Federal health officials will invest nearly $100 million to develop a new antibiotic that can treat drug-resistant “superbugs” for which there are currently few or no treatment options.

HHS will collaborate with the Defense Department and Malvern, Pa.-based drugmaker VenatoRx Pharmaceuticals on the company’s compound VNRX-5133. When combined with the intravenous antibiotic cefepime, the compound might combat bacteria that is resistant to currently available antibiotics, the agencies said Monday.


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