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Antibiotics

Only 90 years have passed since the discovery of the fungal compound effective against bacteria to the production of synthetic antibiotics. During this time, formerly dangerous medical treatments and diseases became possible or curable. The downside of the success of antibiotically active substances is their natural counterpart - evolution. The development of resistance in bacterial strains is the greatest challenge facing 21st century medicine.

Companies Antibiotics

Juvabis AG, Switzerland

The Swiss start-up company Juvabis designs next-generation aminoglycoside antibiotics that withstand mechanisms of bacterial drug-resistance and at the same time display superior tolerability due to increased target selectivity by rational design. Juvabis has been founded around a proprietary techno more

BioVersys AG, Switzerland

The Swiss biopharmaceutical company BioVersys focuses on research and development of small molecules which switch off drug resistance against existing antibiotics. With the company’s award-winning TRIC technology (Transcriptional Regulator Inhibitory Compounds) it will be possible to restore the eff more

Spero Therapeutics LLC, USA

Spero Therapeutics is highly committed to advancing novel treatment approaches for bacterial infections with a world-class team of biotechnology and biopharmaceutical experts. At Spero Therapeutics, we embrace the Italian word “spero,” which means “hope.” Spero’s mission as the leader in the field o more

News Antibiotics

  • Antibiotics: New substances break bacterial resistance

    Researchers at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have developed a new, promising class of active ingredients against resistant bacteria. In initial tests in cell cultures and insects, the substances were at least as effective as common antibiotics. The new compounds target a specia more

  • New strategies against the antibiotics crisis

    One of the most serious threats to public health worldwide is posed by antibiotic-resistant pathogens. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of the imminent beginning of a postantibiotic era in which harmless infections can no longer be treated and could once again become one of the most frequen more

  • Antibiotics with Novel Mechanism of Action Discovered

    Many life-threatening bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to existing antibiotics. Swiss researchers co-headed by the University of Zurich have now discovered a new class of antibiotics with a unique spectrum of activity and mechanism of action – a major step in the fight against antimicrob more

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Videos Antibiotics

Bacteria and Antibiotics: Revenge of the Microbes

What are bacteria? How do antibiotics work? And what can we do about increasing antibiotic resistance? Jenny Rohn, scientist and novelist, investigates the fascinating world of bacteria in this Friday Evening Discourse event from the Ri. more

‘Bad Guy’ Cells Unexpectedly Prove Vital for Stopping Deadly C. Difficile

They Cause Allergies and Asthma, But They Also May Save Your LifeResearchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified immune cells vital for protecting us from potentially fatal C. difficile infection. Surprisingly, those cells are often vilified for their role in causing ... more

Dragon's Blood Could Save Your Life

This week Reactions is looking at chemistry in bizarre places that could save your life. The science within the blood of the Komodo dragon or in a horseshoe crab can help with antibiotic resistance. But it doesn't end there, so we're taking a closer look at other wild places in nature that we've ... more

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Infographics Antibiotics

A Brief Overview of Classes of Antibiotics

When we’re suffering from a bacterial infection, a trip to the doctors to be prescribed antibiotics is commonplace. However, there are a wide range of antibiotics available, and they vary both in their usage and their mechanism of action. This graphic summarises the major classes, and also gives a b more

Teixobactin - A New Antibiotic

If you’ve read any science news over the past day or so, you’ll have noticed it’s been dominated by stories about the discovery of a new antibiotic, teixobactin. There’s a reason that the scientific community is so excited by its discovery, but in truth, it’s the method which was used to discover it more

Salicylic Acid

This is a series of graphics looking at the chemistry and uses of some everyday chemical compounds you can find in a variety of products around your home. The series was inspired by conversation with@chemtacular on twitter, as well as the ongoing chemophobia discussion. To kick off the series, this more

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Production of antibiotics

Production of antibiotics The production of antibiotics has been widespread since the pioneering efforts of Florey and Chain in 1939 . The importance of antibiotics to medicine has led to much research into discovering and producing them. I ... more

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