On 15 June NWO chair Stan Gielen announced that professor Marion Koopmans wins a NWO Stevin Prize. The Stevin Prizes are, together with the Spinoza Awards, the highest awards in Dutch science. Marion Koopmans will receive 2.5 million euros, which she can spend on scientific research and activities related to knowledge utilisation.
On 28 May, the RIVM published a report on the current state of knowledge about bacteriophages. The RIVM study was commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport after publications in the media about phage therapy. Since the television broadcast Dokters van Morgen, microbiologist Marc Bonten of the UMC Utrecht is regularly confronted with patients who demand treatment with bacteriophages. “I receive weekly mails from patients who request it, and in one case someone has also demanded such treatment.”
The Netherlands Antibiotic Development Platform (NADP) launched a novel funding opportunity during the NADP Voucher Event on 22 May 2018. The NADP Vouchers will support researchers and small- or medium-sized enterprises to bring their novel antibiotics and alternatives a step closer to the clinic.
On 22 February, an international symposium was organized on the possibilities of phage therapy in the treatment of patients with infections due to resistant bacteria.