“Rising AMR is recognized as a major public health challenge by many governments, world organizations and healthcare leaders and more widely, everyone of us should feel concerned.
Diagnostics tools are key to sustain antibiotic efficacy for future generations.”
Executive Vice President
Chief Medical Officer of bioMérieux
Actively advocating worldwide
In June 2015, bioMérieux participated in the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship, making an active contribution to discussions concerning the Obama administration’s National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. This Forum gathered 150 leading experts on antibiotic resistance, to discuss the possible ways to implement changes over the next 5 years to slow the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, prevent the spread of resistant infections and preserve the efficacy of our existing antibiotics. Key discussions also focused on the development of not only new antibiotics but also new infectious disease diagnostics.
The Chief Medical Officer of bioMérieux, Mark Miller, was a participant at the 2016 General Assembly of the United Nations which issued a strong commitment of all Member States to curb the spread of drug-resistant infections. General Assembly of the United Nations, 71 Session, High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance, 21 September 2016 - (http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/ga11825.doc.htm)
On January 20, 2017, on the fringes of the annual Davos World Economic Forum, a round table discussion was held on the topic of the fight against antimicrobial resistance and, more specifically, the necessary commitment in relation to diagnostic solutions. bioMérieux was part of this discussion, which brought together international stakeholders from both the public and private sectors.
On this occasion, Jean-Luc Belingard, Board member, former Chairman of bioMérieux, reiterated the medico-economic value of diagnostic tests in this fight, for patients and public healthcare bodies alike.
In France, bioMérieux also played an active role in the launch of the Interministerial Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance. During the 1st Interministerial Health Committee meeting held on November 17th, 2016, attended by Nicolas Cartier, Corporate VP, Industry Unit at bioMérieux, the roadmap presenting 13 measures and 40 actions to combat antibiotic resistance was adopted.
bioMérieux’s initiatives in AMR
Between 2007 and 2015, bioMérieux organized a biannual conference on healthcare-associated infections and bacterial resistance, modelled on the “Davos World Economic Forum”. Called the “World HAI/Resistance Forum”, each edition of this event brought together nearly 70 leading international experts in human and animal health, to discuss the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and propose concrete actions to decision-makers. This bi-annual meeting prompted the organization of satellite meetings on antibacterial resistance in several countries.
One of the outcomes of the World HAI/Resistance Forum was the creation of the initiative known as the “Global Point Prevalence Survey (GLOBAL-PPS)”, designed to provide a global “snapshot” of antibiotic use and resistance in hospitals.
bioMérieux also sponsors several symposia related to antibacterial resistance, in the framework of annual scientific meetings (e.g. European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, American Society for Microbiology and IDWeek).
The Company also supports awareness initiatives and high-level scientific meetings, as well as national symposia and international awareness events (e.g. World Antibiotic Awareness Week) related to antibacterial resistance.
The Company supports the declaration of the World Alliance Against Antibiotic Resistance. Carlet J et al. WAAR (World Alliance against Antibiotic Resistance): Safeguarding antibiotics. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012;1:25.
In 2016, bioMérieux joined the AMR Industry Alliance, which today represents more than 100 biotechnology, diagnostics, generics and research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations. The AMR Industry Alliance is one of the largest private sector coalitions set up to provide sustainable solutions to the global antimicrobial resistance crisis.