How to make a free HIV vaccine
Immunity Project is developing a free HIV vaccine. Its a non profit initiative of a for profit company (I suppose the in vogue term is "social enterprise"). Its maniacally focused on ending AIDS. Its motivated by speed: it used crowdfunding (http://pledge.immunityproject.org) to raise money for research in less then 3 weeks. Its backed by Y Combinator. Nature hates it. The team behind it is accomplished, but not well known in the HIV vaccine space. I will present our approach, our communication strategy, and high level results. And then lets discuss.