First World Resources for Third World Diseases

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  • 10/27/2006
In the November issue of Commentary I make the point that Big Pharma needs to be seen as focusing more on promoting the public health than they do on promoting products.

Pfizer has just taken a significant step in that direction.

The world's biggest pharmaceutucal company has announced a collaboration that gives access to its library of medicinal compounds – the world’s largest – and also brings scientists from developing countries into Pfizer’s laboratories for training in drug discovery techniques.

The collaboration with The Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases of the WHO (WHO/TDR) is part of a new effort to link the research resources of a major pharmaceutical company to a global network of discovery research, and speed the search for new drugs to combat some of the world’s most deadly parasitic diseases, including malaria, leishmaniasis, African trypanosomiasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and Chagas' disease.

Under the arrangement, scientists in institutes affiliated with the WHO/TDR-sponsored Compound Evaluation Network are testing thousands of compounds from the Pfizer library. In a process called “screening”, the researchers are seeking to identify “hits” – compounds that show initial activity against a range of tropical parasites.

Well done!

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