The push to be the nation's poo provider: a doctor's story
This story has been updated.
To the long list of famous South Australian exports — Penfold’s Grange, Nippy’s orange juice, Lleyton Hewitt — Dr Sam Costello wants to add another entry.
In 2013, the gastroenterologist founded the South Australian Stool Bank, now rebranded as the more-funky sounding Biomebank.
The stool bank was originally a stockpile of samples for his PhD completed at the University of Adelaide on faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) as a potential treatment for ulcerative colitis but now exists in a purpose built laboratory in Adelaide.
“There’s evidence that FMT can induce remissions, but not good evidence it can maintain remission,” he says. “Maintaining remission takes a long time to demonstrate.”
He expects long-term follow-up data to eke in.
In the meantime,