Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has forged a partnership with Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, for advisory support on clinical trials of Sputnik V vaccine in the country.
Through this association, Dr. Reddy’s would identify and use some of BIRAC’s clinical trial centres for the vaccine, which are funded under the National Biopharma Mission (NBM), implemented by Project Management Unit-NBM at BIRAC. Further, the Company will have access to Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) labs to conduct immunogenicity assay testing of the vaccine.
Collaboration with BIRAC
Talking about the partnership, Satish Reddy, Chairman, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories said, “We are pleased with the collaboration with BIRAC as an advisory partner for clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine in India. We look forward to working with them to accelerate our efforts in bringing the vaccine to India.”
According to Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary, DBT and Chairperson, BIRAC, “The government is committed to fast track clinical development of COVID vaccine
candidates and provide facilitation to accelerate market readiness of a suitable vaccine. We at DBT look forward to this partnership with Dr. Reddy’s for this Indo Russian Collaboration for Vaccine Development.”
Dr. Reddy’s and Russia Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) recently received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct an adaptive phase 2/3 human clinical trial for Sputnik V vaccine in India.
The Sputnik V vaccine developed on August 11, 2020 by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology was registered by the Ministry of Health of Russia and became the World’s first registered vaccine against COVID-19 based on the human adenoviral vector platform.
(With inputs from The OnLook News Research Bureau)