutical industry. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the phage, a bacteria-killing virus, fights infection;
  • Why the medical community developed antibiotics rather than phage-based drugs; and
  • How phages could become microscopic “superheroes” in the battle against superbugs.
 

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Alexander Belcredi is a co-founder of PhagoMed Biopharma, a biotech company.

 

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In 2013, following multiple knee surgeries, a patient developed an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection in her leg. Amputation seemed to be the only recourse. As a last resort, her doctor enrolled her in a drug trial using phages, microscopic viruses that selectively “hunt, infect and kill bacteria.” Within three weeks, the infection had disappeared.


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