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Opportunity profile: Shot in the arm for antibiotic resistance

The United States government and the Wellcome Trust have joined forces to build Carb-X, an ambitious, risk-taking funding partnership dedicated to antimicrobial resistance. Lindsay McKenzie reports.

The Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator (Carb-X) was launched in July 2016, funded initially with $250 million from the US government. The Wellcome Trust also pitched in for an undisclosed, but in its own words “very significant” contribution.

CARB-X has run two calls putting a total of $70m on offer to researchers anywhere in the world. The most recent closed on 31 October and a third is expected to be launched in 2017.

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