We're developing a free vaccine to end HIV and AIDS.
We are proud to be partners with Until There's A Cure, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
HIV controllers are miraculous - they are people who are born with a natural immunity to HIV. Like some of the best comic book heroes, controllers have a biological super power that is incredibly rare. Only 1 out of every 300 people who are living with HIV today has this incredible power.
What is Immunity Project?
Immunity Project is a non-profit initiative dedicated to developing an HIV vaccine. We hacked the HIV life cycle to develop a vaccine that gives you the same power as HIV controllers. With success in our clinical trials, our goal is to give our vaccine away to the world for free.
How It Works
Controllers' immune systems target HIV precisely where it’s weakest.
We use machine learning technology to identify controllers preferred targets on the HIV virus.
We then use biodegradable microspheres to transport the targets.
The microspheres are designed to be delivered in a room temperature inert, powder form via nasal inhaler.
And delivered to the world for free.
Our Vaccine candidate is being designed to be:
Unlike many other HIV vaccine prototypes, our vaccine does not contain killed viruses, live viruses, or genetically-modified viruses.
Our vaccine is designed to not require refrigeration and to be delivered via nasal inhaler. These features solve key distribution challenges in countries with the highest HIV infection rates around the world.
We’ve reverse engineered the unique targeting capability of HIV controllers, identified their preferred targets on the HIV virus, and developed a unique way to deliver these targets to the human body. The goal of our vaccine design is to make everyone an HIV controller.
Our next step is to do experiments with human blood to confirm that our vaccine delivery mechanism produces a strong immune response. We are raising $460k to fund this work. Assuming the results are positive, we will start pre-IND meetings with the FDA for a Phase I Clinical trial. All contributions made in excess of our campaign goal will be used to fund the Phase I Clinical trial.
2010 Achilles heel biological markers identified on a HLA restricted basis for HIV
2011 $1 million raised for platform development and animal studies from Microsoft Research
2013 Animal studies successfully conducted with positive results
2013 Partnership formed with Until There's A Cure, a leading non-profit organization focused on HIV and AIDS, based in SF and the Bay Area.
Where We Are Now
We’re raising $25 million to begin Phase l FDA human trials.
Support Us Through Our Partners
We are launching a year long Hackathon w/ Geekli.st centered around building teams, adding ideas, uniting developers worldwide and building momentum.Join Hackathon
PopLifeArts Spring Fling event March 8th in LA will donate a portion of all proceeds to Immunity Project.RSVP Here
Partnered w/ Stageit and Dyn to launch Immunity Fest; an online, digital festival on March 11th for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. All proceeds will go to Immunity Project.Buy Tickets
Our partners strongly believe in our mission and are committed to helping us bring this vaccine to the world. If you believe in the Immunity Project and would like to partner with us, please contact us.
Teespring will donate all proceeds from sales of exclusive Immunity Project T-Shirt.Buy Now
Start-Up Social Mixer SF - February 13th
Start-Up Socials will donate 50% of all proceeds from VIP passes to their event on Feb 14th.Buy VIP Pass
A Thinking Ape
Beginning Saturday February 1st, 12:00am GMT to Monday February 3rd, 12:00am GMT all proceeds from "Health Crystals" in the game Kingdoms At War and "Doctor's Notes" in Party In My Dorm will be donated to the Immunity Project!See Products
Gyft donated 100% of proceeds from all gift cards purchased to Immunity Project in Dec 2013.Buy Gift Cards
Patreon.com donated 100% of their proceeds to Immunity Project.Visit Patreon
- Fast CompanyIf the Immunity Project crowdfunds this synthetic AIDS vaccine, they'll offer it free to everyone
- The Wall Street JournalWith Y Combinator Support, HIV Vaccine Maker Immunity Project Looks For Crowdfunding
- Venture BeatStartup developing free HIV/AIDS vaccine accepted into Y Combinator
- The VergeThe Immunity Project hopes to build a better HIV vaccine through crowdfunding and machine learning
- Next WebY Combinator backs its second non-profit, Immunity Project, aimed at developing an HIV vaccine
- San Francisco Business TimesHIV vaccine project turns to crowdfunding on way to clinical trials
- LA WeeklyTapping Rare Human Superpowers to Make HIV Vaccine
- PozSalim Abdool Karim op-ed in POZ on Gyft + Immunity Project partnership
- TechliNaveen Jain discusses Immunity Project with Techli
- AIDSMedsAIDSMeds posts on the Gyft/Immunity Project partnership
Tuesdsay, Mar 11, 2014
Immunity Fest sponsored by Dyn and hosted by StageitSee lineup and buy tickets
Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)
Hacking HIV:RSVP here
Intro to Immunity Project co-hosted by One Medical Group
Thursday, Dec 05, 2013
An Immunity Project tech talk
Wednesday, Sep 26, 2013
Idea Couture Health / Sparkart eventSee photos from the event
Don't miss amazing bands perform at the first ever #ImmunityFest Mar 11. For the full lineup & tickets visit http://t.co/lUFwltnC5B #hackHIV
Live in or near LA? Join us TOMORROW at the @PopLifeArts Spring Fling benefiting #ImmunityProject https://t.co/5PrPI9T7Jn #hackHIV
Tour the lab! Watch Now. http://t.co/cxRADc3pd3 #ImmunityProject #HackHIV
Meet the Team
Dr. Reid RubsamenChief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Dr. Charles HerstChief Science Officer
Dr. Tikoes BlankenbergLaboratory Medicine Advisor
Naveen JainChief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder
Howie DiamondDirector of Marketing and Strategy
Ian CinnamonDirector of Strategy
Shawn JainCommunications Consultant
Johann Schleier Smith
Dr. Molly Maloof
Dr. Igor Gonda