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Growing Global Vaccine Market Helping Spur Drug Companies To Pursue Ebola Vaccine

The New Yorker: The Race for an Ebola Vaccine “…So why this race to create an Ebola vaccine among Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, and Johnson & Johnson — three of the world’s biggest drug manufacturers? … [O]ver the past several years, companies have realized that the difficulties of making vaccines could be…

Merck Purchasing Rights To NewLink’s Experimental Ebola Vaccine

News outlets report on a deal between pharmaceutical companies Merck and NewLink to develop, test, and market a potential Ebola vaccine. NPR: Merck Partners With NewLink To Speed Up Work On Ebola Vaccine “[Monday] NewLink Genetics said it has made a deal with drugmaker Merck to research, develop, manufacture, and…

Blog Post Recognizes 10 Global Health Advancements

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Ten global health advancements I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving Marissa Chmiola, GHTC’s communications officer, discusses 10 global health advancements, including progress in vaccine research for hookworm and dengue, development of women-specific HIV prevention methods, and formulations of pediatric tuberculosis treatments, as well as other topics…

Gilead Purchases FDA Priority Review Voucher For $125M

NPR: Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million “…In an auction, Gilead Sciences, a maker of HIV and hepatitis medicines, just bought a coupon good for the accelerated review of a drug of the company’s choice from Knight Therapeutics, a Canadian company. The priority review voucher entitles…

WHO Initiatives Aim To Stimulate Innovation In Effort To Develop Rapid Ebola Tests

Media sources report on the WHO’s launch of two initiatives that aim to develop more rapid and safe Ebola diagnostic tests, which the agency says are urgently needed in West Africa. Reuters: WHO seeks swifter Ebola test to help stamp out epidemic “The World Health Organization is seeking faster and cheaper tests…

Gates Foundation Pledges $5.7M Toward Ebola Treatment Trials

News outlets report on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s pledge of $5.7 million to test experimental Ebola treatments in West Africa. BBC News: Ebola outbreak: $5.7m pledged for blood plasma trials “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $5.7m towards a program to increase production of experimental Ebola…