DNDi welcomes Dr Marie-Paule Kieny as new Chair of the Board of Directors with Prof. Marcel Tanner stepping down after ten successful years

[Geneva – 8 August 2017]

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) announced today the appointment of Dr Marie-Paule Kieny as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. Dr Kieny, a former World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director-General, brings more than four decades of experience in public health and innovation to DNDi’s work in developing new treatments for neglected patients. Until July 2017, Dr Kieny led WHO’s Health Systems and Innovation cluster. During her career at WHO, she also led its Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research cluster, directed the WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research and led the organization’s activities on Ebola and Zika research, as well as the preparation of an R&D Blueprint to accelerate global preparedness for future pandemics. Before joining WHO in 2001, Dr Kieny was Director of Research at the Institute of Virology, Institut national de la Santé et de la Recherche médicale in Paris (INSERM) and Assistant Scientific Director of French biopharmaceutical company Transgene SA.

Entasis Therapeutics and the Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP) to develop a new treatment for drug-resistant gonorrhea

[Boston, Geneva – 6 July 2017]
First partnering deal for newly-created GARDP with Entasis includes access and stewardship strategy to tackle drug-resistant gonorrhea

Zoliflodacin, a novel first-in-class oral antibiotic and one of the only treatments in development to address the rapidly-growing threat of drug-resistant gonorrhea will enter pivotal trials, thanks to a new partnership between the not-for-profit Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) and Entasis Therapeutics. The announcement comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) releases alarming new data today showing that of 77 countries surveyed across the world, more than 60% report resistance to the last-resort treatment for gonorrhea.
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Clinical trial for a better treatment for mycetoma starts in Sudan

[Khartoum, Sudan – 19 June 2017]
First ever double-blind study for disease so neglected that it only recently was added to WHO list of neglected tropical diseases

The first-ever double-blind, randomized clinical trial for an effective treatment for the severely neglected disease mycetoma has enrolled its first patient at the Mycetoma Research Centre (MRC) in Khartoum, Sudan.

New open source project engages universities in neglected diseases drug discovery

[London and New York –  May 3, 2017]
Indian, UK and US students to help discover desperately-needed drug leads for visceral leishmaniasis
The non-profit research and development organisation Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) has launched a collaborative project with five universities in India, the UK, and the US to harness the capacity of university teaching laboratories and task students with discovering potential new drugs for patients living with neglected diseases.

Daiichi Sankyo announces collaborative research on drugs for neglected diseases

[Tokyo, Japan – March 30, 2017]
Daiichi Sankyo announces collaborative research on drugs for neglected diseases
Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (hereafter, “Daiichi Sankyo”), announced that it has entered into a new joint research agreement with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (hereafter, “DNDi”) with regard to a new research program, the Hit-to-Lead Project, with the aim to develop drug treatments for two neglected tropical diseases, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.

Study confirms key therapeutic advance for children living with HIV and tuberculosis

[Seattle, USA – February 14, 2017]
Landmark study proves that “super-boosting” approach counters negative interaction between key HIV and TB drugs
The non-profit research and development organization Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) has released results of a study in South Africa that will make it easier for healthcare workers to treat children living with HIV who are co-infected with tuberculosis.