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IPM Receives Worldwide Rights to HIV Prevention Medicine
Date:5/8/2014

Silver Spring, MD (May 8, 2014) — The International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) announced today that it has received exclusive worldwide rights to a promising HIV prevention medicine called dapivirine from Janssen R&D Ireland, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. The agreement expands on IPM's existing rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize dapivirine-based products for use by women in developing countries and will now give women in developed countries access to products containing dapivirine, such as a vaginal ring that combines dapivirine and a contraceptive.

A future market for a contraceptive-dapivirine ring in developed countries could help fund IPM's nonprofit mission to develop HIV and multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs) for women in resource-poor countries, among whom HIV has taken its highest toll. This sustainable funding stream would help ensure that the most at-risk women around the world have affordable access to new prevention technologies in the future.

"Women are in a race against time for new HIV prevention methods, and they need innovative tools to protect themselves and help reverse the course of the epidemic," said Dr. Zeda F. Rosenberg, chief executive officer of IPM. "We applaud Janssen's leadership in advancing women's access to new health technologies."

Janssen has been an essential partner in IPM's work, and today's announcement with Janssen's newly-established Global Public Health group marks the next step in this longstanding collaboration. Janssen originally licensed dapivirine to IPM under a royalty-free agreement in 2004 to develop the antiretroviral (ARV) medicine as a microbicide for women in resource-poor countries. The expanded worldwide rights are an affirmation of this partnership and dapivirine's potential. IPM, a nonprofit product developer, can develop and commercialize dapivirine in combination with contraceptives and o
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Contact: Holly Seltzer
hseltzer@ipmglobal.org
301-608-4277
International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM)
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