Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is the greatest global health challenge of our time. AMR occurs when a micro-organism becomes resistant to an antimicrobial medicine, such as an antibiotic. Today, an estimated 700,000 people die each year from drug-resistant infections. More alarmingly, this number is projected to accelerate towards 10 million by 2050, outstripping even cancer (Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, UK Government, 2014).
We now face the possibility of a post-antibiotic era, where even the most basic of infections could become deadly again. Medical procedures we take for granted, including surgery and chemotherapy, could become impossible.