Inside the Microbiome

How Microbiome Science is Helping Enable New Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance in Humans and Animals

The Global Challenge of Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance

The rise of antimicrobial resistance is recognized as a threat to public health today. Evidence shows that resistance is driven by the total volume of antibiotics used, in humans as well as food production. A reduction of this number and responsible use is crucial, not only in the interests of human health but also for animal health and animal welfare.

DuPont scientists are addressing this global challenge by looking at how microbiome science can potentially enable new solutions to address problems associated with antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes and targeted antimicrobials.

“The science is relatively new – we’ve only been studying the microbiome for 10 or 15 years,” said Dr. Andrew Morgan, DuPont Fellow and Chief Scientist, DuPont Nutrition and Health. “There are more than 1,000 species of microbes in the human digestive system for us to explore - but this is only the beginning. The future of microbial science as an answer for AMR is incredibly promising.”

This presentation was delievered on June 14, 2017 at AgriVision, a biennial conference that facilitates an informed discussion at a strategic level on current and future concerns in the protein food chain.

About Andrew Morgan

Dr Andrew Morgan has over 35 years’ experience in research and development, including human health & nutrition, animal nutrition, industrial enzymes and crop science as well as innovation management, business development and corporate venturing.

The first 12 years of his industrial research career, Andrew spent with British Petroleum (BP Research and BP Nutrition – of which the latter is called Nutreco today). During his extensive international career, Andrew worked and lived in Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. During the past 23 years, Andrew has been working for DuPont and legacy Danisco & Cultor in various science, technology and innovation management roles.

Andrew is the former Chair of the UK’s Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network and also a former Governing Body or Board member of various other biological sciences organisations including the Institute of Food Research in Norwich UK, SusChem European Technology Platform, the UK Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum and a number of biotech start-ups.

Andrew holds a First Class Honours Degree (B.Sc. 1976) in Biochemistry and Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil. 1979) in Microbial Biochemistry & Genetics from the University of Sussex.

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Global Challenge of Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance

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