Creative Collaboration
By Clare Kittredge
Teaming up to move science forward.

In 1991, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Wistar Institute teamed up with Merck to develop a rotavirus vaccine to combat the illness that affects thousands of children every year. This partnership of an international pioneer in pediatric medicine, an independent biomedical research institute, and a giant pharmaceutical company produced the oral vaccine RotaTeq. Since its approval in February 2006, about 8 million doses have been distributed worldwide, immunizing an estimated three to five million children.

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