Novozymes announces sensational new antibiotic discovery  

2005.10.13
Denmark's Novozymes has discovered a new antimicrobial peptide (AMP) active against multi-resistant bacteria that pose a threat to global health

Denmark's Novozymes has discovered a new antibiotic against multi-resistant bacteria that pose a threat to global health. The antimicrobial peptide (AMP) plectasin promises to deliver effective treatment for otherwise incurable diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia and meningitis. Plectasin was discovered in a black mushroom, Pseudoplectania nigrella, which grows in coniferous forests in northern Europe.

Novozymes will publish the epoch making discovery today in the world renowned scientific journal Nature. "The substance is commercially interesting and can be produced in very large quantities and purity", the article states.

So far plectasin has been tested on mice. A single dose enabled 9 out of 10 mice to survive an applied infection which otherwise would have been fatal in all cases. The news was published by professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer).

Novozymes is the biotech-based world leader in enzymes and microorganisms. Headquartered in Bagsværd on the outskirts of Copenhagen, the company employs 4,000 people, half of whom are stationed in Denmark. Novozymes' 700 products are a key factor in the production of thousands of products used in everyday life. The company's B shares are listed on Copenhagen Stock Exchange.

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