How sharks inspired a new generation of medical devices | Ethan Mann | TEDxMileHigh

Antibiotics were an amazing drug – for a while. But this year, 2 million people will get an antibiotic-resistant infection, what the U.S. Center for Disease Control calls “one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.” So what if we looked at the problem in a completely different way? In this fascinating talk, microbiologist Ethan Mann explains how sharks inspired a lifesaving solution to antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Ethan Mann is the Vice President of Sharklet Technologies, Inc., an innovative surface technology company based in Aurora, Colorado. Ethan has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He trained as a post-doctoral fellow in infectious disease at the Ohio State University. He serves on NIH review panels to evaluate small business innovation research grants. Ethan played Division II College Football at Chadron State College, runs marathons, and is more athletic than he looks! He has four children with his beautiful wife of 14 years, Tracy. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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