LYON, France, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of
sanofi-aventis Group, announced today a partnership with Institut Pasteur to
develop a vaccine against malaria. Under this collaboration agreement, Sanofi
Pasteur will have access to antigens identified by Institut Pasteur derived
from Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite responsible for the most deadly
malaria infections. Sanofi Pasteur intends to use these antigens with the goal
of developing a safe and efficacious candidate vaccine against malaria.
"Sanofi Pasteur is committed to making malaria a vaccine-preventable
disease, ultimately relieving affected populations from this scourge," said
Wayne Pisano, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sanofi Pasteur. "Sanofi
Pasteur is continuously exploring new paths to develop innovative vaccines and
this agreement with Institut Pasteur underlines the company's historical
involvement in public-private partnerships with renowned institutions to help
improve public health."
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 40% of the
world's population, mostly those living in the world's poorest countries, are
at risk of malaria. Every year, more than 500 million people become severely
ill with malaria. Of those, more than one million people die every year -
mostly infants, young children and pregnant women - the majority of which are
in Africa, specifically, sub-Saharan Africa.
"Institut Pasteur has discovered several promising antigens over the last
decade that we believe could lead to malaria vaccines to protect children
living in endemic regions as well as travellers," said Pr. Alice Dautry,
President of Institut Pasteur. "Teaming with Sanofi Pasteur, a long-standing
partner of the institute, increases the potential to reach the shared goal of
a malaria vaccine. Through this agreement, Institut Pasteur and Sanofi Pasteur
reinforce their collaboration to benefit public health."
Sanofi Pasteur's malaria vaccine project is currently in the preclinical
phase and is expected to benefit from a network of partnerships.
sanofi-aventis, a leading global pharmaceutical company, discovers,
develops and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of
everyone. sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York
(NYSE : SNY).
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group, provided
more than a billion doses of vaccine in 2006, making it possible to immunize
more than 500 million people across the globe. A world leader in the vaccine
industry, Sanofi Pasteur offers the broadest range of vaccines protecting
against 20 infectious diseases. The Company's heritage, to create vaccines
that protect life, dates back more than a century. Sanofi Pasteur is the
largest company entirely dedicated to vaccines. Every day, the company invests
more than EUR1 million in research and development. For more information,
please visit: http://www.sanofipasteur.com or http://www.sanofipasteur.us
About Institut Pasteur
Institut Pasteur, a private non-profit foundation, is dedicated to the
prevention and treatment of diseases through research, education and public
health activities. A large part of Institut Pasteur's research activities are
devoted to infectious diseases. Since it was set up, Institut Pasteur has
played a major role in combating diseases such as rabies, plague, diphtheria,
tetanus, typhus, tuberculosis, hepatitis B and AIDS. Institut Pasteur is the
heart of an International Network made up of 30 institutes spread over the
five continents. For more information, see http://www.pasteur.fr.
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