FemBioBiz participant: Faith Matanhike

Faith Matanhike - Student

She wants to develop a microbicide by genetically-modifing lactobacilli,  bacteria that naturally colonize the vagina. Thus enhancing the natural vaginal defence mechanisms. This will serve as a sustained, self-replicating delivery system with continuous production of antimicrobial protein compounds in situ over conventional microbicide delivery systems such as gels and films,  periodic, possibly weekly or monthly replenishment as compared to coitally dependent or daily dosing; minimal disposal concerns for example  applicators; and  low-risk of developing microbial resistance.