UM Ventures Announces Collaboration Between UM School of Medicine’s Dr. Frank Robb and Fina Biosolutions
Thursday, July 11, 2013
- PATH-Funded Public-Private Partnership Designed to Improve Vaccine Manufacturing Platform -
BALTIMORE, MD, July 11, 2013 – University of Maryland (UM) Ventures announced today a collaboration between Frank Robb, Ph.D., at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, and Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Rockville, Maryland-based Fina Biosolutions LLC to devise new ways to manufacture a key component used in many vaccines. The international nonprofit organization, PATH, which spurs new innovation with the goal of delivering high-impact, low-cost global health solutions such as lifesaving vaccines, will fund the partnership’s development efforts as part of its pneumococcal vaccine project.
“A new and improved vaccine production method is the goal of this public-private partnership between my lab and Fina Biosolutions,” said Dr. Robb. “It is designed to yield broader availability of an important vaccine component, which is highly effective, but prohibitively expensive for some applications, particularly in the developing world.”