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Wellcome Trust and Merck launch joint venture to develop affordable vaccines
Date:9/17/2009

Through this model, the Hilleman Laboratories will help deliver vaccines to registration that are specifically designed to meet the needs and practical realities in developing countries.

While an initial portfolio of projects will be selected only after consultation with the international community and careful technical assessment, examples of the kind of programs being considered include developing vaccines that do not require refrigeration, and a vaccine against Group A streptococci which causes more than 500,000 deaths per year worldwide.

Providing some of the key input to the Hilleman Laboratories will be a Strategic Advisory Group of internationally-recognized, independent experts. Dr. David Heymann, Chairman of the UK's Health Protection Agency and former Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, will serve as chair of the panel.

The Hilleman Laboratories will operate with a combination of core funding from the founders, third party grants, and other revenue streams. Over time, it is envisaged it will receive compensation for its innovations where these are leveraged in higher income settings. The aim will be to attract multiple sources of income to support the mission of the organization so that its impact can be sustained as it builds on its early success.

Altaf Lal, Ph.D., Named CEO

Altaf A. Lal, Ph.D., has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Hilleman Laboratories. Dr. Lal spent 20 years working for the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and was the Chief of the Molecular Vaccine Section in the Division of Parasitic Diseases. Dr. Lal is currently Health Attach and Department of Health and Human Services Regional Representative for South Asia at the Embassy of the United States of America, New Delhi, India. His extensive experience in global public health gives him the expertise needed to lead this ne
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Contact: Katrina Nevin-Ridley
k.nevin-ridley@wellcome.ac.uk
44-207-611-8540
Wellcome Trust
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