Our invited minireview/concept article for the 'Emerging Investigators 2017 Themed Issue' is published in React. Chem. Eng. This paper describes the concept of distributed chemical manufacturing to tackle the geographically localised development of resistant strains of pathogens. Good job Joey and Christiane! and Thanks To Simon Croft and Vanessa Yardley at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.