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Mining Companies Join BHP to Fund HIV Vaccine Trials

Author: Madelene Pearson, Bloomberg, Published on: 27 November 2006

...Virax Holdings...said seven global mining companies joined a group led by BHP Billiton...to fund the first emerging-country trials of its HIV/AIDS therapeutic vaccine. The trials will take place in South Africa... BHP is leading participants including Gold Fields Ltd., Harmony Gold Mining Co., Lonmin Plc, Mitsubishi Materials Corp. [part of Mitsubishi], Nippon Mining and Metals Co. [part of Nippon Mining], Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. [part of Sumitomo Group] and Rio Tinto Ltd.

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Related companies: BHP Billiton Gold Fields Harmony Gold Lonmin Mitsubishi Group Mitsubishi Materials (part of Mitsubishi Group) Nippon Mining Nippon Mining & Metals (part of Nippon Mining) Rio Tinto Sumitomo Group Sumitomo Metal Mining (part of Sumitomo Group) Virax Holdings