What does the following list mean to you?
- Bill Gates
- Stanley Plotkin
- Rino Rappouli
- Melinda Gates
- Seth Berkley
- Paul Offit
- Suresh Jadhav
- Ted Bianco
- Ciro de Quadro
- Gordon Dougan
Followers of the blog and LinkedIn group Vaccine Nation chose the ten as the most influential people in the vaccine world. Vaccine Nation is run by Terrapinn, a media company that sponsors conferences on, among other things, vaccines and orphan drugs. The full list of vaccine influencers is 50 names long, and includes individuals in academia and research institutes, industry, NGOs and nonprofits, and government.
Two History of Vaccines advisors are on the list – Drs. Plotkin and Paul Offit. Both are also Fellows here at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. We’re honored to be affiliated with two people who are so highly regarded by their peers.
Several veterans of the WHO’s Smallpox Eradication Programme are on the list–Ciro de Quadros, now of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, and William Foege, who advises to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At #7 on the list, Suresh Jadhav is Executive Director of the Serum Institute of India, which is one of the largest vaccine manufacturers in developing countries and is developing low-cost rotavirus and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines for GAVI-funded programs.
Craig Venter, know for his genomic research is #19 on the list; he is working on technology to enable 3D biological printing of vaccines (just build, attach, and email the blueprint to someone who has such a printer) and also on synthetically constructed seed viruses that can be used to jump start seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccine production.
Only two of the fifty are women: Melinda Gates and Julie Gerberding, former head of the CDC and current head of Merck Vaccines.
To see all 50 names in this Who’s Who list of vaccine influencers, see this pdf.