Vaccine Has Potential to Save Millions of Lives
GERMANTOWN, Md., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Integrated BioTherapeutics Inc. (IBT), a biotechnology company focused on development of medical countermeasures for biodefense and emerging infectious diseases, announced they have been awarded a multiyear contract for advanced development of a vaccine to protect against Ebola and Marburg viruses from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The contract is valued at approximately $22 million, which, if options are exercised, could total up to $65 million.
Considered a significant bioterrorist threat, Ebola and Marburg lead to death 30-90 percent of the time they are contracted, and there are currently no vaccines or therapeutics available for treatment of humans infected with either virus. Ebola and Marburg virus outbreaks typically occur in resource poor areas in Sub-Saharan Africa, although rare cases have occurred in the United States, Europe and the Philippines. Filoviruses are also a source of concern as potential bioterror agents.
"We are very pleased that NIAID has awarded such a significant contract to fund the advanced development activities for our virus-like particle vaccine against Ebola and Marburg viruses. This is a significant step forward in our mission to improving public health and developing medical countermeasures for biodefense. This contract will fund a major portion of the preclinical and clinical activities required to confirm and refine the activity in animals and verify the activity in humans," commented Dr. Javad Aman, IBT President and Chief Scientific Officer.
IBT is collaborating with colleagues at the United States Army Medical
Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) to develop a subunit
vaccine, based on the virus-like particles, with broad-spectrum activity
toward different strains of Ebola and Marburg viruses. Other col
|SOURCE Integrated BioTherapeutics Inc.|
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