This Startup Is Trying To Tackle The Problem Of Antibiotic Resistance
Day Zero Diagnostics reduces infectious disease identification time to mere hours to ensure the correct antibiotic course
Day Zero Diagnostics has a process that identifies what's ailing you quickly and efficiently, so doctors know exactly which type of antibiotic to put you on. The startup developed a test that can identify the specific bacterial strain causing an illness in a matter of hours.
The issue of antibiotic resistance isn't just how strong the resistance of microbes are but also a factor of time—sometimes in life or death terms. Imagine you're really sick and you go to urgent care for treatment. The first course of broad-spectrum antibiotics doesn't work, so you're put on a more targeted course, and that doesn't work. As the clock is ticking and your condition goes from worse to life-threatening, there's still another course you get put on. It's a process of elimination that can prove deadly.