University of Saskatchewan

April 19, 2014   

Province Contributes $1.5 Million to the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization

October 02, 2006 Industry and Resources Minister Eric Cline on behalf of Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Wartman today announced the Province is providing the vaccine and infectious disease organization (VIDO) with $1.5 million over five years to continue its work of protecting the world from infectious diseases.

"VIDO is an important component of the growing research and development cluster in Saskatchewan and plays a vital role in the development of the local and global livestock industry," Cline said. "This money will enhance VIDO's research and development initiatives."

"The province's support enables us to continue to retain scientists and staff in Saskatchewan, and to provide a world-class research environment that supports our progress in the prevention of infectious disease," VIDO director Dr. Lorne Babiuk said.

VIDO, created in 1975 and located at the University of Saskatchewan, is a not-for-profit global leader in vaccine research to control diseases in both humans and animals.

Over its history, VIDO has built an international reputation in the development of new vaccine delivery systems, such as oral and intranasal methods, and for its new food safety vaccine initiative. To date, VIDO is credited with five "world-firsts" in animal vaccine research and holds over 70 patents, with another 25 pending.

Current areas of VIDO research include: enhancement of vaccine efficiency; development of single-dose vaccines, vaccines for food and water safety; vaccines against influenza, hepatitis C and SARS; development of neonatal
vaccines; the improvement of early childhood vaccines and the development of novel approaches to infectious disease control.

VIDO employs more than 140 people in its research facility and 160-acre research station. Major funding for VIDO comes from the governments of Canada, Saskatchewan and Alberta, as well as from industry, private-contract research and philanthropic foundations.

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For More Information, Contact:

Donna Rehirchuk
Agriculture and Food
Regina
Phone: (306) 787-2359
Tess Laidlaw
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization
Saskatoon
Phone: (306) 966-1506

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