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Ali Mirazimi will coordinate an international coronavirus project

Ali Mirazimi

Ali Mirazimi, researcher at Karolinska Institutet and Sweden’s National Veterinary Institute (SVA), coordinates one of eight projects provisionally selected among 144 applicants in the EU-financed Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).

A total of 6.4 million euros (68 million kronor) is allocated to Mirazimi’s research project for a period of four years. The project, titled Modern approaches for developing antivirals, involves nine participating organizations and companies in six countries, including two based in Sweden. The aim is to develop new medicines to fight SARS-CoV-2.

“A big success for our coronavirus research”

The researchers will use advanced three-dimensional mini organs and stem cells in their research, and the project will be run from both SVA and Karolinska Institutet.


“I’m proud and happy that IMI has chosen to finance our project,” says Ali Mirazimi, adjunct professor in clinical virology at the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Karolinska Institutet. “This is a big success for our coronavirus research. We can now increase the pace of our efforts in developing antiviral drugs against SARS-CoV-2.”

IMI is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry, represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). In total, the eight projects are expected to receive 117 million euros.

Photo of Ali Mirazimi: Bildmakarna