Public/Private Partnerships Keep Gonorrhea Drug Development Alive
Only two new antibiotics are in Phase III trials for gonorrhea: Entasis’ zoliflodacin, in collaboration with the Global Antibiotic R&D Partnership, and GlaxoSmithKline’s gepotidacin in partnership with the US Biomedical Advanced R&D Authority.
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