Dr Reddy’s joins hands with BIRAC for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in India

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Dr Reddy’s Laboratories on Thursday announced that it has partnered with Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India for advisory support on clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, in India.

With this partnership, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories can identify and use some of BIRAC’s clinical trial centres for the vaccine, which are funded under National Biopharma Mission (NBM) at BIRAC. Moreover, it can also have access to good clinical laboratory practice (GCLP) labs to conduct immunogenicity assay testing of the vaccine.

The collaboration with BIRAC would help accelerate Dr Reddy’s efforts in bringing the vaccine to India.

Earlier this month, Dr Reddy’s and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) received approval from Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct human clinical trials for the Sputnik V vaccine in India.

Read here: https://www.dsij.in/DSIJArticleDetail/ArtMID/10163/ArticleID/15380/Dr-Reddy%E2%80%99s-gets-nod-from-DCGI-for-Sputnik-V-vaccine-trial

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