European Firms Combat Antibiotic Resistance | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 22 | p. 27 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 28, 2012

European Firms Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Department: Business
Keywords: antibiotic resistance, public-private partnerships

Europe’s Innovative Medicines Initiative is launching a $281 million program in which academics and five drug companies will tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. IMI, a public-private partnership, will provide $137 million of the funding, and the five companies—Glaxo­SmithKline, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sanofi, and Basilea Pharmaceutica—will provide the rest. Among the program’s goals are better-designed clinical trials for testing experimental antibiotics against resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus. IMI says Europe saw 25,000 deaths in 2007 due to antimicrobial resistance.

 
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