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Combating the appearance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

A project of the UC3M wins the National Prize in female entrepreneurship at the Explorer Awards 2019


The project BAR-ID, developed by alumni of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) in the UC3M Explorer Space Centre, has received the national prize in female entrepreneurship in the latest edition of the Explorer program, “Young People with Ideas”, an initiative promoted by Banco Santander through Santander Universities and coordinated by the Santander International Entrepreneurship Centre (CISE, its Spanish acronym). This biotechnological project has as its objective, combating the appearance of super resistant bacteria to the effects of antibiotics.

Combatir la aparición de bacterias resistentes a antibióticos

The appearance of multiple drug resistant pathogenic bacteria resulting from the incorrect use of antibiotics is a serious public health problem worldwide. BAR-ID intends to develop a database of information on bacterial resistance to antibiotics. This system will connect from the laboratory to a team of specialists and, through the use of mass spectrometry technology, it will be able to identify, in less than an hour and in a precise manner, the presence of multiple drug resistant bacteria.

This innovative service will reduce the diagnosis time, optimise the prescription of the most adequate antibiotic and, in the long-term, reduce sanitary waste. Potential clients are hospitals and medical teams, users of this system. “Our idea is to start developing it in the hospitals of Madrid and, subsequently, expanding to the rest of Spain.”, states Eva Sarachaga, the promoter of this entrepreneurial initiative.

BAR-ID was created in the framework of the Master in Biomedical Technologies Management and Development of the UC3M, which has been studied by the four people who make up the team: Alonso Parrón, Eva Sarachaga, Josep Martí and Laura San Felipe.

The Explorer university entrepreneurial program ‘Young People with Ideas’, in collaboration with the EY Foundation, gives 20,000 Euros to the best entrepreneurial project led by a woman and grants access to the ATENEA acceleration program, dependent of the Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Cortes and Equality, that connects with entrepreneurial women with high potential to consultants, resources and the knowledge that they need. The tenth edition of the national final of this call was held on the 8th November in the Ciudad Grupo Santander in Madrid.