BRADENTON, Fla. — Dr. Rafick-Pierre Sekaly and other scientists at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute of Florida are looking for "nothing short of cures" when it comes to diseases such as HIV, swine flu, and the West Nile virus, says the institute's chief operating officer, Mark Williams.

Sekaly, a prominent scientist who has made recent discoveries about HIV, participated in a call to prospective investors explaining VGTI's goals and why the new division of Oregon Health and Science University is selling $69 million of tax-exempt bonds to finance a 99,000-square-foot research facility on Florida's east coast.

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