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Amid escalating concerns over antibiotic resistance, several big drug makers are creating a new $1 billion for-profit venture to acquire or invest in small antibiotic companies and their nascent products, according to STAT. The effort will be announced on July 9 by the chief executive officers at Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Eli Lilly (LLY), and Novo Nordisk (NVO), among others. Billed as a new initiative to take on “the antibiotic innovation challenge,” the venture will have assistance from the World Health Organization and the European Investment Bank.

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