4 Mar 2020 update: I recently confirmed with Barry O’Keefe (see his email below) that (i) the program is up and running with 326,000 fractions currently available and (ii) the library is available to researchers world-wide. Please contact Barry if you want to take advantage of this program!
I learned very recently about the National Cancer Institute’s Natural Products Branch (NPB) and its program for Natural Product Discovery (NPNPD) as a resource for antimicrobial discovery. Started some years ago as a resource initially for cancer drug discovery, the NPB now has a global collection of extracts (aqueous and organic) from >230,000 sources: ~161k plant-based, ~41k marine-based, and ~30k microbial-based.
The goal for the NPNPD is creation of a ~1,000,000 fraction library of semi-pure natural product samples that are amenable to modern screening technologies. The work is well-launched and an initial collection of ~150k prefractionated samples will be available in January 2019.
The library will be available pre-platted in 384-well plates that are ready for use in your screening system with 10 micrograms of material per well (enough to make 1 mL at 10 micrograms/mL, the highest screening concentration that is recommended). The library is free — the user pays only shipping charges. Secondary fractionation services to support hit analysis will also be available for a fee. Finally, an impressive amount of supportive bioinformatics will be available to allow aggregation of data on each sample’s properties … imagine if you will a Wiki page for each sample!
This feels like a real game-changer for natural product screening — please take a look and see if this might be useful in your work! To learn more, here are 3 places to start:
- A somewhat dated description of the NPD is available here.
- The Sep 2018 issue ACS Biology has an article about the NCI-NPL.
- A .pdf of the presentation I heard today can be found here. Please be forewarned that this is a 36 MB file … be patient!
Wow! Many thanks to the Natural Products Branch at NCI for making this happen. Happy drug-hunting!
All best wishes, –jr
John H. Rex, MD | Chief Medical Officer, F2G Ltd. | Expert-in-Residence, Wellcome Trust. Follow me on Twitter: @JohnRex_NewAbx. See past newsletters and subscribe for the future: http://amr.solutions/blog/
General notes of interest for the AMR community
- Novo’s REPAIR Impact fund will re-open for proposals during the window 4 Sep – 11 Oct. Watch for further news here.
- IMI AMR Accelerator programme Pillar A within IMI Call 15: Capability-building network to manage the whole accelerator and strengthen AMR science. This is a two-stage call, with letter of intent from applicants expected on 24 Oct 2018.
- IMI AMR Accelerator programme Pillar B: Tuberculosis drug development network within IMI Call 15: Tuberculosis drug development network to collaboratively progress TB compounds and validate new tools for TB drug development. This is a two-stage call, with letter of intent from applicants expected on 24 Oct 2018.
- IMI Call 16: A series of individual programs where a single EFPIA partner works with a consortium to progress compounds for for TB, non-tuberculous mycobacteria, and Gram-negatives. This is a one-stage call, with full proposal from the EFPIA and applicant consortium expected on 24 Oct 2018.
- BARDA DRIVe’s Solving Sepsis Broad Agency Announcement (BAA-18-100-SOL-00018) is open for applications through 31 May 2019. See also this prior newsletter as well as the FedBizOpps.gov website for general details.
Upcoming meetings of interest to the AMR community:
- [Don’t miss this one!] 4-7 Sep 2018 ESCMID-ASM Conference (#3) on Drug Development for AMR (Lisbon, Portugal). Full program is now posted.
- [NEW] 11 Sep 2018 (webinar): GARDP-sponsored webinar entitled “Development of antibacterial drugs targeting specific pathogens” and with speakers from FDA and EMA.
- 13 Sep 2018 (webinar): “Beyond the Lipinski Rule of 5“, a CDD-sponsored webinar featuring Dr. Lipinski himself!
- 17 Sep 2018 (Washington): NIAID workshop entitled “Science and Regulation of Live Microbiome-Based Products Used to Prevent, Treat, or Cure Diseases in Humans.” More details and registration are here.
- 24-28 Sep 2018 (Big Sky, Montana): MSG-ERC (Mycoses Study Group) Biennal meeting
- [NEW] 25 Sep 2018 (New York City): UN General Assembly side-event entitled “Launch of the AMR Challenge.” Sponsored by CDC, BMGF, Pew, Wellcome, and the UN foundation, this is a kick-off event for a year-long effort to encourage commitments to tackling the AMR problem.
- [NEW ONLINE LINK] 26 Sep 2018 (Columbus, OH): Opening meeting of PACCARB. The available data about the meeting are found here.
- 28 Sep 2018 (New York City): New York Academy of Sciences workshop entitled “Minimizing the Risk of Antimicrobial Resistance from Food Animal Production”
- 3-7 Oct 2018 (San Francisco): ID Week
- 6-14 Oct 2018 International Course on Antibiotics and Resistance (ICARe, Les Pensières, Annecy, France)
- 23 Oct 2018 (New York City): New York Academy of Sciences workshop entitled “New Therapeutic Strategies to Combat Antibacterial Resistance“
- 26 Oct 2018 (London): EMA information day for SMEs: “Regulatory toolbox for medicines and combined devices developers”. Here is the current agenda. Webcast will be available. More details from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 29-30 Oct 2018 (Washington: BARDA Industry Days, a 2-day conference on countermeasure development for the US Government
- 7-9 Nov 2018 (Seville, Spain): Better Methods for Clinical Studies in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology: A Hands-on Workshop
- [NEW] 8 Nov 2018 (Alderley Park, UK): Bionow’s 1-day Bioinfect conference
- [NEW ONLINE LINK] 13 Nov 2018 (London): All-Parties Parliamentary Working Group on AMR meeting. Online materials here.
- [NEW ONLINE LINK] 16 Nov 2018 (Berlin): Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition is organizing a conference on life sciences and innovation. Online materials here.
- 29-30 Nov 2018 (Birmingham, UK): BSAC (British Society Antimicrobial Chemotherapy): Antibiotic Resistance Mechanisms Workshop for Researchers.
- 14-15 Mar 2019 (Berlin): BEAM– and ND4BB-ENABLE-sponsored Berlin Conference on Novel Antimicrobials and AMR Diagnostics. Details here.
- 21-22 Mar 2019 (Birmingham, UK): BSAC Spring Conference.