Antibiotics wins the Longitude Prize

Antibiotics was the winning theme for the 2014 Longitude Prize. This £10m science prize  fund has been offered by the innovation charity Nesta and the UK government-funded Technology Strategy Board. It  aims at promoting an innovation that could “solve one of the greatest issues of our time” following a public vote. Antibiotic resistance has been voted as the deadliest threat of our times. The£10 million funding will target ideas that could help halt the rise of antibiotic resistance.

The challenge will be 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.

2 Responses to Antibiotics wins the Longitude Prize

  1. Juan N Walterspiel MD, FIDSA, FAAP says:

    What is the Innovation that will get the dough ?

    • theuretz says:

      The original six categories on which the public was asked to vote were:
      – Flight – How can we fly without damaging the environment?
      – Food – How can we ensure everyone has nutritious sustainable food?
      – Antibiotics – How can we prevent the rise of resistance to antibiotics?
      – Paralysis – How can we restore movement to those with paralysis?
      – Water – How can we ensure everyone has access to safe and clean water?
      – Dementia – How can we help people with dementia live independently for longer?
      The committee will set a very precise measurement of what will count as eligibility for winning the prize, following consultation with the scientific community. Anyone from around the world is invited to submit their solution. It could be several years before a winner is decided.

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