Rutgers Gets up to $26 Million Grant to Lead Development of New Antibiotics

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected infectious disease expert David Perlin, executive director of the Public Health Research Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, to lead a major research effort aimed at developing new forms of antibiotics to regain the upper hand over deadly bacteria that have become resistant to current treatments.   

With a five-year grant of up to $26 million, Perlin will participate in the Centers of Excellence for Translational Research (CETR), a public-private partnership that brings together prominent scientists from Rutgers as well as other institutions. “We are poised for a new era of antimicrobial discovery,” says Perlin. “By joining together leading researchers from academia and the commercial sector in a highly interactive collaborative partnership, and providing comprehensive resources that support drug discovery, we can overcome many of the barriers that limit antibiotic development and begin to reinvigorate the drug pipeline.”

Senior leaders of the research team assembled by Perlin, who also is executive director of the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) at Rutgers, include Sean Brady, a chemical biologist at The Rockefeller University in New York City; David Alland, an infectious disease researcher at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Joel Freundlich, a medicinal chemistry expert from New Jersey Medical School; and Richard Ebright, principal investigator in Rutgers’ Waksman Institute of Microbiology. The founder of Waksman Institute developed the groundbreaking antibiotic streptomycin at Rutgers in 1943.

 

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