Longitude Prize 2014 #antibiotics

Longitude Prize 2014 is a challenge with a £10 million prize fund to help solve one of the greatest issues of our time. It is being run and developed by Nesta, with the Technology Strategy Board as launch funding partner.

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  1. Summer 2014 Development of winning criteria, timeline and prize rules
  2. Autumn 2014 The challenge opens for submissions
  3. Autumn 2014 – 2020 Reviewing submissions and judging


How can we prevent the rise of resistance to antibiotics?

The development of antibiotics has added an average of 20 years to our life. Yet the rise of antimicrobial resistance is threatening to make them ineffective. This poses a significant future risk as common infections become untreatable. The challenge is 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.

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Exploring the Challenge

  • Do You Need Antibiotics? Infographic

    In the balance: GPs, patient care and antibiotics

    Dr Rosemary Leonard writes on the responsibilities facing GPs in the UK and how the Longitude Prize has the potential to help give their patients the best possible care.

  • Widening scope to tackle antimicrobial resistance

    In June the public selected antibiotic resistance to be the focus of the Longitude Prize 2014. The global nature of resistance means we must also find new ways to work internationally, share data and set standards for interoperability to slow this growing threat.