VIB, KU Leuven and UGent announce new spin-off MRM Health to redefine microbiome-based therapeutics


Microbiome specialist MRM Health enters into its first industry collaboration with DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences in the field of metabolic diseases. Furthermore, MRM Health has raised more than €14 million to advance its in-house clinical and preclinical development programs in the field of microbiome-based therapeutics and strengthens its partnership with VIB, KU Leuven and Ghent University.

Flemish food intervention study FLORA is investigating whether personalised nutritional advice has an effect on health and intestinal microbiota


Today marks the start of a recruitment drive to find participants for a special Flemish research project: FLORA. The project, an initiative of SmartWithFood (a spin-off of Colruyt Group) in collaboration with KU Leuven and VIB wants to investigate whether personalised digital nutritional advice can have a positive effect on health and intestinal microbiota. For a period of 3 months, participants will receive personalised nutritional tips via an app. 

Vlaamse voedingsinterventiestudie "FLORA" onderzoekt of gepersonaliseerd voedingsadvies effect heeft op gezondheid en darmflora


Vandaag start de rekrutering van deelnemers voor een bijzonder Vlaams onderzoeksproject: FLORA. Het project, een initiatief van SmartWithFood een spin-off van Colruyt Group, in samenwerking met de KU Leuven en VIB (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie), wil onderzoeken of gepersonaliseerde en digitaal geleverde voedingsadviezen een positief effect kunnen hebben op de gezondheid en de darmflora. 

Who is hitching a ride on the house fly?


A team of researchers from the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology found that house flies are real taxi’s for microbes.  And, they do not care much about which passengers they are taking along for the ride.  Bacteria, fungi and even pathogenic microbes are all transported on the flies’ bodies.  Inside the flies, however, the diversity of microbes is lower, suggesting that only specific microbes survive. The findings will be published in BMC Microbiome.

From research project to spin-off: Aphea.Bio’s quest for next-generation biologicals


In the fast-emerging market of sustainable alternatives for chemical agricultural products, VIB spin-off Aphea.Bio is the new kid in town – or rather: in the wheat, barley and maize fields. Launched in June, the start-up’s offices in the Ghent-based Bio-Accelerator are still looking spic and span. However, Scientific Advisor Sofie Goormachtig (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology), CEO Isabel Vercauteren and CSO Steven Vandenabeele have already spent three exciting years on the project. They’re happy to look back on the highlights, and give us a glimpse of what the future might bring.

Count your blessings: Quantitative Microbiome Profiling


A broad range of metabolic and inflammatory diseases is associated with alterations in gut microbiota composition and metabolic potential. Until now, sequencing-based gut microbiota research has been describing such dysbiotic states in terms of proportional shifts in microbiome composition. However, when it comes to the bacterial content of your bowels and how it relates to your health, not only percentages matter, but also numbers count. That is at least one of the main messages of the latest research of Jeroen Raes (VIB-KU Leuven) and his team published today in the scientific journal Nature.