John Rex

WHO Bacterial Priority Pathogen List (PPL): 2024 update

Dear All, WHO have just released a 2024 update to their 2017 (bacterial) Priority Pathogen List (PPL)! Here are the links you need: The WHO 2024 PPL. WHO’s webpage about the 2024 PPL. A PowerPoint (.pptx) deck (and there is also a .pdf version) summarizing the new PPL and all prior PPLs. https://amr.solutions/pathogens-and-pipelines/, the AMR.Solutions webpage

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Environmental, Animal, and Human Uses of Phage: WHO webinars

Dear All, I have just this weekend learned of a 3-part WHO webinar series on uses of phage. Two of the webinars have already been held; the 3rd is scheduled for 16 May. All are / will be available for post-webinar review. The links you need are below — in addition, a copy of the

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New UK 5-year AMR plan: Subscription model details!

Dear All, Today is a newsletter double-header! Coming hard on the heels of the opportunity to support an ESCMID petition to UNGA 2024, the UK today released the details of its next five-year action plan. Excitingly for this audience, there is an updated roadmap for the UK’s next steps in its subscription model. Here are

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R&D Implications: Global Burden Disease is 28% Infectious!

Dear All (with thanks to Erin Duffy for co-authoring and with a wonkish alert! Refresh your coffee!), In a fascinating follow-up to their 2022 paper on the global burden of antimicrobial resistance (20 Jan 2022 newsletter entitled “#AMRSOS! GRAM Report: ‘At Least 1.27m Deaths/Year Directly Attributable To AMR’”), the team at IHME (Institute for Health

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OHE £40k Policy Innovation Prize: AMR, anyone?

Dear All, One of your alert co-readers (Abigail Herron) pointed out to me the currently open call for applications for the OHE (Office of Health Economics) Innovation Policy Prize, a biennial £40k prize seeking “to promote thought leadership and solution-based theories around the big questions affecting the future of our industry.” Intriguingly for the AMR community, their

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WHO call for data on pre-clinical antifungal R&D projects

Dear All, As part of their long-running project to maintain a useful view of the global antibacterial and antifungal pipelines, WHO yesterday announced a call for data on pre-clinical antifungal R&D projects. The scope is anything from Lead Optimization to pre-IND. Here are the links you need: The WHO webpage describing the call for data

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48,015 → 0: Antibacterial discovery is hard. Really, really hard.

Dear All (and with thanks to Patricia Bradford for co-authoring this newsletter), When you are seeking novelty, antibacterial discovery is hard … really, really, REALLY hard. And it gets even harder if you want activity vs. Gram-negative bacteria. As the latest proof of this, a paper from GARDP’s Blasco et al. describing use of an

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