Creating an innovation ecosystem for rapid diagnostic tests for livestock to support sustainable antibiotic use

Ann Bruce, Katherine E. Adam, Henry Buller, Kin Wing (Ray) Chan, Joyce Tait

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of today’s greatest public health threats and reducing antimicrobial use in livestock is essential to prevent its spread, requiring rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) to ensure that the drug prescribed matches the sensitivity of the disease organism. However, despite decades of research on RDTs and a relatively permissive regulatory environment in the UK, few devices are in commercial use. Challenges discussed by RDT developers included identifying commercially-viable targets, and management of the innovation ecosystem, e.g. to create clear pathways to market supporting positive interactions between farmers, vets, and other actors along the value chain. Future support for RDT development could be provided through incorporation in: assured food systems; business service packages provided by centralised laboratories; or animal health monitoring packages related to the spread of AMR. Breeding stock sales could require an accompanying health package including RDTs, vaccines and/or antibiotics, linking to precision agriculture approaches. Unlike the example of RDT development for COVID-19, it seems that the urgency of the issue and the clarity of links between animal and human health outcomes are not yet sufficient to support a fast-tracking programme for the development of RDTs to combat AMR.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Early online date9 Jul 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jul 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • antimicrobial resistance
  • livestock
  • rapid diagnostics
  • point-of-care diagnostics


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