Bill Gates visits Serum Institute, meets vaccine hero Poonawalla

Pune: Friday, June 1, 2012

Bill Gates on Thursday visited the Serum Institute of India in Pune, met its CMD Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla whom he referred to as one of the seven vaccine heroes, and evinced interest in several products it is developing, “It’s great to be here and there are many new products the Foundation is interested in,” he Microsoft founder and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said in an interaction with the media.

Gates is likely to cement ties with the Institute for developing an injectable polio vaccine, more effective than polio drops.

Gates expressed interest in the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine being developed at the Institute. “There is a need for cost-effective vaccines against various infectious diseases and the Foundation is interested in several new products developed at the Serum Institute...,” Gates said.

L-R: Bill Gates, Adar and Cyrus Poonawalla at the Serum Institute of India

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