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Biotechnology & medicine

Katharina Richter

New weapons against superbugs
Katharina Richter

Year Honored

University of Adelaide, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Asia Pacific

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The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, so called ‘superbugs’, is one of the greatest threats to human health. If we fail to rapidly create new ways to fight superbugs, 10 million people are projected to die every year by 2050. Dr. Katharina Richter developed several innovative treatments to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Amongst them, shooting silver nano-bullets at bacteria and feeding them “toxic chocolate". These innovations may become essential weapons for our arsenal against superbugs and therefore save lives.