Wax Selection – Leaders in Pharma, Biotech & MedTech Recruitment
Tuesday, November 18th marked European Antibiotic Awareness Day. Public health experts, hospitals, and physicians in the United Kingdom gathered to raise awareness of what can be done to fight what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls one of the top three threats to human health. The issue of rising antibiotic resistance and the lack of treatment options is causing increasing concern worldwide, including in the UK.
To address the urgent need for new antibiotics, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBST), the global leader in the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel antibiotics, is investing significantly in global antibiotic R&D and is focusing its late-stage pipeline on addressing serious and potentially life-threatening healthcare-acquired bacterial infections. To fight the global battle against antibiotic resistance and to support the potential launch of two new antibiotics in Europe in 2015, Cubist is expanding its presence in Europe and has recently begun operations in the UK.
“This year’s awareness day comes at a critical juncture,” said Sebastian Stachowiak, Country Manager, United Kingdom, Ireland and Nordics, Cubist Pharmaceuticals. “With resistant bacterial infections resulting in an estimated 25,000 deaths in the European Union, solutions are needed today to address growing resistance in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe.”
Twenty percent of all deaths due to antibiotic resistance infections in Europe occur in the United Kingdom.
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued its first ever report on antibiotic resistance earlier this year and their characterization of the problem was stark. Less than a century after widely available antibiotics ushered in an era of increasing life expectancy thanks to the ability to fight infection, mankind is now at risk of entering a “post antibiotic era” where doctors no longer have medications to treat serious infections.
As a company at the forefront of antibiotic development, Cubist is a founding member of a recently announced public-private consortium called DRIVE-AB (Driving Reinvestment in R&D and Responsible Antibiotic Use). DRIVE-AB is a €9.4 million public-private consortium, funded by the EU Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), with the goal of improving standards for responsible antibiotic use and development of new models for research and development of new treatments. Visit http://drive-ab.eu/about/ to learn more.
About Cubist’s Commitment to Antibiotic R&D
For more than 20 years, Cubist has had an unwavering focus on antibiotics. The Company is committed to global public health through the discovery, development, and supply of antibiotics to treat serious and potentially life-threatening infections caused by a broad range of increasingly drug-resistant bacteria. With one of the strongest antibiotics pipelines in the industry, Cubist expects to invest approximately $400M USD in 2014 on antibacterial R&D and hopes to deliver at least four new antibiotics in support of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) goal of 10 new antibiotics by 2020. To learn more about superbugs, the threat of resistance, and the global response visit: http://www.cubist.com/superbugs