Longitude Prize Open

Longitude Prize is a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve the problem of global antibiotic resistance. It is being run by Nesta, supported by Innovate UK, the new name for the Technology Strategy Board, as funding partner

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  1. 18th November 2014 The Prize opens for submissions
  2. 30th September 2015 Assessment Deadline (Then every four months)
  3. 2015 - 2019 First team to successfully meet the criteria wins Prize
  4. 31st December 2019 Prize Closing Date


How can we prevent the rise of resistance to antibiotics?

The development of antibiotics has added an average of 20 years to our life. Yet the rise of antimicrobial resistance is threatening to make them ineffective. This poses a significant future risk as common infections become untreatable. The challenge is to create a cost-effective, accurate, rapid, and easy-to-use test for bacterial infections that will allow health professionals worldwide to administer the right antibiotics at the right time.

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Antibiotic Resistance is one of the biggest challenges facing us today. Bacteria are evolving to become resistant to the antibiotics we have successfully used for decades to treat infections. Longitude Prize is looking to help tackle the problem with a £10 million prize fund for a diagnostic tool that can rule out antibiotic use or help identify an effective antibiotic to treat a patient. Register now and help to change the world.

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Exploring the Challenge

  • Less than a month to go before the next submission deadline

    On 30 September 2015 the second Longitude Prize submission window will close. If you think that you have a prototype diagnostic test that is capable of meeting the winning criteria, you should complete and submit your entry now!

  • Dr. Tachi Yamada

    On challenging tradition to treat infection

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