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Leading Vaccine Expert Joins IAVI
Date:7/3/2008

NEW YORK, July 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Thomas Hassell, former global vice president of process development at sanofi pasteur, a leading vaccine company, has joined IAVI as vice president for vaccine development. In his new role, Dr. Hassell will lead IAVI's product development efforts that are aimed at rapidly advancing promising vaccine candidates that emerge from the organization's vaccine discovery programs.

Dr. Hassell is trained as a microbiologist and received his Ph.D. at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom in 1987. He completed his post-doctorate program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in 1989. He has 20 years of experience within industry, working for several leading vaccine developers taking early-stage vaccine candidates all the way through to licensure.

"If we are to defeat AIDS once and for all, we need a vaccine. To develop a vaccine, we need to translate promising concepts into candidates that are tested in humans. My job at IAVI is to make this happen as quickly and safely as possible," said Dr. Hassell.

At sanofi pasteur, Dr. Hassell led a team of 250 researchers who developed vaccines that have been licensed worldwide. Most recently, Dr. Hassell assisted in the national licensure of Pentacel, a childhood combination vaccine that protects against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Haemophilus Influenzae Type B, and polio, and Menactra, the first conjugate vaccine to provide protection against four strains, A,C,Y and W, of bacterial meningitis. Dr. Hassell also oversaw the launch of a series of new, state-of-the-art vaccine development facilities in Canada, France and the United States that have enabled sanofi pasteur to better support their existing vaccine portfolio, as well as to allow more rapid development of their new vaccines.

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