European Medicines Agency  [to 23 Jun 2018]
Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) meeting of 19–21 June 2018
First stem cell-based veterinary medicine recommended for marketing authorisation …

Reinforced EU/US collaboration on medicines
Update on the European Commission/EMA–FDA bilateral of 18-19 June 2018 …

Interested in joining the Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT) to represent patients’ associations or clinicians?
Call for expressions of interest open until 18 July 2018 …

Modernising the orphan designation process
EMA launches new submission portal today


Global Fund [to 23 Jun 2018];&country=
Global Fund Appoints New Head of External Relations, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer
20 June 2018
Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, today announced the appointments of three new leaders joining the senior management team to accelerate the Global Fund’s work toward ending epidemics..
Françoise Vanni will become the Global Fund’s new Head of External Relations, bringing more than 20 years of leadership experience in resource mobilization and advocacy, most recently as Director of External Relations and Communications for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Middle East.
Jacques Le Pape, a finance expert with rich experience in government and in the private sector, will be the Global Fund’s new Chief Financial Officer. Le Pape has served as a senior auditor, an executive at Air France KLM, an advisor to successive ministers in the French government, and as a manager at France’s Treasury. He will begin his new role on 23 July.
Michael Johnson, an innovative and accomplished leader in information technology with experience in both the public and private sectors, will become the new Chief Information Officer at a time when the Global Fund is building greater capacity for managing and synthesizing data with a focus on an enhanced digital agenda…
Human Vaccines Project   [to 23 Jun 2018]
Media Release: 19-Jun-2018
Michelson Prize Awards $450,000 to Young Scientists Advancing Immunology and Vaccine Research
The Michelson Medical Research Foundation and the Human Vaccines Project award three recipients with inaugural Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Research
…Today the Michelson Medical Research Foundation and the Human Vaccines Project are announcing the cutting edge researchers under the age of 35 that were selected as the award’s first recipients from a global competition that included over a hundred applications spanning 12 countries. Each of the three recipients will be awarded a $150,000 Prize to fund specific aspects of their research.
“We are thrilled to recognize these three young scientists that hail from the U.S. and Australia – Patricia Illing, PhD, Ansuman Satpathy, MD, PhD, and Laura Mackay, PhD – as the first recipients of the Michelson Prizes for Human Immunology and Vaccine Research,” said Gary Michelson, MD, founder of the Michelson Medical Research Foundation. “The high caliber of their scientific pursuits, their disruptive ideas, and their passion for innovation and problem solving gives me great hope for the future of science.”…


IVAC  [to 23 Jun 2018]
June 2018
Commentary: The Ideal Community of Practice—Engaging Local Stakeholders in Uganda to Develop Cost of Illness Estimates and Beyond
IVI   [to 23 Jun 2018]
NIBSC, IVI jointly organize meeting on cholera vaccine standardization
In Memoriam: Prof. Adel Mahmoud (1941 – 2018)
The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) is greatly saddened by the June 11 passing of Prof. Adel Mahmoud, former Chairman of the IVI Board of Trustees and a global pioneer in the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.
Prof. Mahmoud joined the IVI BOT as a member-at-large in 2010 and served as its Chairman from 2013 when IVI was going through a difficult period, before resigning due to health reasons in February of this year. He came to the IVI Board after a remarkable career in academia and industry, culminating as the President of Merck Vaccines.  Before passing away, he was a Professor of the Department of Molecular Biology and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, USA.
IVI is a stronger and more vital institution because of Prof. Mahmoud’s vision and leadership. IVI is eternally grateful to him and would like to extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to his family and to all those who knew him, as we join the community in  the mourning of his loss. He will be remembered and dearly missed by IVI and the broader international community for his contributions to global health.


PATH  [to 23 Jun 2018]
Press release | June 20, 2018
PATH and SD BIOSENSOR announce partnership to advance diagnostic test critical for malaria treatment and elimination
Agreement supports development and availability of an affordable, high-quality enzyme deficiency test

Press release | June 19, 2018
New report finds $100 million shortfall in annual global investments in malaria research and development
Report highlights a ‘second valley of death’ threatening to keep developed malaria products from reaching those most in need
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UNAIDS [to 23 Jun 2018]
Women’s rights advocates join UNAIDS to address sexual harassment
22 June 2018
For decades, women’s rights leaders and civil society organizations have been actively working to advance gender equality. Civil society have also been critical partners to UNAIDS since its inception in 1996, UNAIDS being the only United Nations organization to include non-governmental organizations as active participants on its board.
The partnership between UNAIDS and civil society continues to be essential and on 18-19 June, UNAIDS and the ATHENA Network co-convened a meeting on addressing sexual harassment. The meeting provided a unique opportunity for dialogue with civil society on concerns and questions around sexual harassment and gender equality, as well as to provide valuable inputs on how to strengthen the work of UNAIDS in this area.
UNAIDS welcomed more than 30 women’s rights leaders and civil society advocates to share good practices, articulate concerns and discuss ways of moving forward to strengthen rights-based responses to sexual harassment and protect survivors and people who come forward to report incidents of harassment…


UNICEF  [to 23 Jun 2018]
Selected Press Releases/Reports
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World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)   [to 23 Jun 2018]
Discover the 2017 OIE Annual Report
To meet the goal of protecting animals and thereby preserving our future, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) worked in 2017 with its 181 Member Countries to control animal health risks, ensure transparency in communication and reinforce the resilience of animal health systems: the 3 main objectives of its 6th Strategic Plan. This Annual Report reviews the progress achieved over the past year.

BIO    [to 23 Jun 2018]
Jun 21 2018
Distinguished Professor and Dean from South Korea to Receive 2018 George Washington Carver Award
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today announced that Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) will receive the 11th annual George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology. The award will be presented on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 during a plenary session at the 2018 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The world’s largest conference on industrial biotechnology and partnering event will be held July 16-19, 2018, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Jun 21 2018
Corteva Agriscience’s Krysta Harden to Receive 2018 Rosalind Franklin Award
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today announced that Corteva AgriscienceTM Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer Krysta Harden will receive the 5th annual Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture. Corteva Agriscience™ is the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. The award will be presented on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 during a plenary session at the 2018 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The world’s largest conference on industrial biotechnology and partnering event will be held July 16-19, 2018, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.