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Researcher Describes Long Road To Develop Experimental Ebola Vaccine

Associated Press: Twists, turns, eventually lead to promising Ebola vaccine “It took 16 years of twists and turns. Over and over, Dr. Nancy Sullivan thought she was close to an Ebola vaccine, only to see the next experiment fail. … But it is those failures that Sullivan credits for finally…

Blog Post Discusses Recent WHO Decisions Potentially Affecting Global Health R&D

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: WHO Executive Board agrees on set-up of pooled fund for global health R&D “In this guest post, Alexandra Heumber — head of policy affairs at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative — discusses actions taken during the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Executive Board meeting which…

GHIT Joins Gates Foundation In Grand Challenge Against NTDs, Pledges Initial $4M For Drug, Vaccine Development

SciDev.Net: Japan joins Gates’s Grand Challenge on tropical diseases “The Gates Foundation and Japan [on Thursday] launched a Grand Challenge to tackle neglected diseases, with an initial funding pledge of U.S. $4 million supplied jointly with Japanese companies. … The Tokyo-based Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund, of which the [Gates…

Experimental Ebola Drug Being Tested In Guinea Shows Promising Early Results

Agence France-Presse: ‘Encouraging’ Ebola drug trial results in Guinea “For the first time since the West African Ebola outbreak began over a year ago, a clinical trial with a candidate treatment has yielded ‘encouraging’ results, researchers announced Thursday…” (Thibault, 2/5). The New York Times: Ebola Drug Aids Some in a…

Investment In Reproductive Health R&D In Developing Countries Is Small

Global Health Technology Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: The state of reproductive health R&D for developing countries “…Dale Halliday — an analyst at Policy Cures — discusses the finding of Policy Cures’ report on funding for reproductive health technology research and development (R&D) in developing countries” and notes that “[c]onsidering the health burden,…

U.K.-Led Report Calls For Development Of Innovation Fund To Address Antibiotic Resistance

BBC News: Call to boost antibiotics funding to tackle ‘looming crisis’ “Far more money needs to be pumped into global drug research to tackle the looming crisis of antimicrobial resistance, a report says…” (Gallagher, 2/4). Financial Times: Call for superfund to fight superbugs “…The review, set up by David Cameron…