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Date:9/17/2009

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"If we are successful at building new partnerships and collaborations with governments, other companies and NGOs, I am confident that we will be successful in delivering vaccines to the people who need them." said Dr. Lal. "This is why I am making a firm commitment as CEO of this new venture to proceed by working in concert with the global vaccine community, obtaining feedback and input at every step."

Dr. Lal will soon begin to appoint his staff and identify premises in India with the goal of being operational in 2010.

Recognizing and Extending the Legacy of Dr. Maurice Hilleman

The new entity is named in honor of the pioneering vaccine scientist Maurice Hilleman, Ph.D. Dr. Hilleman is credited with the development of more than 30 vaccines, including measles, mumps, and hepatitis B during a career which included nearly 30 years at Merck.

"Maurice Hilleman was perhaps the single most influential public heath figure of the 20th century when you consider the millions of lives saved, and the countless people who were spared suffering because of his work," said Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health. "It is only fitting that such a novel endeavor, which aims to develop lifesaving vaccines for those in the developing countries, should be named in his honor."


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Contact: Katrina Nevin-Ridley
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