This Entrepreneur Is Tackling Antibiotic Resistant Infections With New Advances In MedTech | Forbes

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Antibiotic resistant infections kill 1.2 million people each year. Rochelle Niemeijer, cofounder and chief scientific officer of Nostics, wants to help fight the misuse and overuse of antibiotics that contribute to this global problem. Nostics is starting with tackling a common ailment: urinary tract infections. Niemeijer says the Netherlands-based medtech startup has raised $7.4 million to build new diagnostic tools that can quickly identify the bacteria that is causing an infection and help doctors make better treatment decisions. The technology combines a portable miniature chemistry lab with AI-powered software to analyze a urine sample in 15 minutes (compared to the day or longer it can take for a lab to process the results of a urine culture). Her next big hurdle? Working through the regulatory process. "What I find is really important along this journey is to have perseverance and passion," says Niemeijer. "Especially in science, there's a lot of failures and there's a lot of trials. You really need to push through to be able to achieve your goal."

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