International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Posted: 16 May 2010

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Allen Grossman

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Cathy Ross

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Date Written: April 1, 2010

Abstract

Dedicated to accelerating the development of a safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccine, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) pioneered ways of addressing the inadequate incentive structures that prevented progress toward vaccines for AIDS and other diseases predominantly affecting poor populations in tropical countries. As an intermediary nonprofit organization, IAVI brought together partners with different perspectives and motivations from nonprofit, industry, government and scientific research sectors toward developing vaccines. IAVI played several roles: honest broker, integrator and communicator of knowledge regarding AIDS vaccine research, passionate advocate for AIDS vaccines at national and international levels, and coordinator and manager of research and development initiatives. In 2008, IAVI invested further in its own laboratories and research infrastructure, moving a step upstream in vaccine development partnerships and clinical research. How should IAVI manage tensions between what is necessary to achieve its mission and what is necessary to build new incentive structures that enable key actors to work together effectively?

Suggested Citation

Grossman, Allen and Ross, Cathy, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (April 1, 2010). HBS Case No. 310-015, Harvard Business School General Management Unit, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1607752

Allen Grossman (Contact Author)

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Cathy Ross

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