Partnering for potential rollout of the first
HIV prevention ring
The dapivirine ring could add an important component to a future prevention toolkit as a long-acting and self-initiated option for women. Leveraging the partnerships that helped advance the ring through Phase III trials, IPM is collaborating across public, private and civil society sectors to increase widespread awareness, and to encourage demand and uptake if the ring is approved and incorporated into HIV prevention strategies.
IPM works with both governmental and traditional leaders in South Africa and Uganda to ensure that discussions on national HIV prevention policies include the dapivirine ring as an important potential option for women. National strategic plans continue to support microbicide research and eventual introduction.
PARTNERING FOR ACCESS
Activities in 2016 included:
IPM expanded its partnership with Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, one of the Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Companies, which granted IPM exclusive worldwide rights to dapivirine. Janssen committed to a multi-year secondment of a staff member whose commercial marketing expertise will help guide IPM’s market introduction activities for the dapivirine ring.
“Innovation can help rewrite the script for girls
and young women affected by HIV.”
– Jaak Peeters, global head, Global Public Health, Johnson & Johnson
3P Innovation Ltd.