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1 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.1 Drug Information Association 2003 Annual Meeting Counter-Terrorism Session San Antonio, Texas June 17, 2003 Too Many Germs, Too Few Monkeys The Need for Artificial Organisms for Testing and Validating Pharmaceuticals Michael J. Hopmeier Chief, Innovative and Unconventional Concepts Unconventional Concepts, Inc. 425 E. Hollywood Blvd, Suite A Mary Esther, FL (850) , Fax (850)

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3 3 “Anthrax Letters”

4 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.4 Mediastinal Lymph Node: Microcolonies ofB. anthracis (Giemsa stain) (www.phil.CDC.gov) “Anthrax Letters”

5 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.5 Varying Presentations of Cutaneous Anthrax Lesions in New York City

6 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.6 Tularemia

7 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.7 Staphylococcal Ecthyma in HIV

8 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.8 Accidental Vaccinia

9 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.9 Bubonic Plague

10 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.10 Plague History 200,000,000 deaths Major Pandemics - Plague of Justinian - “Black Death” - Modern Pandemic

11 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.11 Plague Epidemiology Vector (flea)  Bacteria block gut  Feeding frenzy Host (mammal)  Rattus rattus (antiquity)  Squirrels, cats, coyotes, bobcats

12 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.12 “The patient presents an image that fully justifies the horror and fright that is associated with smallpox in the public’s mind.” —William Osler Smallpox

13 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.13 Crisis Center The lobby of Block E of Amoy Gardens was turned into a field headquarters for Hong Kong police and health officials after a SARS outbreak in the housing development. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Time Magazine, April 7, 2003

14 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.14 Coronavirus from SARS isolated in FRhK-4 cells. Thin section electron micrograph and negative stained virus particles SARS Virus Source: Department of Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong and the Government Virus Unit, Department of Health, Hong Kong SAR China

15 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.15 African Green Monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) AKA vervet

16 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.16 Olive Baboon (Papio anubis)

17 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.17 Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta)

18 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.18 Cynomolgus Macaque (Macaca fascicularis), AKA crab-eating or long-tailed macaque

19 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.19 Squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus)

20 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.20 Common Marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) Cotton-Top Tamarin (Saguinas oedipus)

21 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.21 Northern Owl Monkey (Aotus trivirgatus)

22 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.22 World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki June 1964  The Declaration of Geneva of the World Medical Assembly binds the physician with the words, “The health of my patient will be my first consideration.”  “The purpose of biomedical research involving human subjects must be to improve diagnostic, therapeutic and prophylactic procedures and the understanding of the aetiology and pathogenesis of disease.”  Special caution must be exercised in the conduct of research which may affect the environment, and the welfare of animals used for research must be respected.  Biomedical research involving human subjects must conform to generally accepted scientific principles and should be based on adequately performed laboratory and animal experimentation and on a thorough knowledge of the scientific literature.

23 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.23 Animal Testing— Nuremberg Trials  “2. The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society, unprocurable by other methods or means of study, and not random and unnecessary in nature.  “3. The experiment should be so designed and based on the results of animal experimentation and a knowledge of the natural history of the disease or other problem under study that the anticipated results will justify the performance of the experiment.” THE NUREMBERG CODE [from Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals under Control Council Law No. 10. Nuremberg, October 1946–April Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O, 1949–1953.]

24 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.24 What—Exactly—Is the Problem? Shortage of acceptable animal models for testing of biological countermeasures –Availability at all –Immunologically naïve –Cost effective –Efficacious Lack of facilities –Brick and mortar –Personnel

25 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.25 Why Now? Anthrax and public awareness New incentives –Bioshield –Pharmaceutical stockpiles –Public demand for increased safety and efficacy –Multi-drug resistance –Greater susceptible populations MARKET PRESSURE!

