Ursula Theuretzbacher


Center for Anti-Infective Agents, Vienna



Ursula Theuretzbacher is a microbiologist and an expert on antibacterial drug research and development strategies and the use of antibiotics based on public health needs. She served as president of the International Society for Anti-Infective Pharmacology; founding president of the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) PK/PD of Anti-Infectives Study Group; is an executive committee member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases; and chairs a working group of the International Society of Chemotherapy. Ursula was a member of the group who coordinated WHO’s Priority Pathogen List for research and development and lead scientist for WHO’s Clinical Pipeline analysis. She lectured at the University of Vienna for 10 years and was recently appointed ESCMID Fellow.

Her research has focused in three main areas. 

  • Public funding approaches for antibacterial research and development.
  • Initiatives to recover the global pipeline.
  • Strategies to improve the use of antibiotics.