AZ Spins Out Entasis To Tackle Resistant Infections
This article was originally published in Start Up
AstraZeneca has, after a long gestation, given birth to the antibiotic developer Entasis Therapeutics: in early July the biotech debuted with $40 million in funding from AZ alone, and a portfolio of the drugmaker’s early-stage antibiotic candidates. It emerges as the debate about incentivizing antibiotics R&D intensifies amid growing concerns about antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
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