RAN BIOLINKS Collaborates with European Plotkin Institute for Vaccinology and The Human Immunome Project on an African-Initiated COVID-19 Vaccine Study in People Living with HIV

Thursday, February 01, 2024

RAN BIOLINKS is pleased to announce its collaboration with Arnaud Marchant's team at the European Plotkin Institute for Vaccinology at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium and the Human Immunome Project (HIP), focusing on an African-initiated COVID-19 trial. This study marks a crucial step forward in understanding vaccine responses, particularly in people living with HIV within the African context.

RAN BIOLINKS is proud to provide scientific support in collaboration with the team at the Université libre de Bruxelles during the analysis phase of this study. Continuing its commitment to contributing to healthcare evolution through innovative data management solutions, RAN BIOLINKS remains at the forefront of supporting cutting-edge research initiatives.


ABOUT RANBIOLINKS: RAN BioLinks is a research accelerator company focused on assisting academia and industry increase research productivity. The RAN BioLinks team collaborates globally, empowering researchers and accelerating their research outcomes. With over 20 years of experience, RAN BioLinks provides research frameworks that combine operational systems, research implementation consulting, advanced analytics, biobanking platforms for clinical trials, data management services, automation tools, and expert support, enabling researchers to expedite their work.

ABOUT THE HUMAN IMMUNOME PROJECT: The Human Immunome Project (HIP) generates diverse immunological datasets at scale and builds publicly available AI models of the immune system to accelerate medical research and drug discovery, improve health, and decrease healthcare costs worldwide. HIP operates globally and is a registered nonprofit organization.

ABOUT THE EUROPEAN PLOTKIN INSTITUTE FOR VACCINOLOGY AT UNIVERSITÉ LIBRE DE BRUXELLES: The European Plotkin Institute for Vaccinology (EPIV) is a joint initiative of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the University of Antwerp and is part of the pandemic preparedness plan of the Belgium Federal Government. The EPIV at ULB provides immunological and microbiological support for vaccine studies.



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"More than a Thousand households enrolled in record time and followed up throughout the study with home visits (in the midst of lockdowns) is what I would call LARGE SCALE!"

I know that most studies (even before the COVID, but especially during the pandemic) took years between starting and locking down data (and that is not taking into account the actual study duration). The operational infrastructure that you enabled for ConCorD19 was the first time that all of us PIs were part of a study that was implemented within weeks of design and data locked down within a few weeks of study end. This is unprecedented in my experience

- Prof. Tobias Kollmann
​Professor of System Vaccinology

"The day to day logistics of every aspect of the trial were managed, including procurement of the necessary biospecimen collection kits and transportation supplies"

Our COVID-19 clinical trial required coordination of field teams, timed biospecimen collection and the processing, storage and transportation of clinical samples (across international borders). The management of data that accrued in the trial database in real time ensured that the protocol was adhered to and provided the principle investigators tools to follow participant registration and biospecimen collection. In every regard, the operational needs of the trial were facilitated by RAN BioLinks. The day to day logistics of every aspect of the trial were managed, including procurement of the necessary biospecimen collection kits and transportation supplies, securing regulatory approvals for biospecimen transfers and coordinating border and customs requirements to expedite transfers. I look forward to working with RAN BioLinks in the future.

- Prof. Eleanore Fish
Professor & Associate Chair
Dept. Immunology, University of Toronto

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