Who we are

About Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK)

A group of leading UK university and company scientists and clinicians all with an interest in antibiotic resistance had been meeting informally on a regular basis over the past three years to establish what can be done to kick start antibiotic drug development. Drawn from some of the country’s leading universities, the network known as Antibiotic Discovery UK agreed during one meeting early in 2014 that a new charity should be created to tackle the antibiotic resistance challenge. The charity’s name was decided by competition and a student at the University of Oxford won the prize for the best name ‘Antibiotic Research UK’. The Charity was registered with the Charity Commission in July 2014 (registered charity no 1157884) and the first AGM was held on Monday 18 August 2014 at the Royal York Hotel, York.

ANTRUK aims to raise sufficient funds over the next five years to bring at least one new antibiotic therapy to market by the early 2020’s. The Charity is also seeking support for its other goals of public and professional education and patient information. In 2017 ANTRUK needs to raise £550,000 to fund its mission

The research to reach this goal will be carried out in UK universities and companies and will be overseen by the Charity’s Scientific Advisory Committee who consist of scientific experts in antibiotic research.

Scientists Researching Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic Research UK (acronym ANTRUK) is a national charity dedicated to finding new antibiotics against resistant bacteria. It aims to raise money primarily in the UK and is seeking support from Foundations, Trusts, Industry and the general public. The Charity is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and is able to act as a not for profit company.

To enable and support the discovery and development of antibiotics against antibiotic resistant bacteria.
  • To raise funds to support antibiotic research in the UK’s universities, institutes and organisations
  • To provide a step change in developing new antibiotics
  • To develop new ways of generating antibiotics faster and safer than current methods
To support the development of effective treatments and improve the quality of life for patients with antibiotic resistant infections
Fighting Antibiotic Resistance Today and Tomorrow.
  • We support world class peer reviewed research focussed on bringing new antibiotic therapies to patients in a transparent and open way
  • We work to the highest ethical standards and are fully accountable to our stakeholders through open access to all we do
With sufficient funds, ingenuity, scientific and clinical prowess and multi-disciplinary co-operation we believe we can develop new therapies to treat bacterial antibiotic resistance.

Become a Member of Antibiotic Research UK

You can join ANTRUK for an annual membership fee of £10. In return you will receive regular updates on the charity’s activities as well as being entitled to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting or extraordinary General Meetings.

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