Initiatives on increasing commercial value of antibiotics research

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SMi's Superbugs & Superdrugs 2018

SMi's Superbugs & Superdrugs conference this March will focus on the strategies pharmaceutical companies use to assist the development of new therapeutics & drugs, how to obtain funding for new projects and address why there is a current lack of incentives for researchers working in antimicrobial resistance research and development.


Superbugs & Superdrugs Conference | 19 - 20 March 2018 | London, UK


'The main issue with antibiotic drug development is the perceived low commercial value and many big pharmaceutical companies have pulled out of antibiotics research due to negative returns on investment. Mobilising public funding and ensuring that greater financial resources are available for the fight against AMR is therefore fundamental.

The good news is that there are numerous early stage drug development programmes in universities and institutes worldwide. These are only limited in what they can achieve by the amount of funding available.

Funding initiatives launched in the past 12 months, such as CARB-X, ENABLE and GARD-P, are providing around $600m for pre-clinical to clinical translation of new treatments and diagnostics, mainly in grant support to smaller biotechs*

-  AMR Centre, Laboratory News, January 17, 2018


At SMi's Superbugs & Superdrugs Conference these issues will be brought up in presentations:



Mark Albrecht, Health Scientist, HHS/ASPR/BARDA


- What is BARDA and why is it interested in AMR
- How BARDA partners with industry to stimulate innovation in AMR R&D
- How CARB-X is refilling the preclinical AMR product pipeline



Jean-Pierre Paccaud, Director of Business Development at GARDP, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)


- GARDP is a not-for-profit R&D organisation developing new treatments to tackle drug-resistant bacterial infections, and aiming at delivering them in a responsible, sustainable and accessible manner.

- Public-private partnerships contributions to fight AMR: collaboration and complementarity.

- Experimenting alternative business models to deliver innovation.

- Current programs and deals will be presented.


Interactive training on the USE OF ANIMAL MODELS IN PRE-CLINICAL DRUG DEVELOPMENT hosted by University of North Texas Health Science Centre – 21st March


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Superbugs & Superdrugs Conference | 19 - 20 March 2018 | London, UK



*Dr Peter Jackson, Executive Director of the AMR Centre, Laboratory News, January 17, 2018



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Lyudmyla Durneva

23 January, 2018