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VBI Teams With Brazilian Institute to Develop Infectious Disease Products

NEW YORK, May 3 (GenomeWeb News) - The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and a Brazilian health institute yesterday said they plan to develop a wide range of medical products and technologies.


The initial three-year alliance calls for the VBI and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation to "facilitate the development of" drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and "other technologies" for infectious diseases, including dengue fever, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, influenza, malaria, and pneumonia.


Details of the agreement were not disclosed.


FIOCRUZ, based in Rio de Janeiro, has expertise in biology, medicine, and the epidemiology of infectious diseases, while VBI is known for its genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics tools and data.

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