Donatien Mavoungou

Donatien Mavoungou (28 August 1947 – 4 February 2020) was a Gabonese doctor, most well known for inventing DM28- IMMUNOREX.[1] The product was suspended from production following a report by Science et Avenir,[2] proving it to be a fake drug being trafficked between France and Africa.[3]

Donatien Mavoungou
Born28 August 1947
Died4 February 2020(2020-02-04) (aged 72)


In 2007, the French National Centre for Scientific Research honored Mavoungou for his service in the field of cardiovascular research.[4] He was honored the following year in Nuremberg with Special Gift of Nobel Prize Paul Ehrlich Laboratory for his work starting in 1998 at the Magic Bullets conference on HIV.[5] Other awards include the scholarship prize in Ouagadougou, the GlaxoSmithKline Blue Ribbon Award in Orlando in 2005, and the Senior Medical Fellowship Award presented by the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks.[6]

Mavoungou was invited to Paris on 12 December 2011 to give a presentation on the strengthening process of the anti-HIV immune system at the Institut IDSRSI. However, his career took a turn in 2016 when his prized invention, the medication DM28- IMMUNOREX, was found to be fraudulent.[7]

Donatien Mavoungou died on 4 February 2020 at age 72.[8]


  1. ^ "Décès à 72 ans du scientifique gabonais Donatien Mavoungou". info241 (in French). 5 February 2020.
  2. ^ "EXCLUSIF. Suite à notre enquête, le faux médicament Immunorex a été suspendu en Afrique". Sciences et Avenir (in French). 20 January 2017.
  3. ^ "SIDA : Des scientifiques renommés impliqués dans un trafic de faux médicament entre la France et l'Afrique". Sciences et Avenir (in French). 1 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Mavoungou Donatien". Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals.
  5. ^ "Avec le DM28- IMMUNOREX, le Pr Mavoungou redonne de l'espoir aux sidéens". Afrique-sur7 (in French). 23 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Traitement du vih/sida : cabale scientifique et medicale contre l'immunorex dm 28 du professeur Donatien Mavoungou". Afrique News Info (in French). 2 January 2018.
  7. ^ "L'IMMUNOREX-DM28 ® du Professeur Donatien Mavoungou soigne-il le SIDA ou pas, où le trouver ? (Interview exclusive)". (in French). 22 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Le Professeur Donatien Mavoungou est mort à 72 ans de chagrin (proche)". (in French). 5 February 2020.