“Professor Slava Epstein says the technology that led to the discovery of teixobactin could be used to unearth thousands of medically useful microbes,” writes the CMAJ.
Born from soil, the novel compound made possible by Northeastern researchers’ pioneering work is making headlines around the world and receiving applause from the science community.
A few years ago, biologists Slava Epstein and Yoshiteru Aoi fantasized about a device that would work like a highway lane closure to isolate pure bacterial samples from the environment. They teamed with assistant professor of chemical engineering Ed Goluch to make this a reality.
Three Northeastern spinoff companies were highlighted in a recent report by The Science Coalition as examples of how federally funded university research and the companies created from that work can boost the U.S. economy.