FDA provides grant in support of TB vaccine development

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded Aeras a $299,525 grant to support the discovery of biological and immunological biomarkers for TB vaccines. This funding will be used to continue assessments of a novel mycobacterial growth inhibition assay that could drastically reduce the time and cost of developing new vaccines against tuberculosis.

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Aeras: Study underscores growing drug resistance, need for new TB vaccines to fight the global epidemic

Response to Study Published in The Lancet: “Prevalence of and risk factors for resistance to second-line drugs in people with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in eight countries”

Statement by Tom Evans, MD
Chief Scientific Officer, Aeras

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As tuberculosis grows more difficult to control, vaccine candidate to prevent disease enters clinical testing

Aeras and the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) announce today the start of the first clinical trial of IDRI’s novel tuberculosis vaccine candidate, ID93 + GLA-SE. The Phase I clinical trial will assess the safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of the vaccine candidate in 60 healthy adult volunteers. The study will be conducted by Johnson County Clin-Trials in Lenexa, Kansas, in close collaboration with Aeras and IDRI.

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Aeras and IDRI sign agreement to jointly develop novel tuberculosis vaccine

Rockville, MD & Seattle, WA, USA (May 9, 2012) – Aeras and the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) announce today a new agreement to conduct joint development activities with respect to IDRI’s novel tuberculosis vaccine candidate. This collaboration reflects the missions of the two non-profit product development partnerships to use cutting-edge science to develop products that address critical diseases of underserved populations around the world, including tuberculosis.

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Aeras gets $220 million Gates grant to combat TB

Rockville, MD, USA | Cape Town, South Africa (March 15, 2012) – Aeras announces today the receipt of a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of up to US $220 million over five years, placing it at the forefront of a global scientific initiative aimed at developing safe, effective vaccines against tuberculosis, a disease that infects two billion people worldwide. One of the world’s largest not-for-profit biotechs, Aeras is developing modern vaccines to combat TB against the backdrop of a significant increase in drug-resistant strains.

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