Tag: HIV

23 Dec 2016

Gates Foundation to Invest in HIV Prevention Device

“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing as much as $140 million to support development of a tiny implantable drug pump it believes could help prevent people in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere from becoming infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The matchstick-size pump is being developed by Intarcia Therapeutics Inc., a closely held Boston biotechnology company. It can hold six or 12 months’ supply of medicine and is designed to deliver microdoses continuously to patients, ensuring they stay on the treatment.” as reported by the Wall Street Journal (http://www.wsj.com/)

“If we don’t find a way to prevent infection, we’re going to wind up with more people infected in that part of the world than we have now,” said Emilio Emini, director of the HIV program at the Gates Foundation. But “its real-world effectiveness is much lower than that because you have to take a pill” every day and getting healthy people to do so is difficult, Dr. Emini said. That is what makes Intarcia’s pump so attractive, he said. “You put it in and you forget it,” he said, likening it to long-acting forms of contraception. “You can immediately imagine how it could be applicable.”

Read the full article here : http://www.wsj.com/articles/gates-foundation-to-invest-up-to-140-million-in-hiv-prevention-device-1483023602