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Date:9/11/2008

effect on humans, so that it qualifies for a license," explains VPM CEO Bernd Eisele. Kaufmann urges patience: "Even if the new vaccine proves to be well-tolerated, it will still have to undergo more testing to establish its efficacy. That will take at least ten years." Nevertheless - this new approach is looking hopeful.

The establishment of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in 1993 was one of the first in the newly-formed German states (which previously had made up East Germany). The Institute is located on the historical Charit Mitte campus, where, 100 years ago, Robert Koch and Emil Behring made important discoveries about infectious diseases. A key reason for choosing this location was the desire to work together with the universities and clinics on clinically relevant infectious disease projects. "Interdisciplinary research into the molecular and cellular basis of infections enables the systematic development of new therapeutic and preventative measures. Basic research into infectious processes can therefore not only explain fundamental questions in biomedicine, but also make a contribution to solving significant problems in healthcare policy in the future," says Stefan H.E. Kaufmann. VPM was set up by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research as a private-public partnership. "We ensure that excellent results from basic research benefit humankind and find their way into practical applications," says Bernd Eisele.


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Contact: Prof. Stefan H.E. Kaufmann
kaufmann@mpiib-berlin.mpg.de
49-302-846-0500
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
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