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Wayne C. Koff

Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer


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Wayne C. Koff is internationally recognized leader in AIDS vaccine research and development. He has been honored twice by the United States Department of Health and Human Services with the Special Act of Service Award for developing innovative strategies for accelerating global efforts in AIDS vaccine R&D. He oversees IAVI’s programs in AIDS vaccine research, discovery and development. Prior to joining IAVI, Dr. Koff served as vice president, Vaccine Research and Development at United Biomedical, Inc., where he was responsible for the vaccine R&D program. During his tenure, the company conducted the first AIDS vaccine trials in Brazil, China and Thailand. Dr. Koff also has served as chief of the Vaccine Research and Development Branch, Division of AIDS, at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the US National Institutes of Health, where he helped establish the AIDS vaccine development program. An adjunct professor in the Department of Microbiology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, Dr. Koff has published more than 100 scientific papers and edited seven books on vaccine development. He received his Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Koff is available to comment on

-The state of AIDS vaccine R&D, including IAVI programs and research consortia
-The need for rational, structure-based approaches to solve the HIV vaccine challenge
-The promise of broadly neutralizing antibodies
-Vectors for delivering AIDS vaccines
-Cutting edge technologies advancing AIDS vaccine design and development

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