Would it be possible to get Dr Niman's comment on the following short article about him? I just want to make sure it is accurate.Meet the man in the middle, Dr Henry Niman
The anti vaccine crowd likes to attack Dr Niman, ignoring the fact that his research would lead to fewer vaccines / more accurate ones and try to tie him to the pharma companies.
Niman is a researcher who has developed techniques and discoveries that are used by pharma companies. Blaming him for their missteps is like blaming the man who patented power steering when Ford makes SUVs that catch on fire spontaneously.
From his own "founder" page
on his company website:
In 1982, he developed the flu monoclonal antibody, which is widely used throughout the pharmaceutical, biotech, and research industries in epitope tagging techniques. He also produced a broad panel of monoclonal antibodies against synthetic peptides of oncogenes and growth factors. These monoclonal antibodies were distributed worldwide to researchers by the National Cancer Institute. The antibodies identified novel related proteins which correlated with clinical parameters.
This technology was used to form ProgenX, a cancer diagnostic company that became Ligand Pharmaceuticals. Dr Niman subsequently identified protein expression patterns at the University of Pittsburgh. More recently, he became interested in infectious diseases while at Harvard Medical School. He then founded Recombinomics and discovered how viruses rapidly evolve. These latest findings are the subject of recent patent filings.
He's basically spent the last few years predicting the evolution of flu viruses and which ones would create epidemics / pandemics and appearing on every Internet radio show in the process no matter what subject they specialize in. He's doing this to spread the word and record proof that his novel theory on viral evolution is correct and allows him to make these predictions with amazing accuracy.
He's controversial to the mainstream medical industry which is unfortunate. They would have been able to create vaccines which would have worked perfectly for a number of years and possibly even prevented the current H1N1 pandemic if they had listened to him.
He's been attacked by some in the mainstream medical industry and been attacked by the anti-vaccine groups with vicious rumors and lies for his alleged "pro-vaccine agenda". He seems to be caught in between some in an industry that won't listen to a true innovator and the anti vaccine agenda which claims he is some kind of big pharma insider who profits heavily from vaccines.
For some reason the men and women who develop truly progressive concepts are always attacked and ridiculed in their own time. I believe history will end up on his side and future generations will benefit from his inventions.
I haven't looked into the accusations about his past because they have no bearing on his invention nor his ability to make accurate predictions because of it. I'm not an investor nor am I in a position to be affected financially by him. As a potential host for the viruses he studies the only impact Dr Niman's work might have on me would be more accurate and fewer vaccines.
Unfortunately, we are all in a position to suffer from the pharma industries refusal to use his invention. Maybe they don't want to replace yearly vaccines with a single, five or ten year vaccine or head off pandemics before they begin? It wouldn't be the first time mankind was denied something truly progressive in favor of profits and greed.