Automation of pathogen antibiotic resistance tests
Antibiotic resistance of pathogens presents an increasing global threat resulting in millions of deaths each year. One of the main reasons for the increasing number of resistant pathogens is not-optimal application of the antibiotics. Targeted narrow-spectrum antibiotic application is preferable, but current manual resistance tests are laborious while available automatic tests evaluate a limited number of antibiotics. The EU-funded BacterOMIC project is developing a fully automated antimicrobial susceptibility testing system for rapid (under 4 hours) identification of efficient antibiotics from the set of all those commonly available for the treatment of certain pathogens. Importantly, the new system allows identification of a combination of several antibiotics for the most efficient treatment of infection. The project involves international collaboration within the EU and the phase 2 current goal is to optimise the instrumental design and validate the system in clinical trials for future commercialisation.
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