$4 Million Awarded to Bharat Biotech For New Vaccine

by Nancy Needhima on  June 22, 2012 at 3:23 PM Drug News
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$4 million Strategic Translation Award by The Wellcome Trust for clinical development of a new vaccine against a deadly infectious disease usual in sub-Saharan Africa was rewarded to Bharat Biotech and the University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development (CVD). The news was heralded on Monday.
$4 Million Awarded to Bharat Biotech For New Vaccine
$4 Million Awarded to Bharat Biotech For New Vaccine

The vaccine, whose initial clinical trials will begin in three years, is aimed at preventing the invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella (NTS).

NTS have emerged as an important cause of invasive bloodstream infection in sub-Saharan Africa, among young children with malaria and malnutrition, and among adults with HIV, said a statement by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech.

Strains of NTS that can cause systemic disease such as meningitis or sepsis are particularly common in sub-Saharan Africa. Approximately 20 to 30 percent of children with infections die.

"The CVD NTS project is a testimony of our belief in collaborative research and our commitment to introduce highly effective and affordable vaccines to solve region- specific neglected diseases in the developing world," said Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director Bharat Biotech.

"This is a collaboration to bring forth a potentially life-saving vaccine for a very underserved population," said Professor Myron Levine, Director,CVD.

Source: IANS

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