Amount Further Needed to be Raised in 2020
The 2020 Goal for the "Campaign for Cures" is to Support Research for Developing a Vaccine for COVID-19
In 2019, the Institute launched the "Campaign for Cures" to develop ethical human cell lines that can be used in the bio-manufacturing of vaccines, protein therapeutics, gene therapy and cell therapy. The Institute developed methods to immortalize two human adult stem cells. For 2020, the "Campaign for Cures" will apply this technology to develop a vaccine for Coronavirus. JP2MRI needs to raise $325,000 by December 31, 2020 as part of this ongoing initiative. The Institute is uniquely positioned to accomplish this task. The recent Coronavirus infection has no available treatment or vaccine. While there are experimental treatments, there is no guarantee that these treatments will achieve success. The death rate of COVID-19 is 3 times greater than influenza. Unlike influenza, there is no natural immunity against Coronavirus. A key requirement for producing an effective vaccine is to produce a recombinant (synthetic) viral protein that can serve as a vaccine. A major challenge of producing a potent vaccine requires that the cell line provide the most native glycosylation system in which sugar molecules are added to proteins produced by cells. Unfortunately, the current cell lines used in bio-manufacturing lack a native human glycosylation system. Moreover, current aborted fetal cells created decades ago, also lack a native human glycosylation system. Thus, for the 2020 campaign, the Institute proposes to conduct research to produce a viral protein from Coronavirus, which can serve as a vaccine. We believe that our cell lines present the advantage of providing the most native glycosylation system for producing a vaccine. Thus, this technology could potentially not just be ethical but also offer scientific advantages. The Institute has the technical resources and expertise to offer a solution, but it needs financial support from individuals and organizations. Please join this important campaign by making a meaningful, tax-deductible contribution and earmark your donation towards our "Campaign for Cures" program.
The Institute needs physicians to volunteer to identify and recruit patients to participate in obtaining tissue samples from patients to create induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells.
The John Paul II Medical Research Institute (JP2MRI) focuses on the most ethical and cost-effective way of conducting medical research to help develop therapies and cures for a variety of diseases. Most diseases share a common technical requirement to create therapies. The Institute’s research focuses on these common technical requirements by recruiting patients to procure tissue to develop stem cells and cancer cells for medical research.
The Institute differentiates itself from other research organizations in the following manner:
1. We do NOT support embryonic stem cell research. We support research that is pro-life driven.
2. We devote more than half of our budget towards medical research, which is far greater than most established foundations.
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