Microbiome Technology Developed at Stony Brook

By Shannon Bohman ’19

Gram-stained Staphylococcus aureus.

Stony Brook University recently incorporated breakthrough microbiome technology into nutrient based compositions. The university incorporated these compositions into two patent applications filed to Ortek Therapeutics, Inc. Ortek had been seeking partners to develop and commercialize these compositions into over-the-counter and commercialized products. These nutrient based products, in particular, will efficiently prevent body odor and staph infections.

Stony Brook’s Dr. Israel Kleinberg, an expert in the oral microbiome, led the creation of the innovative compositions. With over 40 years of experience in studying the composition of microbiomes and oral bacteria communities, Kleinberg has used oral communities of bacteria to investigate ways of utilizing nutrient based compositions to inhibit human malodor-generating microbiota and Staphylococcus aureus growth. With the findings from this microbiome manipulating approach, Kleinberg’s research will revolutionize everyday infection and body odor prevention.



  1. Filiano, Microbiome technology developed at stony brook may help combat certain infections. Stony Brook Newsroom (2015).
  2. Image acquired from: microbeworld.org

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