R&D Insight

Leaving the lab: The decline in AMR R&D professionals

Dear All, The AMR Industry Alliance has today released a fascinating and disturbing report. Entitled “Leaving the Lab: Tracking the Decline in AMR R&D Professionals” (press release, report itself), its key message of “Researchers Are Leaving the AMR Field – Even as the Threat Rapidly Grows” is illustrated vividly by the report’s graphics. I’m going

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ADVANCE-ID seeks antibiotic for P2/3 development Asia!

Dear All, Yow! Led by David Paterson,  ADVANCE-ID (ADVANcing Clinical Evidence in Infectious Diseases) is a research group launched March 2023 as a network of more than 30 hospitals across Asia. The exciting news is that ADVANCE-ID have just announced that they are seeking a novel antimicrobial agent vs. MDR Gram-negatives that could be advanced in the clinic

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Language matters: CRE vs. CPE; SDD vs. I; and MDR, XDR, PDR, UDR vs. DTR

Note: See also these related newsletters: 13 Jan 2019 (link) on DTR as part of the language of resistance and 7 June 2020 (link) on using DTR to estimate antibiotic value. There is also a 5-minute DTR explainer on YouTube that you might find useful. Dear All (wonk-ish note alert!), Three technical points for your consideration

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Categories of resistance: MDR, XDR, PDR, UDR, and (new!) DTR

Note: See also these related newsletters: 20 Feb 2020 (link) on DTR as part of the language of resistance and 7 June 2020 (link) on using DTR to estimate antibiotic value. There is also a 5-minute DTR explainer on YouTube that you might find useful. Dear All: When thinking about studies of resistant pathogens, issues

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AI-based drug discovery: Chemical vs. drugs (Part 4)

Dear All, We had fun in Feb 2020 discussing whether an antibacterial compound discovered using machine learning was a drug or just a chemical. Building on that conversation, the lab that wrote the original report has a new paper about identification of a narrow-spectrum compound with activity vs. Acinetobacter baumannii. Here are the links you’ll

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EMA-FDA-PMDA action + Podcasts (CDD, Pew) + NEJM on non-inferiority

Dear All: Several updates today, all on the theme of good things to know or share! First, EMA, FDA, and PMDA are continuing to meet and have released a summary of their third tripartite meeting. The key message is alignment: alignment on trial designs for key indications, alignment on pediatric programs, and alignment on single global development programs! This is

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WHO 2020 clinical/preclinical pipeline review; Chat with WHO’s Peter Beyer

Dear All, WHO have today updated their 2019 clinical/preclinical pipeline review by releasing their 2020 analyses of both the clinical and pre-clinical antibacterial product pipelines (the new 2020 report, the press release). Their 2020 review of antibacterial products in Phase 1 and beyond covers both traditional (n = 43) and non-traditional products (n = 27)

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WHO-FAO-OIE OneHealth survey on research priorities / JPIAMR-VRI integrated resistance database

Dear All, Two brief items today: First, a survey on OneHealth research priorities from WHO/FAO/OIE: “The Tripartite collaboration between World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)) is joining efforts to develop a One Health priority research agenda on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). “This

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