Symbiotic Healthcare develops FMT pill for C. diff infection

Symbiotic Healthcare, based in Manhattan, N.Y., has developed a capsule containing the processed fecal matter used in the C. difficile treatment fecal microbiota transplantation, according to a Crain's New York Business report.

Symbiotic Healthcare was founded by North Shore-LIJ Health System infectious disease specialist Bruce Hirsch, MD, and immunologist Gerard Honig. The company's capsule holds the processed matter and can be refrigerated for later use.

In a preliminary test including 23 patients, the pills resulted in an 87 percent cure rate.

The company is currently self-funded, but its founders are looking for financial backing, according to the report.

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