Navigation Links
Scottish medical charity and international drug consortium form partnership

Developing World Health (DWH), a leading medical charity based in Stirlingshire, Scotland and committed to developing effective treatments for neglected tropical diseases, has signed a collaboration agreement with the internationally respected Consortium for Parasitic Drug Development (CPDD), based at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The collaboration agreement to develop new drugs is believed to be the first between a UK medical charity and international scientific consortium focused on neglected tropical diseases.

An estimated 16% of the world's population suffer from one or more neglected tropical diseases with 90% of cases recorded in Africa.

The agreement may prove highly lucrative, potentially generating in excess of $15 million investment in drug development for NTDs that urgently need safe and effective new treatments. Referring to the collaboration agreement with CPDD, Dr Stuart WG Smith, Founder and CEO of Scottish medical charity Developing World Health, commented: "Developing World Health's objective is to facilitate the development of new treatments for NTDs. This collaboration will mean that we can expedite the development of novel treatments and help save the lives of many more children and adults afflicted by the scourge of NTD's."

Dr Rick Tidwell, Director of the Consortium for Parasitic Drug Development (CPDD) based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, commented: "This is a very welcome and exciting strategic partnership and brings together additional expertise to increase funding and collaboration opportunities for the Consortium and enhance the rapid development of novel treatments for NTDs such as African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis."

The partnership means DWH and CPDD can effectively source funding from commercial, government and not-for-profit organisations to develop and / or improve effective treatments for preventable, treatable diseases like leishmaniasis, African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis) and Dengue.

The partnership enables the charity to bridge the 'missing link' between academics requiring research funding and the pharmaceutical industry interested in tackling these devastating tropical diseases.

The CPDD currently has in its portfolio, a novel compound shown to be 100% curative in models of late-stage stage African Trypanosomiasis ("sleeping sickness"). This disease is caused by microscopic parasites of the species Trypanosoma brucei and is transmitted by the tsetse fly found only in rural Africa. Currently, about 10,000 new cases each year are reported to the World Health Organization. However, it is believed that many cases go undiagnosed and unreported. Sleeping sickness is fatal if left untreated.

The CPDD brings together some of the world's top experts in drug development and delivery from UNC-Chapel Hill, Georgia State University, the University of Glasgow, Ohio State University, the Swiss Tropical Institute, and the Kenya Trypanosomiasis Research Institute among others.


Contact: Colin Hutchison
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Related medicine news :

1. Wild Scottish sheep could help explain differences in immunity
2. Heart disease study highlights Scottish ethnic groups most at risk
3. Launches Online Store “The Relief Shop” - What Does this Medical Supply Store Carry and How Can They Help You?
4. Medical Transcription Services and EHR Provider MxSecure Launches New Enhanced Website with Goal of Improved Physician Productivity
5. Medical Training School, Pima Medical Institute Offering First Bachelor's Degree Program
6. FDA Seeks Reduction in Radiation From Medical Scans
7. UH Case Medical Center researchers publish promising findings for advanced cervical cancer
8. University of Virginia Health System Medical Laboratories Selects Sunquest's Specimen Collection Solution
9. Medical Imaging Northwest Completes Phase I of Its Healthcare IT Integration to Maintain Patient Care Improvements
10. Centene Corporation Hosts Medical Management Systems Update in New York City
11. Nominated as Best New Medical Blog of 2009
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... has focused on providing comprehensive solutions involving adult stem cell therapies to patients ... officially deemed the “Regenestem” name as a Registered Trademark (RTM). , Organizations are ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... Bunion Bootie , the newest ... of the early holiday shopping season. Starting Wednesday November 25th, Bunion Booties are ... Friday promotional pricing is in addition to any automatic discounts applied when buying ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Eric C. Seidel, ... many benefits of the revolutionary BIOLASE WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ system. This advanced laser ... used by a dentist in Gettysburg, PA . From routine visits to ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... , ... New patients who wish to seek treatment for missing teeth can ... her Mississauga, ON practice. Dr. Williams has been providing dental service for over 34 ... Missing teeth can lead to a variety of complications if they are not replaced ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... ... Charitable giving is at its peak during the holidays. In fact, ... the year totalling over $358 billion in 2014. With more than 1.5 million ... individuals who want to “give back” during the holidays. , “With so many charities ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015 Research and Markets ( ) ... - Global Forecast to 2020" report to their ... for 37.21% of the total market share in 2014. ... region is projected to growth at the highest CAGR ... primarily to the fast growing water, industrial gas treatment, ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 25, 2015 WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. ("WuXi" ... open-access R&D capability and technology platform company serving the ... China and the ... extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held today, the Company,s ... and approve the previously announced agreement and plan of ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... N.C. , Nov. 24, 2015  In the ... projects in an effort to quickly uncover new insights, ... --> --> However, ... a market research project and ensure that all rules ... and industry standards. Another major barrier to efficiently launching ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: