Making Antibiotics with Laboratory Bacteria

Themes: Social impact, Life Science & Health, Structural Engineering

Proof of principle

A TRL is a measure to indicate the matureness of a developing technology. When an innovative idea is discovered it is often not directly suitable for application. Usually such novel idea is subjected to further experimentation, testing and prototyping before it can be implemented. The image below shows how to read TRL’s to categorise the innovative ideas.

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Engineered bacteria can be cheaper, cleaner, and more versatile platforms for antibiotic production than existing methods.


Our bacteria will tolerate the action of the antibiotics they produce, enabling production to continue to high titers.


After approximately six years of development, if successful, our process will decrease antibiotic production costs, and in turn, lower medical costs worldwide.

Dr. Greg Bokinsky


Hs. Helena Shomar