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Global Priority Superbugs

Fully sequenced ▪ Highly characterized ▪ Multidrug resistant ▪ Globally sourced

Jumpstart Your Research On Priority Pathogens

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In response to the growing levels of antimicrobial resistance among pathogens, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently prepared a list of priority pathogens to help direct research and development efforts toward the production of novel drugs. To support these efforts, ATCC provides strains from the ATCC® Global Priority Superbugs collection that represent critical priority pathogens, including:

  • Acinetobacter baumannii – carbapenem-resistant
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa – carbapenem-resistant
  • Enterobacteriaceae – carbapenem-resistant, 3rd generation cephalosporin-resistant

Each multidrug-resistant strain delivers expanded levels of source metadata and genomic characterization, creating essential tools for all stages of the discovery and development process for novel antimicrobials and therapeutics, molecular-based detection assays, and updated sterility protocols.

Get Your Research Started Faster

Use our selection tool

With the ATCC® Global Priority Superbugs collection, we have taken the guesswork out of strain selection! Using our new selection tool, you can quickly browse the collection by:

  • Gene activity
  • Gene name
  • Drug class
  • Drug type
  • Susceptibility profiles

Make fast, intelligent choices by cross-comparing strains by species, antimicrobial susceptibility profiles, isolation sources, collection dates, and biosafety levels to quickly narrow down results with this comprehensive and easy-to-use search tool.

Enhance Your Antimicrobial Resistance Research Efforts

The ATCC® Global Priority Superbugs collection comprises recent, clinically relevant, and extensively characterized antimicrobial-resistant isolates with validated genotypic and phenotypic activity against a variety of critical drug classes. With each strain, you can expect:

  • Susceptibility data – MIC* values and susceptibility profiles for targeted drugs
  • Genetic data – DNA sequence information for antibiotic resistance genes and 16S rRNA genes
  • Source information – Geography, collection date, patient age and gender, and collection site

As the ATCC® Global Priority Superbugs collection expands, ATCC will continue to seek out additional strains that represent pathogens within each of the WHO priority levels. Make sure you check back often for new additions!

*The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) ranges for resistant, intermediate, and susceptible are based on criteria within the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing. Please note that several drug types may not currently have CLSI-recommended MIC ranges available for all of the strains tested, and thus cannot be classified as resistant, intermediate, or susceptible. However, the MIC values for these drug types will be provided upon purchase. Breakpoints on some of these compounds have been set by regulatory bodies in individual geographies or countries, and breakpoints are also provided for some organisms by manufacturers.