But we know we can’t overcome the threat of antibiotic resistance alone. Antibiotic research is one of the areas where we believe taking a more open-minded approach to sharing information and partnering with experts outside our labs is key. That’s why we were the first company to establish a public private partnership approach to antibacterial R&D in both Europe and the USA, to help address some of the key barriers to the discovery and development of new medicines. Some of these partnerships are also helping us to progress our new antibiotics so they can be countermeasures for bioterrorism.
And we want more companies to commit to this area, to work with us to help develop a new generation of antibiotics. To do this, we need to crack the financial conundrum that’s deterred critical investment in this area. We have been consistently vocal about the need for change and we’re very encouraged by the number of other companies active in this space that have shown a willingness to join together and work with governments in developing new frameworks for paying for antibiotics, that reward companies for their investment.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to human health we face today, but at GSK, we see this as a challenge, rather than a deterrent. Through a combination of our own expertise and smart, collaborative and innovative methods of working, we’re convinced we can develop innovative new ways of tackling bacteria, to protect human health for generations to come.