Dr. Maarten van Dongen

Antimicrobial resistance: tackling the biggest threat of Health and Food Safety

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) develops when bacteria, fungi or viruses are exposed to antibiotics, antifungals or antivirals. As a result, the antimicrobials become ineffective and infections may persist. In addition, medical interventions including surgery, chemotherapy and stem cell therapy may become impossible. The global solutions to Antimicrobial resistance include:
• To prevent infectious diseases
• To implement antibiotic stewardship
• To develop improved microbial diagnostics
• To develop novel antibiotics and antimicrobial products
• To develop alternative antimicrobial strategies
AMR is a global and above all collective challenge asking for an ‘inclusive’ solution: professionals and citizens must assume their responsibilities. AMR Insights is committed to eliminating antimicrobial resistance because it does not accept that millions of innocent people need to die as a result of resistant bacteria and other microorganisms.

About Maarten van Dongen
Dr. Maarten van Dongen is a Molecular / Medical Microbiologist by training. After his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Amsterdam, he was working for the international pharma and biopharma industry. Later he consulted many public and private organizations in the field of Life Sciences and innovation. As a Consultant Maarten has guided several large-scale projects in the field of AMR. Maarten is director at AMR Insights. AMR Insights is a network-based organization interacting with professionals in Human and Veterinary Health, Agrifood and Environment. AMR Insights informs, educates and connects relevant professionals around the globe with the aim to curb Antimicrobial resistance. AMR Insights takes into account that different professionals need different information on AMR. To this end AMR Insights has defined 6 Focal Areas: Healthy Patients, Effective Surveillance, Healthy Animals, Secure Food, Clean Environment and Smart Innovation.