Through the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, several types of bacteria have become resistant to drugs that were designed to kill them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that some of these “superbugs” are linked to tens of thousands of deaths in the United States annually, including 14,000 for C. difficile and 19,000 for MRSA.
Technology developed by Purdue University researchers and commercialized through a Purdue Research Park-based firm could be effective against the increased number of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria in the world.
Medtric Biotech LLC, based in the Purdue Research Park, is developing a suite of disinfectant and wound care products that have been shown to be effective against two of the deadliest superbugs: MRSA and VRE. Sean Connell, president and COO, says these and other bacteria are becoming a global health concern.
“In the United States, the number of deaths attributed to these antibiotic-resistant bacteria rises each year. We see the effects as friends and family members contract serious infections that require hospitalization and drastic treatments,” he says. “Our technology has been developed as an alternative option to prevent infection and treat superbugs. The results from third-party laboratories are promising, and they continue to motivate our team to develop these products that could save lives.”
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