Discovery Award Winner

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Team: Lab Without Walls Inc., Perth, Western Australia; Cellular Analysis Division, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Eugene, OR, USA; PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, Western Australia; School of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Western Australia; Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections Reference Unit, Public Health England, Colindale, UK; Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway; Defence Science and Technology Laboratories, Porton Down, UK; Department of Microbiology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.What we have to offer: We are an inclusive group with a field-led, global health development perspective and a firm grasp on the spread of antimicrobial resistance. We aim to develop PART-ICLE; a small personal antimicrobial resistance test. We will consolidate recently discovered rapid methods for detecting antimicrobial resistance, convert these into a series of standard procedures applicable to a wide range of multi-resistant bacteria, and develop methods that operate on simple, hand-held devices suitable for a range of field applications including point-of-care use. Noting the Millennium Development Goals, the Encompass group recognises the value of combined north-south and south-south cooperation in global health technology development and has mapped out a technology transfer pipeline that spans applied systems biology, an international network of research, public health and clinical microbiology labs and global antimicrobial resistance hotspots.