Indian Government, IAVI to Partner on HIV/AIDS Vaccine Research, Development
May 3, 2007
The Indian Government and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative have signed an agreement to partner on HIV/AIDS vaccine research and development, officials announced Wednesday, ANI/Malaysia Sun reports (ANI/Malaysia Sun, 5/2). Under the new Indian Medicinal Chemistry Programme -- co-sponsored by IAVI and the Department of Biotechnology at India's Ministry of Science and Technology -- Indian and U.S. scientists will work to accelerate the discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and develop new concepts for the "next generation" of vaccines, the Hindu Business Line reports (Hindu Business Line, 5/3). The Medicinal Chemistry Programme's initial task will be to collaborate with scientists from other research laboratories to develop new HIV antigens, ANI/Sun reports. At later stages, the partners expect to work with an Indian manufacturer to assist with high throughput synthesis, antigen chemical characterization and potency evaluation of proposed HIV vaccine candidates, ANI/Sun reports. Indian Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Kapil Sibal said he and officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also have joined to support the vaccine program (ANI/Malaysia Sun, 5/2). The program will complement the work of IAVI's Neutralizing Antibody Consortium, a group of scientists working to address challenges associated with designing a vaccine that elicits neutralizing antibodies against HIV, the Hindu Business Line reports (Hindu Business Line, 5/3).
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