Who are we?

The PERISCOPE (PERtussIS COrrelates of Protection Europe) consortium brings together internationally renowned scientists with many years of experience in Bordetella pertussis (Bp) research, clinical trials, bioinformatics, immunology and public health. PERISCOPE combines two major industrial partners with public researchers from academic and public health institutes and SMEs with expertise in clinical trials, vaccinology, immunology, molecular microbiology, (human) challenge models and bioinformatics.

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Why are we doing this?

Globally, there are 16 million pertussis cases and about 195,000 pertussis deaths in children per year (estimates by CDC), making it one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable deaths. The WHO has recommended more extensive vaccination in low income countries and in particular the implementation of maternal immunization programs to protect infants who are most vulnerable to pertussis.

16 million

pertussis cases globally


pertussis deaths in children per year

Who is funding us?

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry, represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). Through the IMI 2 programme, IMI has a budget of € 3.3 billion for the period 2014-2024. Half of this comes from the EU’s research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. The other half comes from large companies, mostly from the pharmaceutical sector; these do not receive any EU funding, but contribute to the projects ‘in kind’, for example by donating their researchers’ time or providing access to research facilities or resources.

Within PERISCOPE, the European Union and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) invest € 21mio and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation an additional € 7mio, giving a total of € 28mio over the next five years.

28 million

with support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Given the resurgence and changing epidemiology of pertussis in industrialized countries and the high infant mortality caused by pertussis in low income countries, PERISCOPE represents a concerted effort aiming to accelerate the development of improved vaccination strategies that ensure solid, long-lasting protection against infection.

    Prof. Ronald de Groot
    PERISCOPE coordinator

    PERISCOPE represents a coherent effort of the Innovative Medicines Initiative, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the European Pharmaceutical Industry (EFPIA) to address current knowledge and technological gaps in Pertussis research. This effort brings together scientists and experts from 20 prominent European academic and public institutions, as well as specialists from Sanofi Pasteur and GSK Biologicals, two of the world’s leading vaccine developers and manufacturers, to bolster multidisciplinary research and ultimately accelerate the translation of scientific breakthroughs into innovative vaccines for Pertussis disease.

    Dr Patricia Londoño-Hayes
    EFPIA coordinator

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