By Susheela Narayanan
On Feb. 22, members of the Del Mar - Solana Beach Rotary Club heard about new research being conducted in San Diego to cure malaria with a single pill. Describing this effort was Dr. Marco Biamonte, president of
Drug Discovery for Tropical Disease, a nonprofit start-up located in the Torrey Pines area of San Diego.
Dr. Biamonte and his team of experienced and talented scientists are
seeking to cure malaria with a single-dose pill while circumventing the
drug-resistant problems that have emerged with the current medications.
Such a pill would be more effective and more widely available than the current multi-pill and injectable regimens because of lower cost, greater patient acceptance, and longevity of the compound’s effectiveness.
[Note: Such an effort could lead to success similar to the near eradication of polio supported by Rotary worldwide, with a 99 percent reduction in cases since 1985.]
Malaria is a blood-borne disease carried by mosquitoes. It causes high fevers, death, and sometimes epileptic seizures in those fortunate enough to survive cerebral malaria. Malaria is particularly onerous and wide-spread for children under the age of 5 in Africa, South America, and Asia.
Dr. Biamonte has had an illustrious career that includes five years with Biogen Idec and scientific research with Conforma Therapeutics and Serono Pharmaceuticals. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and carried out his post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich. Dr. Biamonte grew up outside of Geneva and is an excellent speaker for a particularly heart-warming and worthy cause.
At the end of the program, Rotary President Richard Fogg presented a certificate to Dr. Biamonte in appreciation of his presentation and acknowledged that a desk would be donated to a school in Malawi in recognition of his presentation to our Club.
For more information about Drug Discovery for Tropical Diseases
and its research, Dr. Biamonte can be reached at (858) 999-2360 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, see
The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club is a service club of 36 business, professional, and volunteer leaders who belong to the 1.2 million-member Rotary International.
The Club’s meetings are held at the Marriott Del Mar Hotel in Carmel Valley every Friday morning, from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. For more information about the Club, please contact Paul Butler at (619) 559-3213 or go to
–Photo/ S. Narayanan