Evolution provided bacteria with a mechanism to overcome our antibiotics, and each time we introduce a new antibiotic, they get faster at becoming resistant to it. At the same time, it can take 14 years and billions of dollars to bring a new one to market.
Angela Violi, professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a coalition of chemical engineers and biologists trying to change the game by developing antibiotics in a new way. They want to design nanoparticles to exploit weaknesses in the target pathogens. Not only could they work better, they could make it to market faster.
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