The AerasSHARE Biorepository includes specimens of blood drawn from volunteers in a number of clinical trials, as allowed by the participant agreements. The samples, which are stored at Aeras’ headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, and at sites in Africa near where the trials were conducted, will be sent to researchers whose requests have been approved by the Biorepository Oversight Committee (BOC).
“As a nonprofit, mission-driven organization, Aeras is dedicated to promoting collaboration with researchers around the world to speed the development of new, improved TB vaccines,” said Aeras CEOJacqueline E. Shea, PhD. “TB causes more deaths globally than any other single pathogen and the world urgently needs a new vaccine.”
TB is a global epidemic which kills more people than any other single infectious agent, with 1.5 million deaths and 9.6 million new cases in 2014. Experts agree that new vaccines are critical to ending the epidemic in the next 15 – 20 years as targeted by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the World Health Organization.