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Bristol-Myers Squibb partners children’s hospital to launch new immune systems centre

3rd December 2007

Bristol-Myers Squibb has announced a partnership with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to mark the opening of a new clinical centre for immune system disorders and infectious diseases in children, including HIV and Aids.

Dubbed the Bristol-Myers Squibb Paediatric Infectious Disease and Immunology Centre, the site has been funded in part by a donation of $5 million (2.42 million pounds) from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.

The company reports that the establishment of this centre is part of its philanthropic efforts to tackle the HIV and Aids pandemic through financial aid as well as its drugs, with its $150 million Secure the Future reportedly the largest corporate commitment to this issue in history.

Jill DeSimone, senior vice-president of the company’s virology division in the US, said: “We are committed as a company in the battle against HIV and Aids here in our community and throughout the world and we stand united with others who are working to improve the lives of children and all people afflicted with this debilitating disease.”

She added that she believes it is possible to prevail over the disease with cooperation.

Last week, Bristol-Myers Squibb announced a partnership with the National Aids Fund to launch the fourth Light to Unite campaign to mark World Aids Day.

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