How the DSMZ contributes
Within the DSMZ department of microorganisms, a phage collection was established more than 25 years ago. Because of the therapeutical use and the undoubted future potential of phages the DSMZ focuses on a substantial expansion of the phage collection, particularly for different pathogenic bacteria and has started to establish a new therapy phage bank.
One main goal is the considerable growth of the collection of therapeutically interesting phages, as a pool for research and application and to characterize them in the own DSMZ laboratories. This includes the full biological description of each such phage.
As a scientific service institution, the DSMZ has own research projects on phages, cooperates with internationally renowned phage experts in biology and medicine and is engaged in the initiative P.H.A.G.E. (www.p-h-a-g-e.org) under a Memorandum of Understanding, to endeavour recognition of phage therapy in Europe. Under a further Memorandum of Understanding, the DSMZ collaborates with the Eliava Institute IBMV, Tbilisi, Georgia (http://www.eliava-institute.org/).
The DSMZ contributes to phage application by working on the basic steps: fundamental phage microbiology and phage characterization; DSMZ phages are available for authorized recipients.
Important: like all other DSMZ bio-resources, also phages are for laboratory use only, not for direct application in or on humans or animals. For direct application, the phages must be further propagated and a new stock under appropriately controlled conditions must be prepared.