The COMBACTE (Combatting Bacterial Resistance in Europe) project, resulting from the sixth Call for proposals issued by the IMI, is one of the projects that is part of the "New Drugs For Bad Bugs" (ND4BB) programme. It is the result of the initial association between industry and two academic consortia, the Eu-ACT and INCRAID, run respectively by Marc Bonten of the University of Utrecht and Bruno Franois of Limoges University Hospital, both being responsible for overall project coordination along with representatives of the EFPIA, Scott White (GlaxoSmithKline) and Seamus O'Brien (Astra Zeneca).
The project will last for seven years and will bring together about 20 partners from all over Europe. It is designed to generate innovative trials to facilitate the registration of new anti-bacterial agents, mainly through the creation of a network of experienced investigators. It will also design and validate tests to support the diagnosis of patients, identify the most suitable treatments and monitor the treatment response.
Much of the project will be devoted to performing clinical trials of anti-infectious medication currently being developed by the pharmaceutical companies involved in the programme. The first antibiotic to be subjected to clinical trials under the COMBACTE programme has been developed by GlaxoSmithKline's laboratories.
For these purposes, the total budget for the COMBACTE project amounts to nearly 195 million euros, a scale of finance hitherto unequalled in private-public clinical research.
French partners in the European COMBACTE Project
Of the various partners, several French entities are involved in the COMBACTE project.
Dr Bruno Franois, under the aegis of Limoges University Hospital, will be responsible for coordinating the clinical trials in collaboration with all the European investigator centres and the GSK Group and GSK France (GSK Medical Management France) Research Groups. Dr Franois will also partic
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INSERM (Institut national de la sant et de la recherche mdicale)