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Technical Consultation on Innovative Models for New Antibiotics’ Development and Preservation

A one day “Technical Consultation on Innovative Models for New Antibiotics’ Development and Preservation” was held at WHO headquarters on 13 May 2014. The meeting brought together leading experts to present and discuss innovative models fostering discovery and development of new antibiotics as part of the tool-kit to address challenges related to antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a growing global health threat. WHO is developing a Global Action Plan for AMR (GAP-AMR), endorsed by the 67th World Health Assembly in May 2014, that aims to provide guidance on the development of a multi-sectoral comprehensive, coordinated and sustained approach to address AMR. One goal of the GAC-AMR is to establish a mechanism to promote the discovery and development of novel antibiotics that are safe, effective and available and ensures that new molecules are judiciously supplied and rationally used in order to further avoid the development of resistance.

Market failures in the discovery and development of new antibiotics are well documented which underscore the need for innovate approaches and models to sustainably encourage research and development (R&D) in this area. A number of models have been suggested in recent times and/or currently being tested and this consultation meeting was a venue to present some of these models.

The meeting was held under “Chatham House” rules where comments are not attributed to individual speakers.

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