Advancing Science 25 Years in the Making to #endHIV

Our Story

In 2008, Dr. Sudhir Paul, a chemical immunologist from the University of Texas at Houston, announced his discovery of a novel way to destroy HIV.

That same year, Zachary Barnett, Founder and Executive Director of Abzyme Research Foundation (ARF), was diagnosed as HIV positive.

Barnett founded the Abzyme Research Foundation as a non-profit organization in 2011 to advance the creation of an effective and low cost therapeutic HIV vaccine and potential cure for AIDS.

In 2014, the Abzyme Research Foundation successfully completed a Pre-Investigational New Drup (IND) filling and meeting with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the guidance of Dr. Ellen Cooper. The pre-IND meeting was successful and the FDA made suggestions that can readily be implemented once funding is secured.

Our immediate goal is to raise the funds needed to commercially manufacture the vaccine to FDA standards and to gain FDA approval for a human clinical trial. To assist in meeting our fundraising targets, we have partnered with celebrity ambassadors, including Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Sia, actress Zoe Saldana, Greater Than AIDS, YouTube, and Broadway Cares, among others.

ARF’s #endHIV Campaign continues to use the arts to raise awareness around why a vaccine is so essential, and how our work is so valuable to the public.

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1998
Abzymes are accidentally discovered in lupus patients. The discovery shows promise in destroying HIV.
1990-2010
Two decades of lab tests continue to show very promising results.
2017
Key campaign partners join the cause, helping to raise critical funds, and initiate the FDA approval process for human trials.
Summer 2017
Last remaining tests will be reviewed by FDA before granting permission for human trials.
2018
Begin human trials for our ground-breaking HIV E-Vaccine.

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