IBT, Scripps Win $6.6M to Develop Pan-Ebolavirus Vaccine

04:22 EDT 2 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

A collaboration between Integrated BioTherapeutics  (IBT) and The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)  has been awarded a $6.6 million, 5-year grant by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)  to develop a vaccine that protects against all ebolaviruses. "This award will enable us to address a pressing global public health need, namely a single vaccine that can protect against all ebolaviruses,” stated IBT’s CSO, Dr. M. Javad Aman, who is co-principal investigator for the collaboration. “To meet this challenge, we have assembled a unique team of experts in immunogen design, structural biology, vaccine development and animal models of filovirus infection.” Filoviruses including Ebola, Sudan, Bundibugyo and Marburg cause hemorrhagic fever in humans, and infection is lethal in 40-90% of cases. The most recent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa was caused by the Zaire Ebolavirus (EBOV), and led to 29,000 infections ...

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