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IAVI and NineSigma Collaborate to Identify New Approaches to Developing AIDS Vaccines
Date:2/21/2012

CLEVELAND, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A collaboration between NineSigma and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is helping to advance HIV vaccine research by identifying new approaches to the design of a potential vaccine. A leading worldwide provider of innovation services, NineSigma has connected IAVI with some of the world's leading biomedical researchers, and helped it identify two scientists who will receive a total of $875,000 to develop solutions for generating stable protein complexes for use in AIDS vaccines. The grants were issued by the Innovation Fund, a program of IAVI, which seeks out and underwrites the application of novel technologies to HIV vaccine design.

In October, 2010, IAVI tapped NineSigma to search the globe for highly qualified scientists whose expertise could prove to be of benefit to HIV vaccine design, including those who have not previously worked on AIDS-related research. NineSigma is especially suited to support such efforts. In its searches for new solutions and capabilities, NineSigma blends a unique approach to defining needs/challenges, reaching across traditional boundaries to find solutions, and filtering responses to match clients with the quality technologies and knowledge they require.

"AIDS prevention is one of the greatest medical challenges of the 21st century," said Andy Zynga, CEO, NineSigma. "Open Innovation offers a new way to address and, we hope, solve problems impeding the development of effective HIV vaccines. We are pleased to donate our services to this vital endeavor as part of our NineSigma Gives Back program." 

"NineSigma provided a number of promising new approaches to protein stabilization that we had not previously explored," said Wayne Koff, chief scientific officer of IAVI. "We are confident that the researchers they helped
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