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SMi’s 22nd Annual Superbugs & Superdrugs – Remote Access Conference

March 30, 2020 - March 31, 2020

Due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19 this conference is now available with remote access only

SMi’s 22nd Annual Superbugs & Superdrugs 2020 Conference will be held  30-31 March 2020.

A Focus on Non-traditional Approaches in the Fight against Antimicrobial Resistance

Sponsored by Scynexis

CO-CHAIRS FOR 2020: Cara Cassino, Chief Medical Officer, Contrafect & Michael Dawson, Director, Mike Dawson Antimicrobial Research Consultancy

As one of the most impactful pharmaceuticals for maintaining public health, antibiotics have been around since early 20th century and have since shown a need for significant progress in recent years. This is mainly due to its broad and indiscriminate use which has slowly given birth to multi- to extensively-drug resistant bacteria rendering our current last-resort antibiotic arsenal, including colistin, carbapenems, 3rd and 4th generation cephalosporins, useless.

This year’s event aims to showcase a suite of sessions focused on novel drugs and approaches, particularly highlighting non-traditional and traditional therapies that provide an innovative means to spearhead the issue. The conference will also place significant emphasis on the much-needed support for innovative approaches such as sessions tackling the funding and support and the regulation that provides guidance towards the goal of ameliorating the continued rise of anti-microbial resistance AMR.

It is crucial to bring industry leaders together to discuss the strategies in place that reduce AMR, evaluate the role pharmaceutical companies and funding bodies play in reducing AMR, learn about new diagnostics approaches to identify AMR and consider novel candidates and alternatives to anti-microbials. Join us in March 2020, along with leaders from the pharmaceutical industry, academia, regulatory and funding bodies, and public-private partnerships to discuss the way forward.

Event Hashtag: #SMiBugs


  • Yuri Gleba, Professor, Founder, Nomad Bioscience
  • Mark Albrecht, Branch Chief, Antibacterials program, BARDA/HHS
  • Paul Finn, CEO, Oxford Drug Design
  • Cara Cassino, Chief Medical Officer, Contrafect
  • Martin Everett, CSO, Antabio
  • Samareh Lajaunias, Director, Combioxin SA
  • Francois Moreau, Scientific Director, Mutabilis
  • Emma Leire, Microbiology Lead, Centauri Therapeutics
  • Lorenzo Corsini, Co-Founder/CEO/R&D, Phagomed
  • Stephen Barat, VP, Preclinical Research and Early Development, Scynexis
  • Colm Leonard, Consultant Clinical Adviser/Consultant Thoracic Physician/Honorary Pro


  • Discuss the new classes of non-antibiotic antibacterial proteins: Colicins and Colicin-like Bacteriocins from Nomad Bioscience
  • Gain valuable insight towards fighting severe and resistant infections through neutralising bacterial virulence effectors from Combioxin
  • Examine a UK project looking at novel value assessment and reimbursement for novel antimicrobials from NICE/Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Explore direct lytic agents (DLAs) and their potential as a successful disruptive anti-infective technology with Contrafect
  • Evaluate the utility of machine learning and AI in antibiotic drug discovery with Oxford Drug Design

Global Biodefense is an official media partner of Superbugs & Superdrugs 2020.


March 30, 2020
March 31, 2020
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SMi Group
+44 (0) 20 7827 6000
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Holiday Inn Kensington Forum
97 Cromwell Rd
London, SW7 4DN United Kingdom
+44 871 942 9100
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