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Discovery of Antivirals Against Smallpox

Executive Summary


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .


To explore ways to encourage the broader academic biology community and the commercial sector to participate in the process of discovering new smallpox antiviral drugs, The National Academies held a brainstorming workshop in Washington, D.C. on June 15-16, 2003. The 30 workshop participants in attendance included several pox virologists and numerous experts in cell biology, biochemistry, and structural biology, as well as representatives from government, the biotechnology industry, and pharmaceutical companies. Following the meeting, The National Academies established the Committee on Transforming Biological Information into New Therapies to prepare a report that describes important scientific questions for research and suggests ways to expedite the discovery of smallpox antiviral drugs. The report has two main parts: I. Scientific Opportunities, and II. Incentives, Logistics, and Policies.

This study was supported by Contract DHHS N01-OD-4-2139, Task Order 130 between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Disease.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

Copyright © 2004, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK83490PMID: 22379644
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