R&D Insight

Workshop on TB drugs: Lessons for the antibacterial community

Dear All: ​I listened with interest to the 19 July 2017 FDA Workshop entitled “Development of New Tuberculosis Treatment Regimens– Scientific and Clinical Trial Design Considerations.” Most of the materials from the meeting are available online (see link below my signature).  I was interested in this workshop both because I want to see new TB

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Young people and AMR: A global summit! A video game!

Dear All, Today we have two hopeful signs from our younger colleagues about the future of AMR! First Global AMR Youth SummitThe World Health Students’ Alliance (WHSA) has announced a 3-day virtual event (20-22 Nov 2020, see details below) where “youth around the world come together to discuss, learn, and get empowered about various AMR-related

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Data sharing enhances antibiotic R&D / Pew’s SPARK data-sharing platform

Note: If you have trouble downloading the files referenced by this newsletter, please use the copy of the newsletter posted at https://amr.solutions/. Dear All, Following the precept “Don’t repeat old mistakes — always make new ones,” a foundational goal of the CARB-X program was to provide open access to R&D data from terminated projects. As

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Chemical vs. drugs (Part 2): How do you discriminate? / More on halicin

Dear All (wonkish note alert!), The recent newsletter on chemicals, drugs, and halicin (link, see also a follow-up newsletter here) generated significant discussion and new insights that I thought I would share in a follow-up newsletter. Our theme in Part 2 is “Trust, but verify!”  Let’s start by considering comments on the newsletter. A number of

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Chemicals vs. drugs (Part 1): The end of bacitracin / the buzz around halicin

This newsletter has a follow-up here. Dear All, Today’s theme is a 2-part journey that could be subtitled “Many are called, but few are chosen,” or “It’s easy to kill bacteria — steam, fire, and bleach are consistently effective — but those aren’t drugs!” Our first stop is with a very old compound, bacitracin. Approved in 1948

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Nature publishes superb 10-paper collection on all things AMR

Dear All,  Released on 21 Oct 2020, Nature has published an Outlook series on AMR. The papers are 2-4 pages long and provide an excellent survey of all things AMR from the perspective of R&D in support of new therapies and vaccines (diagnostics are not covered). See below the list of papers with brief comments

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NIAID Small Business Application Assistance Program seeks applications!

Dear All, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) put out a call on 22 Oct 2020 for applications for its Applicant Assistance Program (AAP). The AAP provides no cost support for US-based companies planning to apply for a Phase II, Fast Track, or Direct-to-Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology

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FDA workshop: Insights on inhaled antifungals and antibacterials

Dear All (wonkish alert … coffee up!), FDA held a workshop on 25 Sep 2020 on development of inhaled antifungal (AF) therapies with a focus on (i) therapies for allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) and severe asthma with fungal sensitization (SAFS), (ii) prophylaxis in lung transplantation, and (iii) adjunct therapy in invasive fungal lung infections (link to

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