R&D Insight

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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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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WHO 2019 Review of the Preclinical and Clinical Antibacterial Pipeline

(15 Apr 2021 update: WHO have today released a 2020 update to the report discussed in this newsletter.) Dear All, WHO has today released two exhaustive reviews of the antibacterial R&D universe (and by way of full disclosure, let me say upfront that I participated in the clinical pipeline discussion). Based on a cut-off date

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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. Dear All (wonk-ish note alert!), Three technical points for your consideration today. All focus on the subtleties of language, something I always find fascinating

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FDA workshop: Animal models to support antibacterial development (5 Mar 2020)

Dear All (moderately long note alert; be sure to note the new list of funding opportunities just below my signature), FDA have announced a public workshop on 5 Mar 2020 to discuss progress and challenges in the development and advancement of various animal models for serious infection. The Federal Register notice is here and registration is here.

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Melinta goes bankrupt / Never let a good crisis go to waste

Dear All (long-ish, wonk-ish note alert … lots of details to absorb): This newsletter has a followup here. Sadly, Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. declared bankruptcy just before the end of 2019 (link). Formerly known as Rib-X (link), Melinta went public in 2017 through a reverse merger with Cempra (link); and via a series of deals had four

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