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May 3, 2012View for printing

Bozeman-based Microbion has created one of only a few new classes of antibiotics in the last 30 years, a yellowish, powdery compound manufactured off South 19th Avenue.

It works against biofilms, which play a role in more than 80 percent of infections, according to the National Institutes of Health. Microbion's antibiotic has shown an ability to break down bacteria that corrode metal pipes. Company founder Brett Baker has developed business relationships with several of the world's largest companies across a variety of industries.

But it wasn't until the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act was passed that the business' future felt fully secure. If Microbion partnered with another company or a venture capital firm for funding, it would likely result in a focus on one application of its compound, an approach that conflicts with the company's goal to develop the full spectrum of its antibiotic's applications.

Jason Bacaj, Chronicle Staff Writer

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