SPARK - launched!

Exciting news! To help address antimicrobial resistance, The Pew has officially launched its Shared Platform for Antibiotic Research and Knowledge (SPARK)  - a cloud-based, virtual laboratory that enables scientists to share data and insights, learn from past research, and generate new insights into how molecules enter and stay inside of Gram-negative bacteria. 

Interested researchers from around the world can request access using this simple online form, and there will be an introductory webinar for new users on October 23, 2018 at 12:00pm EST (5:00pm BST). To participate in the webinar, please register  by October 22nd. 

 Additional information and links below. If you have any questions, you can reach out to Wes Kim, Senior Officer at Pew ( and one of SPARK's Discovery Experts, CO-ADD's Program Coordinater, Johannes Zuegg (

ACS Viewpoint article, Shared Platform for Antibiotic Research and Knowledge: A Collaborative Tool to SPARK Antibiotic Discovery, authored by Joe Thomas, Marc Navre, Aileen Rubio and Allan Coukell.

 Resource on Pew Website:

SPARK Q&A: Answers to common questions about Pew’s publicly available database intended to help scientists build on previous research, generate new insights

The Data Driving SPARK: Details on the scope and sources of information in Pew’s interactive antibiotic discovery tool

Meet the SPARK Discovery Experts

Blog by Pew’s Kathy Talkington and LifeArc’s Andy Merritt -- Collaborative Efforts Will Drive Antibiotic Discovery: 2 initiatives tackle different aspects of the war against drug-resistant superbugs

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