Discovering New Antibiotics
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What is it about?
We desperately need new antibiotics to treat the increasing number of infections that are resistant to current antibiotics, but the pharmaceutical industry has largely abandoned antibiotic research. The Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD) is an attempt to discover new antibiotics contained in the millions of compounds that chemists have synthesized over the last 100 years. We encourage chemists around the world to help discover new antibiotics by sending us their compounds to test, for free.
Why is it important?
CO-ADD has tested nearly 200,000 compounds, and identified many compounds that have activity against bacteria or fungi. This is the first of many steps in developing a new antibiotic.
The following have contributed to this page: Matthew Cooper and Mark Blaskovich