26 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.26 Some Root Causes Rapidly expanding BW research is increasing demand –No-cure diseases mandating animal trials –Lots of federal money Purpose-raised supplies are being tapped out and are insufficient to meet needs Increased regulatory involvement and more rigorous controls China and India have greatly curtailed exports –SARS –Politics

27 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.27 Some Root Causes Aging infrastructure Reduced funding to Primate Center System Continued pressure on available primates for other research FDA requirements on the pharmaceutical industry Increasing pressure from eco-terrorists and animal rights groups reducing participation from organizations Human encroachment reducing environment and population sizes Restrictions on exportation in countries of origin Increasing difficulty in animal transportation –Modes (commercial airlines, ground) –Regulatory issues (IATA) –Politics (Interim Guidelines, CDC; pressure on carriers)

28 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.28 Other Issues Biological sciences becoming more rigorous and demanding more control –Increasing need for “standardized” tests and subjects –More subtle and sensitive techniques increasingly being used –Science is becoming more “sensitive” Biology is moving from “art” to “science” and requires more rigorous “controls” on experiments

29 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.29 What We Need Ability to scale and adapt to changing volume and quantity demands Support ever more rigorous scientific challenges and research Provide efficacious data that can be validated for use in human models Meet the challenges of today and tomorrow

30 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.30 One Possible Path Forward Short Term (1–2 years) –Better and more effective utilization of current resources –Better coordination between public/private organizations Mid Term (3–10 years) –Rebuild “brick and mortar” infrastructure to modern standards and predicted needs –Increase training and education to address shortfalls in skilled personnel –Design and implement special-purpose breeding programs Long Term (10 years and out) –Enhanced tissue constructs

31 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.31 Short Term (1–2 Years) Identify and inventory existing stocks of NHPs Identify and inventory existing facilities –Breeding –Experimentation –Isolation –Transportation –Worldwide

32 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.32 Short Term (1–2 Years) Evaluate current and near-term requirements –Public and private –Based on both national security and economic pressures Prioritize efforts within the U.S. government Coordinate with industry (to the extent possible) Maintain updated information for continuous predictions

33 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.33 Mid-Term (3–10 Years) Design and construct “modern” facilities for breeding, housing and experimenting with NHPs Design and implement large-scale breeding programs to meet predicted needs Set aside colonies to meet demand during periods of national emergency or pandemics Centralize colonies and animal processing facilities, as well as specialized experimentation resources –Built around academic organizations –“Centers of Excellence” –Public/private venture

34 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.34 Mid-Term (3–10 Years) Personnel! –Significant Shortage of skilled technicians –Effects all levels of research Instrumentation design and manufacture Facility design and manufacture Experimental design and implementation Institute aggressive training and recruiting programs

35 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.35 Mid-Term (3–10 Years) Personnel Alarming potential for large vacancy rate in laboratory positions –Over the next 5 years, an estimated availability of 45,000 positions for clinical laboratory professionals (increased demand plus retirement/change of job) –Only 20,000 lab graduates expected across the same time period; potential downfall of 25,000 –The current 12% vacancy rate in these positions compounds the deficit Education and number of science students decreasing despite increasing need –Educational programs for clinical laboratory scientists and technicians dropped from 617 in 1995 to 480 in 2001 –10% decline in science-related bachelor’s degrees –Reduction in the number of foreign science graduates due to U.S. visa restrictions and increasing incentives from their home countries

36 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.36 Long Term (10+ Years) ALTERNATIVES TO ANIMAL MODELS Models and Simulations –Increase sophistication and efficacy –Develop new techniques for measurement and diagnostics –Move from specific mechanisms to tissues to organs to organisms –Develop agreed-on standards for creating and interfacing models (similar to the Human Genome Project) Artificial systems

37 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.37 Long Term (10+ years) Artificial Systems –Artificial Grown Tissues Skin cultures Cloning –Artificial Organs –Artificial “organisms” Not necessarily actual organism, but sufficient for testing Possibly an “artificial immune system”

38 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.38 Long Term (10+ Years) DARPA Engineered Tissue Constructs Program Explores the technologies and science leading to the creation of a 3-D ex vivo human immune system. To be used for testing new vaccine constructs and immunomodulators that provide superior protection against threat agents. Brings together a combination of science and engineering communities

39 Presentation © Unconventional Concepts Inc.39 Summary The world has changed, and so must biomedical research We are going to hit major bottlenecks very soon in research Infrastructure and especially NHP research will become a major impediment soon We must be smarter in our use of our current resources We must find alternatives, not only to do better science, but also from an ethical standpoint


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