Who we are?

An international consortium of 9 research groups, consisting of five academic groups, two commercial partners and one pharmaceutical partner. The consortium consists of groups from the Leiden University Medical Center, University of Leiden, University of Antwerp, Sorbonne University, University of Vienna, University of Copenhagen, Mitologics, FFUND and Janssen Pharmaceutica. Through this combined effort the RespiriTB & RespiriNTM consortium aims to develop novel antibiotics that will shorten the treatment time of mycobacterial infection and circumvent the rise of drug-resistant bacteria that form a major threat to human health and kill > 1.5 million people each year.

Dr. Meindert H. Lamers

The project coordinator

Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) as the main coordinator is represented by Meindert Lamers, Associate Professor within the Cell and Chemical Biology department.

The project leader

Janssen Pharmaceutica is the project leader under supervision of Alexander Pym, Project Management Lead for Global Public Health at Janssen Pharmaceutica.

Innovative Health Initiative

RespiriTB and RespiriNTM are supported by the Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) and Janssen Pharmaceutica. IHI is the world's biggest public-private partnership in the life sciences that facilitate collaboration between the European Commission and industry partners. IHI aims to the key players involved in health research, including universities, research centres, the pharmaceutical and other industries, small and SMEs, patient organisations, and medicines regulators.

The RespiriTB and RespiriNTM project has received funding from the Innovative Health Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 853903 and No 853932. This Joined Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA.