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GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca in Joint £180m Antibiotics Research

24 May 12

New €224m (£180m) funding to enable development of antibiotics for bacterial infections and drive unprecedented information sharing

GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca today welcomed the launch of a pioneering approach to antibiotic research in Europe that will see pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies working alongside public partners to tackle the rising threat from antibiotic resistance and address some of the key barriers to the development of effective antibiotics.

The objective of the proposed research programme is to improve the underlying scientific understanding of antibiotic resistance, design and implement efficient clinical trials and take novel drug candidates through clinical development. The programme is part of the European Commission’s Action Plan against the rising threats from Antimicrobial Resistance, launched in November last year.

Set against a backdrop of emerging resistant bacteria and with the pipeline of future antibiotics described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “virtually dry”, this innovative research programme, NewDrugs4BadBugs, intends to boost the currently faltering discovery and development of new antibiotics.

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