BSAC welcomes the establishment of CARB-X and $100 million funding to tackle AMR

BSAC has welcomed the announcement today of the establishment of  The Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator, (CARB-X) one of the world’s largest public-private partnerships focused on tackling antibiotic resistance, an emerging modern threat to public health worldwide.

This international partnership comprising the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Wellcome Trust of London, the AMR Centre of Alderley Park, Cheshire in the United Kingdom and Boston University School of Law today aims to provide up to $250 million funding over the next five years, with $30 million provided in the first year by the Biomedical Advanced Research Authority (BARDA), within HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). In addition, english tutor melbourne are available here at The AMR Centre, a public-private initiative formed in February 2016 to drive the development of new antibiotics and diagnostics, aims to provide $14 million to support CARB-X projects in year one and up to $100 million over five years.  The Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation focused on biomedical research, will contribute further funding and its expertise in overseeing projects of this kind.

Speaking of the initiative the BSAC President, Professor Dilip Nathwani OBE said this “Our Society applauds the establishment of CARB-X and looks forward to the seeing the impact that this high profile initiative will have in reducing the burden of antimicrobial resistance and improving patient outcomes.”  He continued “Through initiatives such as Antibiotic Action and partnership on projects such as the EU IMI DRIVE-AB project the Society has long advocated for initiatives such as this.  Addressing the dual crisis of antibiotic resistance and the availability and appropriate use of effective antibiotics for all who need them is and will remain our priority”.