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Rutgers gets up to $26 million grant to lead development of new antibiotics
Date:4/25/2014

ean Brady, a chemical biologist at The Rockefeller University in New York City; David Alland, an infectious disease researcher at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Joel Freundlich, a medicinal chemistry expert from New Jersey Medical School; and Richard Ebright, principal investigator in Rutgers' Waksman Institute of Microbiology. It was at the Waksman Institute that the groundbreaking antibiotic streptomycin was developed in 1943.

The global biopharmaceutical company Cubist, the first industry member of the consortium, will have an essential role in the research effort, which will include collaborating to advance new discoveries into the clinical development stage. The recently-formed Institute for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases at New Jersey Medical School will also play a key role in the partnership as will other major components of the newly-aligned Rutgers scientific community.

CETR will include sophisticated core resources through which highly promising early concept molecules developed by the research team can be turned into potential antibiotics suitable for clinical testing. The center will have access to facilities that include the Rutgers Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, an NIH-designated national research center for pathogens such as high-threat bioterror agents that can be engineered to be resistant to existing antibiotics. The team also will seek to develop new bacteria-fighting approaches that are designed to sidestep, or at least significantly slow, development of bacterial resistance in the future. Perlin and a distinguished Scientific Advisory Committee, which includes veteran members of the pharmaceutical industry, will guide the overall program.


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Contact: Rob Forman
robert.forman@rutgers.edu
973-972-7276
Rutgers University
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