Afya: a Swahili word meaning "Health"

Afya World Medicines was founded in 2007 by chemists Edward A. Kesicki, Joshua O. Odingo, and Kerry W. Fowler as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Washington.  In January 2008 Afya merged into the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) in Seattle, WA.  

Please refer to the IDRI web site:  www.idri.org

Additional information can be found in the following links to related press coverage:

Seattle Times  -- June 17, 2007. Ex-Icos workers go from ED to TB. Click Here

Seattle Times  -- July 23, 2007.  After Icos' acquisition, no time to mourn. (Includes photo)  Click Here

Seattle Times  -- June 14, 2007.   Seattle Research facility will target tuberculosisClick Here

Seattle Times  -- October 7, 2008.   Drug firms open vaults in search for TB treatmentClick Here


Image at top of page: PDB structure 2DFT.  From: Dias, M.V., Faim, L.M., Vasconcelos, I.B., de Oliveira, J.S., Basso, L.A., Santos, D.S., de Azevedo, W.F. Effects of the magnesium and chloride ions and shikimate on the structure of shikimate kinase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis ACTA CRYSTALLOGR.,SECT.F v63 pp.1-6 , 2007.  Depiction generated by PyMol:  DeLano, W.L. The PyMOL Molecular Graphics System (2002) on World Wide Web http://www.pymol.org