Xavier Duportet

Xavier Duportet

7 May 2018
Biology innovation LifeSciences
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If you imagine all biology researchers as mad geniuses in lab coats, then you’d be surprised by the biology engineer, Xavier Duportet.

Aged 28, he was ranked in Forbes “30 under 30” list for Europe in 2017 and has managed to unite entrepreneurship and healthcare.

He’s not offering yet another app for finding a doctor but instead is bringing real revolution to the sector.

Remember our lowdown about CRISPR? Well, Xavier’s company, Eligo Bioscience, is working wonders with this amazing new tool.

Talk about a fantastic project – if antibiotics are weapons of mass destruction (for destroying bacteria), then Eligo Bioscience’s eligobiotics are snipers.

Whereas antibiotics destroy all bacteriological flora, eligobiotics can target specific bacteria and destroy them. This is particularly useful given that several serious diseases are developing resistance to the antibiotics used today.

According to Xavier, the challenge doesn’t lie in developing the actual technology but rather in bringing it to the market.

The market failure rate for new technologies is 95%, and yet healthcare companies have to invest billions in order to be regulatory compliant.

Does that mean Xavier Duportet is the Chuck Norris of bacteria killers?

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