The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named Rebiotix as the recipient of the 2015 Tekne Award in the Small and Growing Healthcare award category.
Held November 18th at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Tekne Awards honor companies and individuals who have played a significant role in developing new technologies that positively impact the lives and futures of people living around the world.
Rebiotix is pioneering Microbiota Restoration Therapy (MRT) for delivering live microbes into a sick patient’s intestinal tract to treat disease. The lead product, RBX2660 (microbiota suspension), is being studied for the treatment of the debilitating intestinal infection known as Clostridium difficile infection (C. diff.), an infection that is facilitated by antibiotic use. Antibiotic resistance is a major cause of concern in the U.S. healthcare setting. In the U.S. alone, there are approximately 29,000 deaths annually from the disease.i With 20-30% of patients with C. diff. experiencing more than one episode of the disease, new therapies beyond antibiotics are urgently needed.ii
“We are honored to receive this award and recognition for our work in a rapidly developing category of the microbiome,” said Rebiotix CEO Lee Jones. “We will continue on our path with this disruptive technology to help patients with debilitating gastrointestinal diseases return to a more healthy and normal function.”
Tekne Awards were presented to 15 of Minnesota’s most influential companies and recognized innovations in education technology, energy, healthcare, software, workforce development, manufacturing, agriculture, cyber security, and information technology.
“Technology is responsible for some of the most monumental changes in society today, and Minnesota continues to contribute to these advancements,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of MHTA. “We are pleased to recognize Rebiotix Inc. for its proven leadership and commitment to science and technology innovation in Minnesota.”
This year’s Tekne Awards ceremony was emceed by Amelia Santaniello. A list of 2015 Tekne Award recipients and finalists is available online at http://www.tekneawards.org.