Researchers from the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), led by Eduard Torrents, leader of the group “bacterial infections and antimicrobial therapies” and professor at the University of Barcelona (UB), in collaboration with Josep Samitier, principal investigator of the group “Nanobioingineering” of IBEC, and Maite Martin, of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital appear in the media for the new device, called BiofilmChip, which allows a custom and precise diagnosis of chronic infections.
A simple and effective method to diagnose its susceptibility to antibiotics and evaluate new strategies for its control and eradication had not been described until now. Biofilmchip allows the cultivation of the biofilm, with the entire bacterial community that forms it, unlike the classical microbiology methods where bacteria are grown separately on individual plates.
Our BiofilmChip allows to assess the action of different antibiotics directly on a biofilm, getting much closer to what happens in real infections.
Nuria Blanco-Cabra, principal co-author of the study
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