2018 1st Prize BioEntreprenneur i-Day
2018 DZIF Poster prize
m4 Award 2019 for Dr. Hannelore Meyer and the Team from FRABIOTICS ©
FRABIOTICS ©: Molecule fragments with double effect
Hannelore Meyer, research group leader at the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene at TUM, and her 'FRABIOTICS' team, in collaboration with Helmholtz Zentrum München, have found small molecules (known as fragments) that should make it possible to treat infectious diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Such diseases include, for example, certain life-threatening forms of pneumonia or blood poisoning.
The molecules have a twofold effect. They disable the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics that are used particularly frequently, so that they can exert their effect, and at the same time they have an antibiotic effect themselves, i.e. they can fight bacteria without the addition of another antibiotic. Thanks to the dual effect, germs are unlikely to develop resistance to this treatment as easily.
With the funding from the M4 Award, the researchers want to find out the mechanism behind the antibiotic effect of the molecules and optimize them for medical use.