You have found a lead for a new antibiotic!

This is very exciting, but now the really hard work begins.

  • can we isolate and identify the chemical structure of the microbe?
  • can we turn it into a new drug?
  • is it effective?
  • is it safe?
  • can it be taken as a pill or injected?
  • does it work against drug resistant infections?
  • is it cost effective?

Being a scientist is hard work, and the processes can take a long time. But the difference you can make to the lives of others makes it worthwhile.

We don’t know whose backyard is home to the next antibiotic!

It could even be yours…