DR CLYDE SMITH on the research void

New Zealand-born research scientist Clyde Smith

Dr Clyde Smith discusses the growing problem of drug resistance and the current “discovery void.”

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This week's featured guest on NBR Sunday Business with Andrew Patterson is New Zealand-born research scientist Dr Clyde Smith who has been based at Stanford University in the US for the last decade.

He was a keynote speaker at this year's NZBIO annual conference. 

They discuss the growing concern over antibiotic-resistant superbugs and what is being termed the “research void” – where no significant scientific discoveries have been made in this area for more than two decades.


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So if the pharmaceutical companies don't want to do antibiotic research because they realise they won't make any money on it, and western governments don't want to pay for it, has anyone bothered to inquire what the Chinese government are doing about antibiotic resistance. After all they seem to have all the resources to do something about it, they are a command economy, they have been doing good things for the planet like creating Ebola vaccines...

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Would be sensible to formally look at the amount of use in farming (in NZ and around the world) as a predominant cause of antibiotic resistance. I'm not aware that there's any control of this here at all but am willing to be corrected.

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Too may parents are pc around children growing up.

Nature has most of the answers, if you let it. Unfortunately science in medicine has been commercialised to a point where the benefits are limited to a few. For this reason, trust in those pharma companies I would suggest has deteriorated.

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