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Burnet hosts FIND delegation

Angus Morgan

18 November, 2014

(L-R) Dr Catharina Boehme, Dr Iveth Gonzalez, Professor Brendan Crabb, Mr Michael O'Connor

Burnet Institute played to host an executive delegation from the Geneva-based Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) on Tuesday.

Burnet Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb entertained the CEO of FIND, Dr Catharina Boehme, Head of Malaria and Acute Febrile Syndrome Program, Dr Iveth Gonzalez, and Head of External Relations, Mr Michael O’Connor.

Burnet Deputy Director, Associate Professor David Anderson, said the visit was the ideal opportunity to exchange ideas and explore matters of common interest.

“We have a mutual recognition of the importance of diagnostics in global health and the huge unmet needs,” said Associate Professor Anderson.

“While some of what we do is very similar, we may have different strategies for addressing those needs, but a lot of it is complementary.

“We focus more on the innovative test development side while they are more involved in procuring technologies from developers and helping them through to market.

“One of their principal things is supporting novel tests for global health and we have certainly benefited from that.”

The FIND delegation is in Australia for talks with a range of partners including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Founded in 2003, FIND coordinates research and development projects in collaboration with the international research community.

FIND has programs in tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis C, acute febrile syndrome, acute febrile respiratory infections, and tropical diseases.

Other areas of interest include reproductive and child health, HIV and sexually transmitted infections.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Associate Professor David Anderson

Deputy Director (Partnerships), Burnet Institute; Co-Head, Global Health Diagnostics Development

Telephone

+61392822239

Email

david.anderson@burnet.edu.au

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