White House, backers launch $521M Microbiome Initiative

From: BioWorld

By Michael Fitzhugh

Heeding growing interest in the sway of tiny microorganisms over human health, climate change and other critical issues, a new National Microbiome Initiative launched by the White House kicked off Friday with a commitment of $121 million in federal dollars and more than $400 million in financial and in-kind contributions from private stakeholders to support interdisciplinary research, platform technology development and new applications in the young field.


Despite the potential, he said regulatory development will be a key piece of moving the field forward, insofar as drug developers are concerned. “Currently, the regulatory agencies haven’t really had to deal with a lot of microbiome products in therapeutics. We believe that pharma, us, and entrepreneurs all have similar questions about how regulators will handle [this field]. We’re taking a stance there, and hope to be a first mover in helping to shape that.”

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