Despite dire warnings, a stockpile of ready compounds to fight viral pandemics was sorely lacking. Can drugmakers finally do the right thing?
“Why don’t we start thinking about how we can prevent the next pandemic, even while at the same time working to solve the current problem?”
Webinar Recording Discussing READDI: "READDI, Not Reactive: Preparing for the Next Pandemic"
Join Tar Heels Together for an important conversation with campus experts including Eshelman Institute for Innovation Director John Bamforth and UNC School of Medicine Associate Professor Nat Moorman. They will discuss how READDI is bringing together the world’s best minds in science and business to proactively develop and deliver novel antiviral drugs before the next virus creates another global catastrophe.
Watch the recorded webinar here.
Antibiotics abound, but virus-fighting drugs are harder to come by, and Covid-19 amply shows how much we need them. Fortunately, scientists are getting better at making and finding them.
COVID-19 is not the first pandemic, yet much of the world was unprepared to face it. Scientists at UNC are committed to ensuring this lack of preparedness does not happen again.
READDI, Not Reactive
For decades, scientists warned of the potential for a global coronavirus outbreak. But when SARS-CoV-2 emerged, no therapeutics, drugs, or vaccines were readily available. The Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Development Initiative (READDI) — founded by researchers at UNC and the Structural Genomics Consortium — is not only finding solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also drugs and therapeutics for future viral outbreaks.
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John Bamforth oversees the Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Discovery Initiative, a non-profit drug research and development organization that is part of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation.
The mission: to find treatments for COVID-19 and to anticipate what treatments may be needed in future pandemics.
Tech Transfer Central's University-Industry Engagement Advisor highlights READDI's strategic approach to planning for future pandemics.
John Bamforth, director, Eshelman Institute for Innovation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, discusses with University/Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) what it takes to bring together the world's top pharmaceutical researchers and industry leaders to ensure we're ready for future pandemics.
North Carolina Policy Collaboratory distributes $29 million for COVID-19 research
The Collaboratory funded 85 projects across 14 UNC System schools, including $1 million allocated to each of the six Historically Minority-Serving Institutions.
READDI is led by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.