World-Class AIDS Vaccine Researcher Emilio Emini Joins IAVI
...Emilio A. Emini, Ph.D., a globally recognized expert in AIDS and vaccines, has joined the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) as Senior Vice President and Chief of Vaccine Development.Dr. Emini
will oversee IAVI's
partnership programs to develop a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS.An effective vaccine is the best hope for stopping the continuing spread of the epidemic.Dr. Emini
joins the nonprofit IAVI after 20 years at Merck & Co., Inc.
, where he
gained recognition as one of the world's preeminent AIDS vaccine scientists.He
is credited for leading the pharmaceutical giant's AIDS vaccine efforts, advancing five different vaccine candidates to human trials.In addition to searching for an AIDS vaccine, Dr. Emini
led the Merck team that developed one of the first highly effective antiretroviral agents for the treatment of people living with HIV.As Merck's Senior Vice President of Vaccine Research, Dr. Emini was responsible for Merck's overall basic vaccine research program including diseases other than AIDS.
brings drive, dedication and experience in large-scale vaccine development from his
distinguished career at a leading pharmaceutical company.He
will help IAVI
navigate the way forward given the complexities of finding an AIDS vaccine."At IAVI, Dr. Emini will work alongside Wayne Koff, Ph.D., who has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief of Vaccine Research.
will focus on developing these concepts into vaccine candidates that are tested in human trials, and accelerating the most promising to large-scale efficacy trials and eventual licensure.
brings his extensive vaccine development skills to the challenges of improving upon the current portfolio of candidates, and together with Dr. Koff will lead the effort to design, develop and test the next generation of candidates.
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