SERATICIN® Antibacterial Technology Based on Maggot Secretions

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Swansea University


Chemical, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals, Life Sciences

About The Opportunity:

Maggot secretions have been used for centuries to treat and clean wounds. At Swansea University a technology, trademarked under the name SERATICIN®, has been developed to treat various bacterial infections, including MRSA, using a synthetic, small-molecule version of an extract from maggot secretions. SERATICIN® offers the prospect of a highly effectively antibacterial candidate in a format compatible with modern drug delivery modes with minimal drug resistance and side-effects.


  • The antibacterial technology is being developed for use in a topical format although it is hoped to advance an oral medication with further investment. It is expected to be used in both the animal and human antibiotic markets.

Key Benefits:

  • Early experiments indicate a strong and broad antibacterial potential;
  • Minimal drug resistance to a novel, first in class bactericidal agent;
  • Potential for a range of drug delivery mechanisms. 

IP Status:

A patent has been granted under application no. PCT/GB2008/000157 and a second patent on the chemical structure is pending under application no. PCT/GB2012/053138.


The invention is offered for exclusive or non-exclusive licence.

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