Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg visited Lofoten to lay the foundation stone for STIM’s new head office and bacteriophage factory.
Solberg was present when ACD Pharmaceuticals assembled some of Norway’s leading specialists, academics and national authorities in the summer of 2020 to discuss how bacteriophages could become a sustainable and effective alternative to antibiotics for both people and animals, and how that could help to reduce threats to the environment, to curb the economic consequences of resistance, and to create new industry and jobs throughout Norway.
Solberg challenged the participants to establish a work group to advise on how bacteriophages can be adopted as quickly as possible in the fight against antibiotic resistance, and how Norway can acquire a leading role here.
The report is a response to the challenge from Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg. Many opportunities are available. Success can be achieved with commitment and right instruments.
The threat posed by antibiotic resistance cannot be eliminated, but steps can be taken to reduce its progress.
Decades of medical research and progress could be reversed by antibiotic resistance.
The ecosystem in water, soil and organisms is disrupted by the production and use of pharmaceuticals and their subsequent disposal.
Norway is among the countries with the lowest consumption of antibiotics for both humans and animals, and has little problem with antibiotic resistance today.
Bacteriophages have a number of applications in such areas as human and veterinary medicine, aquaculture, agriculture and food processing.