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Accelerated Development of New Treatment for Multi Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: TB Alliance and Tibotec Announce Unique Partnership to Develop TMC207
Date:6/17/2009

further evaluated in Phase 3 clinical trials.

Tuberculosis kills one person approximately every twenty seconds. MDR-TB, which is characterized by resistance to at least two of the most powerful medicines in today's standard, four-drug regimen for drug-susceptible TB, is of particular concern given the rapid rise in the number of cases throughout the world and the difficulties in treating it. There were an estimated 510,000 incident cases and 130,000 fatalities due to MDR-TB in 2007. Drug-resistant strains are extremely difficult and expensive to treat and novel drugs are urgently needed to fight these deadly strains.

Dr. Mel Spigelman, the president and CEO of the TB Alliance, and Dr. Paul Stoffels, Global Head Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Johnson & Johnson, will discuss this landmark partnership. Dr. Jaime Bayona, M.D., director and founder of Socios En Salud, Lima, Peru, was integral in helping Paul Famer, M.D., Ph.D., establish a pilot MDR-TB treatment program clinic in Peru. As an authority on approaches to the control of MDR-TB, Dr. Bayona can speak first-hand to the urgent need for novel treatments for MDR-TB.

Contact:

Joanna Breitstein, Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, +1 917-361-0683, joanna.breitstein@tballiance.org

Karen Manson, Tibotec, +32-479-89-47-99, kmanson@its.jnj.com

Sarah Bailey, GCI Health, +1 212-537-8291, sarah.bailey@gcihealth.com


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