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 Innovate UK 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

  • Antibiotics Summary

    An Overview of Antibiotics

    Antibiotic resistance is a huge threat to global health, but which antibiotics do we currently use? Chemistry teacher and blogger Andy Brunning runs through the major families of antibiotics and their resistances.

  • Baron Peter Piot joins the Longitude Committee

    We are excited to announce that world renowned expert microbiologist Baron Peter Piot has joined the Longitude Committee.