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!
I can remember vividly when, as a young academic physician in the early 1980s, I experienced the terrible tragedy of seeing patients with AIDS lying our hospital beds waiting to die from their HIV infections because we had no treatment for them. The feeling of sadness, frustration and hopelessness was almost overwhelming.
Health sector watchdog NICE released new guidelines today calling for better systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use. The guidelines encourage establishing stewardship programmes in all care settings to review prescription and resistance data and feed this information back to prescribers.
Our second open window for submissions closes on the 30th of September, and we are very much looking forward to seeing this next batch of ideas for a diagnostics tool to help us conserve antibiotics for future generations.
“It is not difficult to make microbes resistant to penicillin.”
No, this is not a warning from one of the army of doctors fighting superbugs today but, remarkably, from a speech given by Alexander Fleming in 1945, when he accepted his Nobel Prize for the discovery of penicillin.
Three centuries ago, the original Longitude prize helped us to conquer the world. Today the £10 million descendant of that historic award aims to prevent antibiotic resistant microorganisms from conquering humankind.
The first submissions to the £10 million Longitude Prize have been submitted by competitors from around the world, moving us one step closer to tackling antibiotics resistance. So far 75 teams across the globe have registered to compete and are already working to win the Longitude Prize.