Phage Therapy

phage-therapy

Eliava Phage Therapy Center

We are one of the few centers in the world dedicated to phage therapy. It is part of the Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology, and Virology, a research facility with broad experience in bacteriophage science and applications since 1923.

Phage therapy is a viable alternative and effective treatment for chronic infections. Phages can heal a big variety of antibiotic-resistant infections without any side effects or complications.

What is a bacteriophage?

Bacteriophage, (or phage) is a microorganism, that does not have a nucleus and thus can not multiply on its own. In order to survive, it has to find a bacteria with matching DNA, penetrate it, and multiply inside it, using the bacterial genes. After multiplying inside the Bacteria, they burst it, get outside, and attack other bacteria in a “chain reaction”. Attacking exclusively target bacteria with matching genetics, Phages are absolutely harmless to other (“ good”) bacteria, human, animal, or plant cells. The superbugs like MRSA, ESBL, CRE, and VRE have become a scary reality of today’s world. Mutating, they have developed resistance to the most potent antibiotics, the last of which - Vancomycin - was introduced over 65 years ago. But the superbugs can not develop resistance against phages – their natural killers, - as these are living organisms and have to mutate the same way as bacteria do.  

Antibiotic Resistant Infections

Eliava Phage Therapy Center treats patients from many countries using its largest the world collection of therapeutic bacteriophages. This collection even includes live phages from the beginning of the 20th century, when they were discovered and developed by Canadian Scientist Felix D’Herelle and Professor George Eliava.