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Medicines to prevent another global crisis


Developed In Partnership With UNC–Chapel Hill and The Structural Genomics Consortium

100 Days Mission

READDI is a core implementation partner in the 100 Days Mission, a three-pronged pandemic preparedness effort launched by the G7 and led by the International Pandemic Preparedness Secretariat.

The Disease X Problem

The identity of the virus that will cause the next potential global catastrophe is a mystery. Developing a vaccine takes months—work that doesn’t start until scientists have a novel virus’ genetic code in hand.


The READDI Solution

READDI’s world-class virologists exploit the Achilles heel of viruses—the fact that all viruses in a given family share common, inherited methods for replication. READDI’s signature approach is to develop drugs that broadly target virus families—broad-spectrum, small molecule therapeutics that stop viral replication. 

In traditional drug development, antivirals are designed to work against a single virus—the “one bug, one drug” approach. READDI’s “one drug, many bugs” solution makes the drugs highly likely to work against all viruses in a given family—even those that do not yet exist. 

READDI is developing shelf-stable pills that can be stockpiled and shipped immediately, without refrigeration, to the point of outbreak and taken with a drink of water. They offer critical first-line defense to slow disease, hospitalization, and death. READDI aims to make them available to everyone who needs them, when they need them, where they need them. 

Innovative public-private solutions

Pandemics are bigger than any single university, company, or government. Without the bold vision and support of Eshelman Innovation, READDI would not exist.

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Jimmy Rosen
READDI CEO and director

Game changer for equity

We see access to broad-spectrum, small molecule antivirals as an absolutely essential component of pandemic preparedness. They’re affordable and have the potential to be a game changer for equity.

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Charlotte Baker
Deputy Head of the London-based International Pandemic Preparedness Secretariat

On the cutting edge

Without a doubt you’re on the cutting edge of scientific discovery here [at READDI].

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Dr. Matthew Hepburn
Chief medical officer for the Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense

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