Inviragen: Grant for avian influenza vaccines
Inviragen has received a Small Business Technology
Transfer award to develop a safe and effective avian influenza
Inviragen received the 2-year, $600,000 grant from the National Institutes
of Health to support its collaboration with the University of Wisconsin to
develop a bird flu
vaccine. The will fund the construction and testing
of novel vaccines designed to protect against the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza
"This new project combines Inviragen's expertise in genetic engineering of
vaccines for respiratory diseases with the world-renowned influenza expertise at
University of Wisconsin," said Dr Dan Stinchcomb, Inviragen's CEO.
"With this funding we will optimise H5N1 antigen expression in Inviragen's
second-generation vaccine vectors. The resulting vaccines will be tested for
safety and for the ability to protect animals from H5N1 influenza," said Dr
Jorge Osorio, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin. "Our goal is
to develop a vaccine that is easy to manufacture, simple to administer and
provides broad protection against multiple H5N1 isolates."
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