'Stool bank' may be answer to recurrent gut infections
Claire O'Connell from The Irish Times interviews Carolyn Edelstein, Director of Global Partnerships at OpenBiome, discussing the promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation, the advantages to OpenBiome's stool banking approach, and navigating the regulatory environment as OpenBiome seeks to expand into Ireland and the UK. On this last point, Edelstein comments:
'It’s a landscape that Openbiome needs to navigate, says Edelstein, but she sees advantages in going the repository route. 'In addition to being selective about the stool that we use, we can monitor the use of stool and follow up with patients a lot more systematically on a much broader scale,' she says. 'Also, we can source donors and use them over multiple treatments, so we can spread the cost of finding donors.'"
Ms. Edelstein will speak at a symposium at the APC Microbiome Institute in Cork this week.
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