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Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise Names Alan Bernstein as Inaugural Executive Director, Opens New Secretariat
Date:10/11/2007

Enterprise appoints founding president of Canadian Institutes of Health

Research to head global effort to coordinate HIV vaccine development

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the Keystone Symposium in Cape Town today, the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise announced the appointment of its first executive director and the opening of a new secretariat in New York City. Dr. Alan Bernstein, founding president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, will lead the international alliance of researchers, funders and advocates dedicated to speeding the search for an HIV vaccine.

Dr. Bernstein's appointment comes after the recent announcements by Merck, the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) regarding the discontinuation of immunizations in the STEP HIV vaccine trial.

"The scientific challenges of developing an HIV vaccine are enormous, but the Enterprise's collaborative vision is a source of tremendous hope," said Dr. Bernstein. "The challenge now is to build on this momentum and implement a coherent, integrated and global scientific strategy that will hasten development of an effective and safe vaccine. The world expects nothing less of all those engaged in this endeavor."

The Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise is charged by its founders with setting scientific priorities, mobilizing resources, and improving collaboration in the HIV vaccine field. Originally proposed by 24 leading HIV vaccine researchers in 2003, the Enterprise has to date mobilized more than US$750 million in support of its scientific strategic plan. The Enterprise's plan focuses on six key research areas: vaccine discovery, laboratory standardization, product development and manufacturing, clinical trials capacity, regulatory issues and intellectual property.

The Enterprise today also announced the opening of its first independent secretariat in New York and new funding
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