The following was posted here http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/messageforum/showthread.php?t=14179&page=11.
Karen P. (my point of contact) at U of Fl phoned me this morning to give me some information and status on David Bloom's HSV research.
The ribozymes created for HSV1 is ready for clinical trials. When research is at this stage, it is waiting for someone to purchase rights to use it for clinicals. Unless venture capitalists or big pharma purchases the rights, it can sit for years.
The ribozyme study for HSV2 is in pre-clinical study. David Bloom needs funding for this study. There is currently no funding for it. To complete the study it will take $200,000. The good news is that once they complete the study and it is ready for clinical trials, venture capitalists are waiting to purchase the rights to take it to clinical. The venture capitalists are more interested in purchasing the rights for this study because they feel it is more marketable and there will be more interest from the public.
David Bloom is developing a website that will link to his homepage. The website will contain information about both the HSV1 Ribozyme study and HSV2 Ribozyme study. The website will contain a link to allow the people to contribute to the research. He will provide updates on the project and the amount of money raised.
However, we still need to do our part of raising the minimum requirement of $2000 to kickstart the fund. Once the minimum amount is raised, then Karen P. will create the fund that David Bloom can access and use for the research. But David cannot yet receive contributions on his website until we raise the minimum requirement to establish the research fund that is particular for his research.
Karen P. also shared that we are not the only ones who are interested in David Bloom's research. This is most exciting. She was pleased that we have started to raise the funds. I told her we should have the minimum raised by February.
P.S. (a side note) The contribution and contribution letter will be submitted to Karen P.
>I work with various foundations that are willing to fund any
>research for the development of a vaccine or cure for
>Herpes. If you know of anyone who is looking for funding
>please let me know. I will then explain how the process