Seattle, WA | August 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEATTLE, Aug. 25, 2014: IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) has been named as the recipient of the inaugural Outstanding Global Health Organization award, presented by the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA). The award, which will be presented at the WGHA Pioneers of Global Health Award dinner Oct. 9, recognizes a Washington state-based organization making an exceptional impact in improving global health equity. IDRI is being honored for “its innovative approach to scientific solutions and its leadership’s commitment to partnership and training young scientists.”

“When IDRI was founded more than 20 years ago, our goal was to identify a global health need, conduct research to find new solutions, and, ultimately, develop a product that can be used to solve that need,” said Steven G. Reed, Ph.D., Founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer for IDRI. “It is truly an honor for IDRI to be recognized for our efforts to bring infectious disease products to market, as the recipient of the WGHA 2014 Pioneers of Global Health organizational award. We are fortunate to work in a truly collaborative environment fostered by WGHA, which brings together the best global health partners here in Seattle and across Washington state.”

In addition to the Outstanding Global Health Organization Award, WGHA is also presenting two individual awards: an Award for Impact to Ken Stuart, Ph.D., of Seattle BioMed, and a Rising Leader award to Tala de los Santos of PATH. Winners were selected by a panel of global health leaders from local organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Washington.

“Washington is home to hundreds of global health organizations and thousands of dedicated staff who work for health equity globally,” said Lisa Cohen, Executive Director of WGHA. “Our unique vantage point at WGHA allows us to see the people who’ve sacrificed higher paying jobs and public recognition to serve the world’s most vulnerable populations. It is our honor to recognize just a few of the many who display consistent excellence in a field dedicated to serving others.”

About IDRI

As a non-profit global health organization, IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) takes a comprehensive approach to combat infectious diseases, combining the high-quality science of a research organization with the product development capabilities of a biotech company to create new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines. IDRI combines passion for improving human health with the understanding that it is not just what our scientists know about disease, but what we do to change its course that will have the greatest impact. Founded in 1993, IDRI has 125 employees headquartered in Seattle with nearly 100 partners/collaborators around the world. For more information, visit www.idri.org.

 

Contacts:

IDRI: Lee Schoentrup | 206.858.6064 | lee.schoentrup@idri.org