Preventing and Treating Disease
During the next decade, cancers are projected to cause more deaths than all infectious diseases combined. The Human Vaccines Project is seeking to bring the power of vaccination to the cancer space to address one of our greatest health threats.
Recent groundbreaking research has shown that the immune system plays a critical role in controlling cancer. Cancer vaccines and immunotherapies are already having a significant impact on how we fight cancer. Yet even the best immune-driven therapies only work in a subset of patients and in a subset of cancers.
Understanding the key principles of human immunity can help expand the benefits of cancer vaccines and immunotherapies to a larger number patients and cancers.
From diseases such as Zika and Ebola to pandemic influenza, emerging pandemics can spread globally much faster than scientists’ ability to develop new vaccines. In the future, new highly complex and devastating diseases may arise, just as HIV arose more than 35 years ago and still remains a global killer. The Human Vaccines Project is seeking to enable the rapid, targeted, and effective development of vaccines to better fight future pandemics.
Global Infectious Diseases
HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and other complex diseases continue to cause millions of infections and deaths annually because they have resisted scientists’ best efforts to develop widely effective vaccines. The Human Vaccines Project is working to accelerate the development of critical new vaccines and therapeutics against these devastating diseases.
Protecting All People
For the past 100 years most vaccines have been designed for healthy adults in high-income countries. Yet, most of the global disease burden now occurs in the world’s fastest growing demographics—the elderly and those in the developing world.
As people age, the immune system’s ability to fight disease declines, and those in developing countries exhibit different immune responses to vaccination than those in other regions.
By understanding how human immunity varies by demographics, we are seeking to engineer existing and future vaccines to be effective for all people, especially those most at risk for disease.
Accelerating Product Development
An understanding of the key principles and components of the immune system will transform how vaccines and new therapies are developed, enabling greater predictability and rationality in how products are designed, as well as reducing the risk, time, and cost of development.