News and Opinions  –  2017

The Swedish Government awards Reward Medal to Professor Otto Cars

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Professor Otto Cars, founder of ReAct, is awarded a Reward Medal by the Swedish Government for his long time commitment and achievements on catalyzing action on antibiotic resistance both nationally and internationally.

Otto Cars, founder of ReAct.

During the international high level Meeting on surveillance of antimicrobial resistance organised in Stockholm this week hosted by by the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, the Public Health Agency of Sweden and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), Prof. Otto Cars was awarded the Reward Medal ”Illis quorum meruere labores” by the Swedish Government for his life-long work in the field of antibiotic resistance.

The Illis quorum medal is the oldest Swedish Government reward medal and was first awarded in 1785 to recognize extraordinary work done in the field of culture, science and for the benefit of the general public.

“I feel humble and deeply honored to receive this medal and recognition from the Swedish Government of the work I have done over the years on antibiotic resistance. Having a strong vision and a clear direction has been important to keep going, and learning to be happy even for small steps towards achieving the vision of a world free from fear of untreatable infections. We still have a long way to go, but I am very encouraged by the current global momentum and the commitment of the Swedish Government to push forward”, said Prof. Cars.

“The work of Otto Cars against antibiotic resistance has been invaluable. He has greatly contributed to pushing antibiotic resistance to the highest political level in the world”, says the Swedish Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport, Gabriel Wikström.

Read more on the Swedish Government’s website (in Swedish).