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SRI International Awarded Contract Worth Up to $100M From National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Date:12/14/2011

MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SRI International has been awarded a contract worth up to $100.5 million over 10 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  This new award will allow SRI to continue a program that supports NIAID's Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) in the translation of basic research into clinical applications. Since 2006, SRI has worked on more than 100 DMID projects to advance therapeutics for a broad range of infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, malaria, Chagas disease, methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA), and broad-spectrum antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agents. 

This contract supports preclinical development of drugs to treat a wide range of diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites, toxins, drug-resistant organisms, and bioterrorism agents. As part of the new award, SRI will provide services in four major areas to move potential drugs from early-stage discovery to clinical assessment: drug discovery support; formulation development, analytical chemistry, and clinical manufacturing; toxicology and pharmacology; and regulatory assessment and product feasibility.

"SRI is honored to have been selected to perform this important work to further advance the DMID translational program," said Jon Mirsalis, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., managing director of SRI's Biosciences Division and principal investigator of this program. "SRI has been advancing cures for infectious disease for more than four decades, and our deep insight into the management and conduct of efficient and productive preclinical drug development programs will contribute to the important goals of the DMID program."

SRI has been the major contractor to NIAID for the preclinical development of interventional agents for infectious diseases since the AIDS ther
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