The development of novel antimicrobial agents is crucial to combat the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria, which cause millions of deaths and high economic losses. Researchers from Shaanxi University of Science & Technology and colleagues reported on the design and optimization of new pleuromutilin derivatives intended for use as antibacterial drugs against multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria.
Contrafect Corp. has submitted an IND application to the FDA for its intravenous antibacterial agent, CF-370, for treatment of hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia.
Biontech SE and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) have established a strategic partnership to advance mRNA-based vaccine candidates with the development of BNT-166 for the prevention of mpox (formerly monkeypox).
Novel effective antivirals against SARS-CoV-2 are needed because of the emergence of novel variants and the potential risk of SARS-CoV-2/MERS-CoV recombination. The SARS-CoV-2 main protease (Mpro) is a promising antiviral target. Mpro presents a His41-Cys145 catalytic dyad in the central part of its active site, which confers a natural advantage for developing covalent drugs.
Research at Medshine Discovery Inc. has led to the development of 3C-like proteinase (3CLpro; Mpro; nsp5) (SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19 virus) inhibitors potentially useful for the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19).
Conjugated oligoelectrolytes (COEs) have recently emerged as potential broad-spectrum antibiotics with promising selectivity that is irrespective of metabolic state, including dormant and biofilm-associated bacteria. Researchers from National University of Singapore, University of California Santa Barbara, and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research have sought to identify novel cationic antimicrobial COE candidates.