R&D Insight

Outstanding discussions of Pull, the NHS Pilot, and Antibiotic value

Dear All, The BEAM Alliance, along with its partners (CARB-X, the Novo REPAIR Impact Fund, the IMI AMR Accelerator, and the European Biotechnology Magazine) converted their annual AMR conference into a virtual event held 24-26 Aug 2021. As usual, it was excellent! I know we’re all really, REALLY tired of virtual meetings but the 2h/day x 3 day themed format worked well:

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WHO Pipeline Review: “The world is running out of antibiotics”

Dear All:  Released just a few hours ago in parallel with the UN General Assembly meetings, WHO has produced a detailed review of the global pipeline. As they note on their overview webpage, “The report found very few potential treatment options for those antibiotic-resistant infections identified by WHO as posing the greatest threat to health, including

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Estimating attributable mortality of resistant bloodstream infections: GLASS (WHO) recommended method

Dear All, WHO’s GLASS Secretariat (Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System, link) have recently released a standardized method for estimating attributable mortality of antimicrobial resistant bloodstream infections. The webpage discussing the document is here; the document itself is here. GLASS currently collects surveillance data on infections in the blood as well as the urinary, gastrointestinal, and

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Health Security underpins Economic Security: Fabulous webinar chaired by Dame Sally

Dear All, I want to call your attention to the replay available on YouTube of the excellent 24 Sep 2020 webinar entitled “The global movement of microorganisms:Tracking the spread of difficult-to-treat infections.” Chair by Dame Sally, this 90-minute webinar (link) had 4 global speakers: (Geneva) Hanan Balkhy, Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization (Addis Ababa) John Nkengasong,

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WHO Collaborating Centres for AMR: A rapidly growing group!

Dear All, I recently learned about the designation of Stanford as a WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for AMR and Stewardship. This caused me to dig a bit more into the way that WHO has created a global network of Collaborating Centres. WHOCC designation represents a sustained and productive collaboration with WHO (link). As an example, Stanford’s

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Japan’s antibacterial R&D landscape / Japan calls for Pull incentives

Dear All: Late last year, I had the opportunity to hear a presentation on antibiotic R&D in Japan by Norio Ohmagari. Based in Tokyo at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital (link), Norio is Director of its (i) AMR Clinical Reference Center, (ii) Disease Control and Prevention Center, and (iii)  WHO Collaborating

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Beyond Pull: Maximizing availability + (appropriate!) use / Help needed!

Dear All, Today we have two interwoven topics to consider: An analysis of research priorities (not all technical!) and a triad of related initiatives, each of which comes with an opportunity for you to starting working on some of those priorities! First up, we have an excellent new paper summarizing the perspective of 32 experts

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WHO wants your input on its draft TPPs for needed antibacterial agents

Dear All, WHO has developed a set of draft TPPs (target product profiles) for needed new antibiotics. As part of the process, they are now opening a public consultation. Here is the essential text from their announcement: “The World Health organization (WHO) is developing target products profiles (TPPs) for needed antibacterial agents, providing the public

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Looking forward: The global pre-clinical antibacterial pipeline / How will we care for these precious jewels?

​Dear All, Long note alert! There are two deep and deeply connected topics to share today. Refresh your coffee and settle in… Today’s first topic: Adding to the recent reviews of the clinical stage pipeline for both traditional products (link to the Sep 2019 Pew Charitable Trusts summary), and non-traditional products (link to an Aug 2019 newsletter summarizing

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