An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a public workshop in September 2013 in Washington, DC. This one day workshop will explore the current state of antibiotic development, examine the technology available to facilitate development, the technical challenges present, identify approaches to antibiotic discovery, and discuss the incentives and disincentives industry faces in antibiotic development.
The workshop will be held in the context of the need to enable antibiotic development in light of the decreasing availability of new antimicrobial agents.
The committee will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and other participants, and moderate the discussions. The focus of the workshop will be on three main goals:
- Identify and examine the state of antibiotic research and development;
- Discuss the technical difficulties in antibiotic discovery; and
- Highlight recent successful approaches for the development of novel antimicrobials.