Longitude Prize. Anti-biotics wins!

harrison_pocketwatchAntibiotic resistance has been selected as the focus for a £10m prize set up to tackle a major challenge of our time.

Six themes were initially identified by organisers of the Longitude Prize; these were then put to a public vote.

The winning theme was announced on the BBC’s One Show, broadcast on Wednesday evening.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a “post-antibiotic era” where key drugs no longer work and people die from previously treatable infections.

What’s next? The submission phase to find ideas to solving the problem opens in the Autumn of 2014. I will look forward to seeing how it works.