Medicines for All Institute
In August of 2017 The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Engineering (Richmond, VA, USA) has been awarded a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish the Medicines for All Institute to fund work on a wide range of essential global health treatments. With this grant, the institute will support access to lifesaving medications for HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases around the world.
The Kappe Laboratory is an academic partner in this endeavor. The grant will support a PhD student position in Graz for 5 years with research focusing on achieving cost effective access to a number of essential medicines. Key to the project will be using continuous flow technology, in particular the concept of utilizing chemistry that is too difficult or dangerous to perform in conventional batch-type reactors (forbidden chemistries).