Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Serum Institute Pune develops meningitis vaccine

Pune-based Serum Institute of India Ltd (SIIL) will soon bring out India's first indigenously developed meningitis vaccine. The vaccine, which has completed phase 1, 2 and 2/3 of testing in Africa and India, will be first introduced in Africa in 2010.

Serum Institute additional medical director Dr Prasad Kulkarni said, “A few years ago, we were contacted by Meningitis Vaccine Project, a partnership between World Health Organization and Path, an American NGO, to see if we would be willing to develop and mass manufacture a vaccine at an affordable price for Africa. We accepted the project.”

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