SRI International Awarded $100 Million NIAID Contract to Develop Treatments for Radiation Exposure

MENLO PARK, Calif.—October 13, 2015—SRI International has been awarded a resource contract of up to $100 million over five years by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, for the development of products to mitigate or treat acute or delayed effects of radiation exposure. Under this multi-year contract, SRI Biosciences, a division of SRI International, will provide services, facilities, expertise and capabilities to advance the development of radiation/nuclear medical countermeasure therapies from early-stage discovery towards licensure or approval by the Food and Drug Administration. 

The supported work will encompass studies performed in the drug development pathway, as well as the administrative foundation necessary to facilitate and coordinate these activities in partnership with NIAID.

NIAID has sponsored numerous early-stage research and product development programs and additional targeted initiatives focused on radiation-induced hematopoietic, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, cutaneous and combined injuries and radionuclide decorporation. 

"SRI has an extensive track record of drug development and basic radiation biology research, and this project fits perfectly within our broad but very deep range of product development capabilities," said Polly Chang, Ph.D., senior director of Molecular and Genetic Toxicology, SRI Biosciences, and principal investigator for the NIAID contract. "We are honored to have the opportunity to work with NIAID on this large, important project designed to protect human health. I'm confident in the team of experts we've structured to support this contract, and look forward to working with our colleagues at NIAID to move this program forward expeditiously and effectively."

Under the current contract, SRI will be responsible for a comprehensive set of tasks that could include (but will not be limited to) preclinical and nonclinical testing, formulation development, stability studies, current Good Manufacturing Practice production and human clinical safety studies. SRI will support the latter in its own Phase 1 clinical trials facility, which enables the organization to advance promising drug candidates beyond the Investigational New Drug phase.

About SRI Biosciences 

SRI Biosciences carries out basic research, drug discovery, and drug development. SRI has all the resources necessary to take R&D from initial discoveries to clinical trials. SRI's product pipeline has yielded marketed drugs, therapeutics currently in human testing and additional programs at earlier stages. SRI Biosciences also offers a wide range of contract research organization (CRO) services, helping government and industry clients and partners advance drugs and other biomedical products toward commercialization. In addition, SRI is working to create the next generation of technologies in areas such as diagnostics, drug delivery, medical devices, and systems biology.

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