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Pharma company with UC Davis connection receives patent for painless vaccine technology

Verndari Inc., a pharmaceutical company with laboratories at the UC Davis Medical Center, has received a patent for vaccines administered through adhesive skin patches.   The technology, known as VaxiPatch, can be self-applied and is painless to the user, unlike typical vaccines that require a needle and syringe. The patent was issued to the company on July 17 and describes a method to manufacture the vaccine patches...


How to Inoculate Against Anti-Vaxxers

The no-vaccine crowd has persuaded a lot of people. But public health can prevail.

The World Health Organization has ranked vaccine hesitancy — the growing resistance to widely available lifesaving vaccines — as one of the top 10 health threats in the world for 2019. That news will not come as a surprise in New York City, where the worst measles outbreak in decades is now underway. Nor in California or Minnesota, where similar outbreaks unfolded in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Nor in Texas, where some 60,000 children remain wholly unvaccinated thanks in part to an aggressive anti-vaccine lobby...


CEPI - the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations

We want to stop future epidemics by developing new vaccines for a safer world.

Vaccines are one of the world’s most important health achievements. Yet their life-saving potential hasn’t yet been realised for many known and unknown epidemic threats, particularly in low-income countries, where the risks and needs are often greatest...


Preparing for Pandemics

During the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, as many as 100 million people died — up to 5 percent of the world’s population. If a similar outbreak were to happen today, the death toll could reach 360 million, despite the availability of vaccines as well as modern antiviral and antibacterial drugs. The economic impact would also be devastating, resulting in a $3 trillion economic loss, or nearly 5 percent of global GDP.


AACC Honors 2015 Award Winners for Advancing Laboratory Medicine and Patient Care

Daniel Henderson PhD receives the Ullman Prize

AACC and its academy, the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB), are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 AACC and NACB Awards, which honor laboratory medicine professionals worldwide for advancing the field of clinical laboratory testing. Through these annual awards programs, AACC strives to support laboratory medicine practitioners in all stages of their careers and to build awareness of the essential contribution made by all laboratorians in today’s complex, changing healthcare environment.


Vaccine Vision

Verndari was founded with the goal to eliminate needle phobia, and the need for the cold chain, with a cost-effective simple-to-use vaccination that can be mass produced.  Verndari has developed a complete single-dose vaccination kit which includes VaxiPatchTM. VaxiPatch is an “elegantly simple”...

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Durga Bobba
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Durga has over 25 years of global commercial biopharma experience. After an initial spell as a sales representative at Parke-Davis, he took on roles of increasing responsibility at major global pharmaceutical companies including Merck, Genentech and Amgen in the areas of Marketing, Product Development, Alliance Management and Business Development.

Durga started his 15-year career at Merck & Co, Inc. in pricing and then held U.S. and global roles that included U.S. brand management, business development and emerging markets.  He ultimately joined the Vaccine Division as Sr. Director of International Commercial Operations and later Executive Director for the Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa region. Durga supported four ex-US launches and helped Merck Vaccines quadruple annual sales to $4 billion to become the world’s number one vaccine company. Durga is currently the Chief Business Officer of SutroVax.  

Durga holds an MBA from Georgetown University where he received the Dean’s Citation for distinguished service and leadership.

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