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NIAID BAA – Biodefense focus / Fireside Chat on diagnostics and more

Dear All, We are swimming in Broad Agency Announcements aka BAAs! As a refresher, I recently shared a BAA from the CDC and one from BARDA — now we have another one from NIAID! There’s a strong biodefense angle here with lots of scope. Key details of each opportunity are as follows and I highly recommend you check

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21st Century Cures v2.0 — PASTEUR Act is embedded!

Dear All, Building on the success of the 21st Century Cures Act passed in 2016 and springboarding from a concept paper published in Science, U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, and Fred Upton, R-Michigan, have today introduced the 21st Century Cures Act v2.0! Here are the links you need: Discussion draft of the Cures 2.0 bill Cures 2.0

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2022 GLASS report / JPIAMR survey on 2025-2032 funding plan

Dear All, First up for today, WHO’s GLASS (Global Antimicrobial Resistance and Use Surveillance System) have released an update to their ongoing work that provides global data through 2020. Here the links you need: The GLASS dashboard The GLASS report An insightful LinkedIn post on the way(s) that the data can now be used: you

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Implementation Handbook on National Action Plans from WHO

Dear All, Continuing on the theme of helping countries develop their own national action plans, WHO released the “WHO implementation handbook for national action plans on antimicrobial resistance: guidance for the human health sector“. The handbook has some great infographics like the one below and will shortly be translated into French, Spanish, and Russian. There

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Comment on US 2023-2026 National Health Security Strategy

Dear All, The US Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR) is looking for comments on the 2023-2026 National Health Security Strategy (NHSS). They would like input from stakeholders in public health, healthcare, emergency management, national security, non-governmental organizations, academia, and private industry.  Their specific questions to consider are: What are the most critical national health

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NIAID BAA To Support In Vitro Diagnostic Product Development

Dear All, Excitingly, NIAID has released a new BAA (Broad Agency Announcement) entitled “Diagnostics Pre-Clinical Services Program.” Similar to the prior BAA for support of biopharmaceutical product development, this new BAA for diagnostic devices seeks a group who can manage a “multiple award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) type contract” (read that slowly!) and through it offer a comprehensive

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Antibiotic supply chains: Challenges & Opportunities

Dear All, In a report entitled Understanding the Antibiotic Manufacturing Ecosystem: A view of global supply chains, pressure points, and implications for antimicrobial resistance response, the Boston Consulting Group and Wellcome Trust have examined at length the questions of (i) how the #FireExtinguishersOfMedicine are made and (ii) how they can be made with the least impact

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UK Pull (Netflix) pilot: STEDI-based QALY value of new antibiotics implies societal value > 10m GBP/year!

Dear All (and with thanks to Kevin Outterson for co-authoring this newsletter), We’ve written before about the UK’s “Netflix” pilot antibiotic Pull incentive in which England leads the way on showing how it plans to provide its fair share of a global antibacterial Pull incentive (for background on Pull incentives, see this superb 5-minute video explainer). In

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