From 14th to 17th July, we attended the latest conference at Montana State University, held by the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE). The conference featured valuable sessions on delayed healing by Professor Thomas Mustoe, from Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, the fight against chronic infections by Professor Pradeep Singh, University of Washington, Seattle, prosthetic joint infection by Robin Patel MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester and the use of confocal microscopy to assess gel entrapped Staphylococcus aureus by Breanna Prabst, from the CBE itself.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were involved throughout the conference and updated the audience on the status of their biofilm method development. Of particular relevance was their session on biofilm reduction label claims, the evidence required to support these claims and specific details of the proposed methods. The impact of biofilm test methodologies on regulatory guidelines was further presented and discussed by LaShanda Glenn, Scientist, Proctor & Gamble. The final session assessed bacterial survival in industry, and discussed how bacteria can be utilised for novel uses. Professor Al Cunningham presented on ‘Field scale plugging of hydraulic fractures using ureolytic bacteria, demonstrating clearly how small scale in vitro models can be gradually scaled up for large scale, high impact industrial uses.
Perfectus Biomed plan to work with the CBE to support the development and validation of new biofilm assays. Perfectus Biomed look forward to building other close relationships around the world with expert centres, in order to ensure that the company can best serve its clients by being fully up to date with the very latest techniques and approaches in this area.