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I found that I was losing the plot about what was where! Here’s my quick guide to priority pathogens (just below) and pipeline reviews. Note in particular that a comparative Summary of the priority pathogens lists is provided. For my summary of incentives to support this pipeline, see this webpage. Corrections and amends gratefully received.

Priority Pathogen / Threat Lists

  • By my count, five priority pathogen lists have been proposed / published to date:
    1. India 2021: Newsletter is here, report is here.
    2. CDC 2019: Newsletter is here, report itself is here.
    3. WHO 2017: Newsletter is here, report itself is here.
    4. CDC 2013: Report itself is here.
    5. ESKAPE list 2008-9: This is the grandfather/mother of them all! The original papers are here:
      • (link) Rice LB. Federal funding for the study of antimicrobial resistance in nosocomial pathogens: no ESKAPE. J Infect Dis. 2008;197(8):1079-81.
      • (link) Boucher HW et al. Bad Bugs, No Drugs: No ESKAPE! An Update from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2009;48(1):1-12

To help you keep them organized, a comparative summary of the priority pathogen lists as a PowerPoint deck is here.

  • Please also see this newsletter for a further discussion of the priority pathogen lists as well as the idea of first- vs. best-in-class.

Pipeline Reviews

  • Reviews by WHO
    • WHO 2020: My newsletter is here (and includes a video chat with Peter Beyer, one of the key drivers of the report). The review itself is here.
    • WHO 2019: My newsletter is here, commentary by WHO staff is here, the pre-clinical pipeline review is here and is supported by a data-mining interface here; the clinical pipeline review is here.
    • WHO 2017: Newsletter is here, report is here, and manuscript about the review is here.
  • Reviews by the Pew Trusts (all updated as of March 2021; see also this newsletter)
    • Go here for traditional therapeutics.
    • Go here for a visualization of pipeline changes during 2014-2020.
    • Non-traditional products are separately summarized here.
  • Independent pipeline reviews
  • Access- and Stewardship-focused reviews
    • CDDEP’s “The State of the World’s Antibiotics Report in 2021” (link) presents extensive data on global antimicrobial use and resistance, a brief pipeline review, and by-country dashboards
    • ATMF’s “2021 Access to Medicine Index” (link) summarizes progress made and work to be done on access.

Updating WHO’s Bacterial Priority Pathogen List: Call for advisors

Dear All, Deadline: 15 August 2021: The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking experts to serve as members of the Advisory Group on the Bacterial Priority Pathogen List (AG BPPL). A “Call for experts” document provides information about the advisory group and the expert profiles being sought for the group. The document also provides information on

FDA-NIAID phage workshop / Social distancing in the 1800s

Dear All, This webinar merits a standalone newsletter! If you are thinking (or working on) phage, then please mark your calendar for an FDA (CBER; Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research) workshop entitled: Science and Regulation of Bacteriophage Therapy: August 30, 2021—September 1, 2021 The purpose of the public workshop is to exchange information with the

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