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Matthew Feldman, manger, strategic communications for Aeras, tells of the financial impact Tuberculosis continues to have on Africa and the noticeable progression of the virus since the first vaccine was introduced, during the 2014 #J2JLungHealth Media Training in Barcelona. http://nationalpress.org/programs-and-resources/program/lung-health-media-training-barcelona-spain-2014/
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  Past, present and a better future: Tuberculosis vaccines and the power of storytelling Matt Feldman MSc MA Manager, Strategic Communications Lung Health Media Training October 29, 2014   Aeras: A non profit biotech advancing TB vaccines for the world ã Founded in 2003 ã In-house capabilities in finance, portfolio management, GMP pilot manufacturing, translational product development and policy, advocacy and resource mobilization ã 501(c)(3) organization registered in Washington DC ã Offices  – Rockville, MD (headquarters)  – Cape Town, South Africa  – Beijing, China ã Executive leadership team with decades of experience developing and commercializing new vaccines/biologics ã ~ 160 employees with annual budget of approx. USD $55 million ã External expert advisory groups  TB is Mother Nature’s number one killer over the past 200 years ã TB is spread through the air like a common cold ã This year: 9 million new cases, 1.5 million deaths  – 4100 deaths/day  – Ebola 2014: 20 deaths/day ã TB kills 1 in 4 people infected with HIV Source: Nature, 2013; WHO, 2014  Complacency + Failure to innovate = Emergency ã WHO declaration: “Tuberculosis today is humanity’s greatest killer, and it is out of control in many parts of the world. The disease, preventable and treatable, has been grossly neglected and no country is immune to it. ”   ã  Arati Kochi, Manager WHO Tuberculosis Program, 1993 ã In 2014, where do things stand?
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