Joseph Fortunak, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences in the Howard University Department of Chemistry and the College of Pharmacy, will be the lead on the project.
College of Pharmacy Dean and Professor Anthony Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph., director of the Center for Minority Health Services Research and the Center of Excellence at Howard University College of Pharmacy, said he looks forward to the new relationship and working with TNI BioTech.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to collaborate with TNI BioTech to develop medications that may be effective in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, cancer and other disorders,” Wutoh said. “We look forward to partnering further to provide our expertise in drug manufacturing, conduct of clinical trials and regulatory training for pharmaceutical development.
“We are especially pleased to provide support to assist nations in Africa and underscore our ongoing commitment to the development of people in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora.”
TNI BioTech will also assist Howard University College of Pharmacy in locating funding for the upgrade and further development of its Center for Drug Research. The drug research center once completed and qualified as a Current Good Manufacturing Practice facility, will provide manufacturing to TNI BioTech, Inc., and other companies looking to manufacture products in the United States for distribution both domestically and abroad. The center will provide additional revenue streams to the College of Pharmacy, allowing expansion of its operations to students around the world.
Noreen Griffin, CEO of TNI BioTech, Inc., said the company is pleased to enter into this agreement with Howard University.
“Few universities have the experience and commitment to Africa provided by Howard,” Griffin said. “It is this very experience and the expertise of its professors that will allow TNI BioTech to implement both our business and healthcare commitment to Africa.
“Howard’s healthcare projects in Africa allow it to help us develop new protocols, obtain regulatory approvals and oversee our clinical trials. We believe this agreement with Howard University enriches our university relationship and creates a new model for important industry-academic drug development and cooperation on an international scale.
“The partnership also aligns with Howard University College of Pharmacy's goals in shaping the future of pharmacy science and working collaboratively.”
About TNI BioTech: At TNI BioTech, Inc., our goal is to benefit patients with chronic and often life-threatening diseases through the activation and rebalancing of the body's immune system using our patented immunotherapy. Our products, technologies, and patents are designed to harness the power of the immune system to improve the treatment of cancer and infections, such as HIV/AIDS and autoimmune diseases. We are currently developing active and adoptive forms of immunotherapies. Our most advanced clinical programs involve immunotherapy with Met-Enkephalin (MENK) or low dose Naltrexone, which both work by triggering opioid receptors on immune cells and lead to an activation and expansion of various cells in the immune system.
About Howard University College of Pharmacy: Consistent with the mission of Howard University, the College of Pharmacy mission aims to provide pharmaceutical education of excellent quality to students with high academic, scholarship and leadership potential, with particular emphasis upon the recruitment, retention and graduation of promising African American and other ethnically diverse minority students. The primary goals of the College of Pharmacy are:
1) To recruit, train and educate qualified African American and other ethnically diverse minority students to assume leadership roles in pharmacy
2) To produce skilled pharmaceutical care practitioners, proficient pharmaceutical scientists and competent educators to meet the challenges of the profession and society
3) To recruit and retain a cadre of faculty dedicated to teach and mentor students, conduct research and pursue other scholarly activities that contribute to the growth and development of basic and clinical pharmaceutical sciences
4) To provide postgraduate and continuing professional education and community services that will enhance the quality of pharmaceutical care.