• Question: What is/was your most successful medicine? What did it do?

    Asked by genghisbranflakes to Ivan on 19 Nov 2013.
    • Photo: Ivan Campeotto

      Ivan Campeotto answered on 19 Nov 2013:

      The process that takes a medicine from the laboratory to the shelf of the chemist shop is very very long and it can take decades. During my last 8 years of research I found the structure of many weak points of the bacteria. Now that we know how these weak points look like, we can design and test some new medicines to stop them. If the tests are successful and we find some medicines which are good in fighting bacteria (I work on the bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus), many years of studies will follow to confirm that these medicines are safe to take and there are no side effects.