R&D Insight

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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Amended Indian PPL slide / SUPERBUGS Act / Novo REPAIR Global Call

Dear All, Three bits of news you can use… First, when I wrote yesterday about the new Indian Priority Pathogen List (PPL), I said that it was similar to the WHO PPL list except for the addition of Staphylococcus epidermidis (and speculated that this relates to the role of S. epidermidis in neonatal sepsis). Well, it

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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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US National Action Plan for Combatting AMR: 2020-25 update!

Dear All (and with thanks to Kevin Outterson for doing the heavy lifting on this note), As you may recall, the US National Action Plan for Combatting Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria (US NAP CARB) was launched in 2015 on the heels of the 2013 CDC report on antimicrobial threats (link to that report) and is/was a

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WHO to create a Priority Pathogen List for Fungi! / RFP to build the list

Dear All, WHO have been thinking about the threat of resistant fungi as well as resistant bacteria. An initial discussion by a small working group on approaches to priority fungal pathogens (April 2020, here’s the link to the report) concluded that Candida auris; azole-resistant Candida spp., azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus, Cryptococcus neoformans (& C. gattii), Pneumocystis jirovecii, Mucorales, and potentially Histoplasmosis were

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BARDA seeks information: Are you creating an antibiotic for Yersinia or other biothreat Gram-negatives?

Dear All, BARDA is interested in hearing from antibiotic developers about antibiotics which could be used under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or marketing authorization for the treatment and/or PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) of a biothreat indication, specifically: Y. pestis, F. tularensis, and/or B. pseudomallei. Here’s the core message from the pre-solicitation notice: Topline: “The U.S. Government

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Where’s the innovation? / Indian Priority Pathogen List / DTR video explainer

Dear All, Three things briefly this evening: First, the observation about the limited degree of innovation across products in Phases 1-3 in the recent newsletter about the Pew Pipeline review (only 1 in 4 are novel classes or novel mechanisms; none are potentially active against Gram-negative ESKAPE pathogens or WHO critical threat pathogens) generated queries along

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All-in cost of a new antibiotic from discovery to 10 years on market

Dear All (and with thanks to Kevin Krause for co-authoring this newsletter), The elements that contribute to the all-in cost of an antibiotic have been reviewed in two prior newsletters: 6 Mar 2020 (focused on cost of R&D to approval): What does an antibiotic cost to develop? What is it worth? How to afford it? 7 Jan

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Sunday 10 Jan: UCSF-Stanford regulatory conference with FDA

Dear All, New on the meetings calendar today is the 10 Jan 2021 UCSF-Stanford Innovations in Regulatory Science Summit. Per the meeting website: “It is a gathering of leaders in the academia, industry and regulatory sectors to discuss the role of regulatory science in medical product development.   “The 2021 Summit will have a major focus on

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