Sanofi Pasteur announces support for the Human Vaccines Project

Posted: 14 January 2016 | Victoria White | No comments yet

The Human Vaccines Project is a research programme designed to accelerate the development of vaccines by decoding the human immune system…

Sanofi Pasteur has announced that it is to provide key support to the Human Vaccines Project – a research programme designed to accelerate the development of vaccines by decoding the human immune system.

Sanofi Pasteur is supporting the Project by providing research funding to oversee, coordinate and conduct the scientific and administrative activities of the Human Vaccines Project Research Programme this year. The funds will be used by the Project to launch and execute pilot studies, build partnerships with and across the stakeholder community, and set up the infrastructure and operational support for the Human Vaccines Project Research Programme. 

The Project, which has been endorsed as potentially transformative by 35 of the world’s leading vaccine scientists, seeks to raise $1 billion over a decade.

Commenting on the news, Jim Tartaglia, PhD, Sanofi Pasteur’s R&D Vice President for New Vaccine Projects, said, “Sanofi Pasteur is proud to join this effort to accelerate and transform vaccine development for major and emerging infectious diseases as well as to better understand human immunology, which may be applicable toward disease management of other chronic disease states. The Project’s partnerships with industrial and non-profit product developers are key to ensuring that technological breakthroughs are rapidly translated into new products.”

Human Vaccines Project “makes sense for all of us”

As a member of the Industry Advisory Committee, Sanofi Pasteur will provide input on the Human Vaccines Project Research Programme, review both published and unpublished data, and participate at various scientific workshops to be held by the Project. Sanofi Pasteur will be represented by R&D Vice President for Translational Science & Biomarkers Kent Kester, M.D.

“A better understanding of human immunity holds the key to accelerating the vaccine and immunotherapy development for complex global diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, emerging infectious diseases and cancers,” according to Dr Kester. “And since vaccines are among the greatest successes in the history of public health, having led to the eradication of smallpox, near eradication of polio, prevention of 2-3 million deaths per year, and dramatic reductions in human suffering and healthcare costs, the Project makes sense for all of us.”

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