The NITD and the TB Alliance Announce Five-Year Collaboration Targeted to Accelerate TB treatment R&D
News Jun 25, 2008
The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) and the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD) announced today a five-year research collaboration designed to yield new medicines for TB, including drug-resistant TB.
The partnership is a milestone toward the development of faster TB drug regimens that treat all forms of TB, are easier for patients to complete, and can be used safely in patients with HIV/AIDS.
“Since the NITD’s establishment in 2002, its core strategy has been to collaborate with other organizations to develop and deliver life-saving treatments to those who need them,” said Paul Herrling, chairman of NITD and head of Corporate Research at Novartis.
“Our dedicated research team will leverage our expertise gained throughout the past six years of NITD’s TB efforts in partnership with the TB Alliance,” Herrling added.
Under the collaboration, the NITD and the TB Alliance will share information on new and ongoing TB drug discovery projects. The agreement clears the pathway for future collaborative development of novel antibiotic compounds.
This partnership offers the opportunity for significant progress in the TB drug pipeline, which has grown considerably in the last few years due, in large part, to the resurgent efforts of the TB Alliance and its public-private partners.
The new collaboration supports the overall mission of both the NITD and the TB Alliance, as they are committed to improving access to medicines and helping reduce the overall global TB disease burden.
The NITD relies on establishing key partnerships to augment its research activities and recognizes the importance of such partnerships, such as the TB Alliance, to help support the advancement of drug discovery for neglected disease under its not-for-profit mission statement.
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