Project The Microbiota Vault is a global non-profit initiative
to conserve long-term health for humanity.
Background
Background

Microbial diversity is threatened

Microbial diversity is globally threatened by urbanization and environmental change proceeding at an unprecedented pace (1, 2). In analogy to the Svalbard Gobal Seed Vault, the Microbiota Vault initiative sets out to preserve the biodiversity of human-associated microbiota, while still possible, by constructing an institution for the safe storage and preservation of microbiota samples and collections. The Microbiota Vault will closely interact with local working collections all over the world.

Approach

Creating a global ecosystem

Collect. The Microbiota Vault closely interacts with local collections and research efforts all over the world.

Preserve. The Microbiota Vault acts on behalf of the local working collections, providing safe backup storage and a framework for data services and collaboration.

Enable. Thus, the Microbiota vault empowers the research of the local working collections, helps set protocols and standards, preserves the biodiversity of microbiota, and allows future restoration of health .

The approach
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Feasibility Study

Conceptualizing the Microbiota Vault

The feasibility study found that the Microbiota Vault initiative has great significance and potential. It was supported by non-profit institutions and universities active in the field of the human gut microbiome, such as the Swiss Gebert Rüf Foundation along with the Seerave Foundation, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), Rutgers University (USA), Kiel University (Germany), Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Canada), Bengt E. Gustafsson symposium foundation (affiliated to Karolinska Institutet, Sweden) and UC San Diego School of Medicine (USA).

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Track our latest developments
  • 2021

    First Latin American Symposium of the global microbiome network. A multidisciplinary team of local and foreign experts discussed the importance of conservation.
  • 2020

    Publication of the Microbiota Vault feasibility study, verifying the soundness of the concept and conceptualizing how to launch and scale the initiative. 

  • 2019

    The Microbiota Vault Inc. was founded as a non-profit organisation with the aim of safeguarding microbial diversity by supporting collection efforts and creating an institution for safe preservation.

  • 2018

    The rationale around the Microbiome Vault initiative was published in Science

The Microbiota Vault Inc.
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit