About CARES

CARES is a Dutch research initiative that focuses on the development of novel antibiotics and antimicrobials.

CARES was initiated by a group of scientists that had worked together in a previous antibiotics-discovery programme, the ‘Perspectief’ program "Genbiotics". This program, which was funded by the Netherlands Technology Foundation STW, was initiated in 2009 and ended in 2014. It not only resulted in  important scientific discoveries and technologies, but also helped establishing a strong network between scientists in The Netherlands.

CARES brings together a number of outstanding research groups in the field of new antimicrobial molecules and clinical development. The following institutions participate in CARES:

  • Leiden University
  • Leiden University Medical Centre
  • Groningen University
  • Groningen University Medical Centre
  • VU University Amsterdam
  • VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam


These institutions have underlined their commitment by reserving budget (both in kind and in cash) for CARES. Co-finance originates from governmental and private parties and we are in the process of acquiring these funds.