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Bulgari & Oxford University building a virus-free future

Bvlgari is proud to embark on a new relationship with Oxford University to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine development and nurture the world’s brightest scientific talent working to prevent future pandemics.

“Over the past few months, we have witnessed the shocking and detrimental effects of COVID-19 on every aspect of our society throughout the world. We can never let this happen again. Bvlgari vows not only to contribute to the fight against COVID-19, but also to work with the global leaders in Medical Sciences at Oxford University, to nurture the most talented minds of tomorrow. I am honoured and proud to have the opportunity to support Oxford in this common goal of eradicating viruses and stopping future pandemics in their tracks.”
Jean-Christophe Babin, President and CEO of Bvlgari

Healthcare professional analyzing test tubes. In the image the writing: Photo credit: Sean Elias, University of Oxford

The partnership with University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute consists of a two-fold donation, comprising an immediate financial contribution to be invested in the scientists at the heart of vaccine research, and the creation of the Bvlgari Scholarship to fund PhD studies in epidemiology. Emergency vaccine development in particular is a key pillar of Oxford’s reputation, thanks to a combination of scientific expertise and agile response and technical capabilities usually only found in pharmaceutical companies. Yet the University’s programme to rapidly develop a vaccine against COVID-19 – making Oxford’s vaccine trial one of the most advanced in the world – brings with it the need for equally ambitious and boundary-pushing scientific equipment.

“We are deeply grateful to Bvlgari for their generous gift and look forward to working together over the coming years. Donations like this allow us to accelerate critical vaccine development research, which will aid Oxford’s response both to this crisis and to future pandemics.”
Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford

Bvlgari’s gift of graduate scholarships will enable Oxford to continue to attract the brightest minds, regardless of nationality and financial background – the next generation of top talent to power Oxford’s world-leading position in vaccine research, during COVID-19 and beyond.

“For us to continue to make world-leading advances against infectious diseases we need more excellent young scientists to join the field of vaccinology, and access to the most up to date equipment for our laboratories. This generous gift from Bulgari addresses both of these needs, and will continue to have an impact for many years to come”
Professor Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford

This donation is the next step in Bulgari’s pledge to build a virus-free future. This began in February 2020 with a donation to the Spallanzani Hospital in Rome for the purchase of a new state-of-the-art 3D high-definition microscope to allow better understanding of virus dynamics and promote vaccine development. Bulgari subsequently converted its fragrance production to the sole manufacture of medical-grade hand sanitiser, which was donated to support frontline medical staff throughout Italy, Switzerland and the UK.

Bvlgari would like to invite you to donate directly to the University and its pioneering research in epidemiology.