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The Future of Vaccines

Estimated at about $6 billion annually, the current worldwide market for vaccines centres around a list of old enemies such as tuberculosis, typhoid, cholera, tetanus, diphtheria, rabies, smallpox, yellow fever and polio. Newer vaccines have been created for chickenpox, Hepatitis B and A, influenza and pneumonia. Today, with the power of genomics, proteomics and systems biology at our fingertips, we've entered into what many believe will be a golden age for prophylactic approaches. Enter the era of 'super vaccines' -vaccines that will mitigate everything from herpes, to cancers and even AIDS. Some of them will be tailor-made to fit the individual's genetic profile.

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By G Steven Burrill, CEO of Burrill & Company

G Steven Burrill is CEO of Burrill & Company, a San Francisco-based life sciences merchant bank. Mr Burrill currently serves on eight Boards of Directors including DepoMed (Amex: DMI) and Third Wave Technologies (NASDAQ: TWTI), and is Chairman of the Boards of Pyxis Genomics and Paradigm Genetics (NASDAQ: PDGM).

Prior to founding Burrill & Company in 1994, he spent 28 years with Ernst & Young directing and co-ordinating the firm's services to clients in the biotechnology, life sciences, high technology and manufacturing industries worldwide.

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