SRI International Awarded $100 Million NIAID Contract to Develop Treatments for Radiation Exposure
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Posted by: Kate Oesterle
MENLO PARK, Calif.—October 13, 2015—SRI International has been awarded a resource contract of up to $100 million over five years by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, for the development of products to mitigate or treat acute or delayed effects of radiation exposure. Under this multi-year contract, SRI Biosciences, a division of SRI International, will provide services, facilities, expertise and capabilities to advance the development of radiation/nuclear medical countermeasure therapies from early-stage discovery towards licensure or approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
The supported work will encompass studies performed in the drug development pathway, as well as the administrative foundation necessary to facilitate and coordinate these activities in partnership with NIAID. NIAID has sponsored numerous early-stage research and product development programs and additional targeted initiatives focused on radiation-induced hematopoietic, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, cutaneous and combined injuries and radionuclide decorporation.
“SRI has an extensive track record of drug development and basic radiation biology research, and this project fits perfectly within our broad but very deep range of product development capabilities,” said Polly Chang, Ph.D., senior director of Molecular and Genetic Toxicology, SRI Biosciences, and principal investigator for the NIAID contract. “We are honored to have the opportunity to work with NIAID on this large, important project designed to protect human health. I’m confident in the team of experts we’ve structured to support this contract, and look forward to working with our colleagues at NIAID to move this program forward expeditiously and effectively.”