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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hawaii : Preclinical development of dengue vaccine announced

From Vaccine News Daily, a glimmer of hope? :

" Advanced BioScience Laboratories, Inc., and Hawaii Biotech, Inc., announced on May 25 that they will be joining forces with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for preclinical development of a dengue vaccine.

Officials with Hawaii Biotech said that they plan to begin the first phase of a human clinical study with its tetravalent dengue vaccine candidate later this year.

The sub-unit vaccine will be designed with high resistance to all four of the native viral antigens, which officials believe will provide balanced immunity.

Advanced BioScience, through a contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will oversee the manufacturing and testing of all supplies.

“In preparing to evaluate our tetravalent dengue vaccine in the clinic, we looked for a contract research organization with deep experience in viral vaccine development,” Elliot Parks, Hawaii Biotech's president and CEO, said."

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