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Scripps Research Institute and IAVI launch world's first dedicated HIV neutralizing antibody center
Date:9/30/2008

LA JOLLA, CA, and NEW YORK, NY, September 30, 2008 The Scripps Research Institute, one of the world's largest independent, non-profit biomedical research organizations, and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), the world's only global non-profit organization focused solely on AIDS vaccine development, today announced the establishment of a new research center dedicated exclusively to solving the most pressing challenge facing AIDS vaccine researchers today. Located at The Scripps Research Institute and linked to a network of research institutions in Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S., the center will develop vaccine candidates devised to elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV, which are almost certainly essential to preventing infection by the virus.

"The world needs an AIDS vaccine to turn the tide on this devastating pandemic. Scripps Research is delighted to partner with IAVI to establish the world's first center dedicated to tackling the toughest challenge facing AIDS vaccine researchers today," said Richard A. Lerner, M.D., President of The Scripps Research Institute. "We are confident that this center will facilitate more productive exchanges among researchers and stimulate new ideas that will help to accelerate AIDS vaccine science."

Under a five-year supplemental agreement extending the existing collaboration between IAVI and Scripps Research, IAVI will invest $30 million to support the creation of the world's only HIV Neutralizing Antibody Center comprised of multidisciplinary scientific teams, including IAVI scientists, focused on designing vaccines to prevent HIV infection. The first brick-and-mortar institution of its kind, the center at Scripps Research will bring together a critical mass of structural biologists, virologists, chemists, immunologists and computational biologists who will work daily side-by-side to tease out how to generate broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV.

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Contact: Rachel Steinhardt
rsteinhardt@iavi.org
646-578-1672
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
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