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The Biophysical Chemistry group at the University of Bath, led by Professor Toby Jenkins, applies research and methods in Chemistry, Materials Science and Microbiology to improve human health. The focus is on  early detection and treatment of wound, bladder and skin infection, working closely with clinical colleagues specialising in: burn care (adult and children); diabetic foot ulcer management; urology. The team is translating laboratory innovation to the clinic, to benefit for patients. The aim is to create cost-effective and clinically effective devices that help prevent the over-use of antibiotics and AMR (antimicrobial resistance).

Devices in development

Smartwound Infection detecting wound dressing

SmartWound® PREDICT Infection detecting wound dressing

A wound dressing that provides early and rapid indication of the onset of infection – by a simple colour change.

The dressing contains phospholipid vesicles which respond to membrane damaging toxins released by bacteria in wounds as the microbes reach a critical density.

SmartWound® RESOLVE: Near to patient infection sensing

Wound swab sensor detects the following bacteria in less than 15 minutes:

Staphylococcus aureus
Paseudomonas aeruginosa
Candida species
Enterococcus faecalis