With global health challenges on the rise, there may be help to find in the trillions of bacterial cells that flourish in and on the human body. Building on the latest scientific advancements, Chr. Hansen is applying its core skills in the development of human bacteria to address some of the world’s biggest health challenges.
Global health challenges on the rise
Despite significant advancements in global health over the past century, society remains faced with staggering health challenges. In the developing world, hunger and malnutrition together remains the number one challenge, while in high and middle-income countries obesity and chronic immune diseases are on the rise1. At the same time, extensive use of antibiotics is causing new and unexpected challenges, including antibiotic-resistant bacteria and health problems associated with the use of antibiotics in early life.
The human microbiome: A scientific break-through
One of the answers to the global healthcare challenges that lie ahead may well come from a better understanding of how our health is impacted by the trillions of bacteria that reside in and on our own bodies and in particular in our digestive track, also known as the human microbiome.
“We are learning that the human microbiome actively influences our physical health and potentially even our mental health. Or put differently, it can be part of the reason why people get sick or, conversely, what helps them stay healthy. There is huge potential in obtaining a better understanding of the beneficial bacteria that reside in our gut and in creating the proper conditions for them to work in our favor,” explains Johan van Hylckama Vlieg, who is leading Chr. Hansen’s microbiome innovation program.