July 14, 2014

Research Roundup: EDCTP Forum, Sayana® Press, a new dengue vaccine, the 21st Century Cures Initiative, and more

Senior Program Assistant

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

Last week, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung (DSW) attended the seventh European & Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP) Forum in Berlin, Germany. Anne Hradský—advocacy coordinator at DSW—writes about the value of EDCTP, the progress it has achieved, and news and insights that came out of this year’s forum.

The Lancet has published results for the first-ever large-scale Phase III clinical trial for a vaccine against dengue fever. The results show that the three-dose vaccine could reduce cases of dengue fever by 56.5 percent and dengue hemorrhagic fever—a more severe form of dengue—by up to 88.5 percent. The vaccine is being developed by pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur.

A new form of easy-to-use injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera—called Sayana® Press—was introduced in Burkina Faso last week as part of a four-country rollout this year. The new form uses PATH-developed Uniject™—an autodisable injection system involving a plastic bubble with a needle attached and filled with one dose of the contraceptive. The device will be introduced next in Uganda, Senegal, and Niger.

The Global Post has published the first article in a special report examining how US-backed public-private partnerships (PPPs) are making an impact on global health and whether there is evidence justifying increased US investment in PPPs, especially by the US Agency for International Development.

Leaders of the biopharmaceutical research community called on Congress to improve the clinical research process to accelerate the discovery and development of new medical therapies. The 21st Century Cures Initiative—part of the House Energy & Commerce Committee—asked experts to present “strategies for reducing regulatory oversight, speeding up clinical research processes, and utilizing technology to better understand the potential benefits and risks of promising new treatments.”