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Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation Announces Appointment of Accomplished Pharmaceutical Executive as President and CEO
Date:7/1/2010

pan>.  "I look forward to working with the many dedicated and gifted vaccine experts at Aeras and its numerous research and development partners around the world."

At Aeras, a non-profit product development partnership, Jim Connolly will lead a team of over 140 employees working to discover, develop and deliver safer, more effective and affordable new vaccines to prevent and ultimately eliminate tuberculosis.  Four vaccine candidates in Aeras' portfolio are currently in clinical trials in Africa, Europe and the United States, including two candidates in Phase IIb trials.  Aeras receives funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the governments of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, the Research Council of Norway, the State of Maryland, and other donors.

Jim Connolly joins Aeras after more than two decades of pharmaceutical industry experience.  As Executive Vice President and General Manager of Wyeth Vaccines from 2004 to 2009, he played a leading role in expanding access to the breakthrough pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar to more than 100 countries and 35 national immunization programs, including numerous emerging and developing countries, where pneumococcal disease is a major cause of child mortality.  He worked in cooperation with the GAVI Alliance and key stakeholders on the development and launch of the pilot Advance Market Commitment for pneumococcal vaccines.  He was closely involved in the launch of Prevnar in Rwanda and The Gambia, the first developing countries to establish national immunization ca
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