Dear All: The international conversation continues apace following the recent DRIVE-AB meeting on antibiotic incentives. There are two further important meetings coming up that you may wish to know about. First, Wellcome Trust is co-hosting a side-event with the UN Foundation during the UN General Assembly on 21 Sep (yes, this week!). The side event is from 8a-10a in
Dear All: On Wednesday 6 Sep at the ASM-ESCMID Conference on Antibacterial Development, we heard 3 superb back-to-back talks on the evolving regulatory and health technology assessment (HTA) landscape. The speakers (Marco Cavaleri, PhD, Head of Anti-Infectives and Vaccines, EMA; Sumati Nambiar, MD, Director, Division of Anti-infective Products, FDA; and Colm Leonard, MD, Consultant Clinical Adviser,
Dear All: Below my signature, find details of 4 new meetings and (collectively) 4 active or upcoming grant opportunities. One of the grants has a 6 Sep deadline, so look quickly! At the very bottom of the email you will find an integrated summary of all upcoming meetings … there is a lot going on!
Dear All: For your weekend reading list, I have some papers on the topic of (mostly pull) incentives for antibiotics. First, I previously wrote about the survey from TATFAR (Transatlantic Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance) of 6 possible pull models (higher reimbursement, diagnostic confirmation, market entry rewards both fully and partially delinked, tradable exclusivity vouchers, and an options market).
Dear All: CDC has today announced $9m in funding for more than 20 new projects focused on slowing or combating antimicrobial resistance. Part of the CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, these projects span a broad range that includes surveillance (C. auris, antibiotic resistance in a watershed, antibiotic resistance in poultry farms), diagnostics (POC tools, what’s in hospital sewage
Dear All: Two updates today. First, our colleagues at London School of Economics have just published a review of antibiotic innovation incentives that includes a detailed review of some of the currently available sources of funding (Simpkin VL et al., Incentivising innovation in antibiotic drug discovery and development: progress, challenges and next steps. J Antibiot, 1 Nov 2017). As
Dear All, I’ve written before about the AMR Action Fund (9 Jul 2020 newsletter): In brief, it is ~$1b pledged by over 20 leading pharmaceutical companies to support the Phase 2-3 studies needed to bring 2-4 new antibiotics to approval by 2030 Stated differently, the AMR Action Fund provides Push incentives for Phase 2-3 to complement the Push Incentives
Dear All (and with thanks to Kevin Outterson for co-authoring), We’ve written and talked before from various perspectives about the groundbreaking UK NHS England-, NHS Improvement-, and NICE-sponsored antibiotic subscription pilot project: 10 Feb 2021: Fabulous 5-minute video explainer on the economics of antibiotics by Andrew Jack of Financial Times Superb discussions of Push/Pull, the role
Dear All, Andrew Jack of the Financial Times (FT) has produced a superb 5-minute video explainer of the AMR challenge! Featuring cameos from Kevin Outterson (CARB-X), Christine Ardal (Norwegian Institute of Public Health), and Manica Balasegaram (GARDP), the video deftly illustrates the economic challenge, the way that delinked Netflix-like models provide a solution, and the
Dear All (wonkish alert, but the details are fascinating … and with thanks to Kevin Outterson for co-authoring!), Two related items of note for today. First, the PASTEUR Act was introduced today (press release from Rep. Doyle; press release from Rep. Ferguson) into the US House of Representatives by the bipartisan team of U.S. Representatives