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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
WSJ blog: Harvard scientist devises way to bring vaccines to the poor, via China
Harvard scientist John Mekalanos (left) came up with a way to make vaccines much more cheaply, but to actually produce them, he had to fly to China, the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog reports.
Mekalanos struck a deal with Gerald Chan, a venture capitalist who is opening a vaccine factory on a tropical island called Hainan, one of the regions China has targeted for foreign investment, the blog says. Harvard will license Mekalanosís method to Chanís Morningside Group. The result will be a company with scientists working in Boston and on Hainan to develop a commercial vaccine.
The deal allows Harvard to license any vaccines the company creates to governments and humanitarian groups in the developing world, Isaac Kohlberg, the chief of Harvardís technology development office, told the WSJ blog. Morningside would be able to sell the vaccine in the developed world.