Fighting Superbugs: The “Working to Fight AMR” Campaign

Biospace | September 04, 2019

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is increasingly becoming a global problem. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 2 million people each year are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and 23,000 people die as a result. A recent study by the UK government estimated that by 2050, as many as 10 million people could die worldwide from antibiotic-resistant infections. “Working to Fight AMR” is an initiative by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) to support efforts to increase development of new antibiotics to treat emerging AMR infections. Greg Frank, director of the campaign and director of Infectious Disease Policy at BIO, spoke withBioSpace about the campaign and its goals. Noting that fighting bacterial infections has been a major underpinning of modern medicine, and that so many procedures in cancer, chemotherapy, organ transplants, complex surgery and Caesarian sections have been made possible through these innovations, Frank says, “we’ve lost a few steps in the fight against the rise of drug resistance. We are behind in terms of developing the pipeline of new medicines to stay ahead of resistance.”

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A look at the Cell Biology, Genetics & Molecular Medicine discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio.

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