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 5-year grant will support Ph.D. students in Graz with research initially aimed at achieving cost effective access to a critical HIV/AIDS drug. 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).