Navigation Links
AAPS national biotechnology conference to highlight breakthrough cancer treatments

ARLINGTON, VA (May 3, 2011) Cancer studies from Mercer University (Ga.) headline groundbreaking research that will be unveiled at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists' (AAPS) National Biotechnology Conference (NBC). The conference takes place Monday, May 16 -Wednesday, May 18 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

Developing an Oral Vaccine for Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the world . Two preventative vaccines are currently available, but are expensive, require complex storage, and trained personnel to administer injections. A team at Mercer is seeking to change that by developing a nanoparticle based Human Papillomavirus (HPV) oral vaccine.

"The purpose of our study was to develop and test inexpensive HPV virus-like particulate vaccine formulations that can be administered orally much like a tablet or capsule," said Martin D'Souza, Ph.D., director of graduate programs and co-director of the Center for Drug Delivery and Research at Mercer. "If this technique is successful, vaccinations could be conducted in masses rather inexpensively and without the use of needles."

This research is currently in the formulation development phase and is being tested on an animal model. It is hoped that the study will help reduce the price of vaccine development for cervical cancer, helping make it more available to patients in poorer countries.

Promise Held for a Novel Combination Prostate Cancer Vaccine

Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer among American men . The research team working on the HPV vaccine is also working on a prostate cancer vaccine that would be a combination of transdermal and oral administration.

"By using this vaccine we can assist the body's defenses to fight off the cancer," said D'Souza. "The vaccine also enables the body's immune cells to generate memory against these cancer cells, such that if [they] reemerge at a later stage, which is quite common, then the memory cells mount an immune response and destroy those cells as well."

Current studies in animal models showed that the vaccine delayed tumor growth, and that transdermal followed by oral vaccination produced a better response than transdermal vaccination alone. These particulate vaccines can be designed for individual therapy and aim to be more cost-effective since their production can be scaled up for mass vaccination due to the ease with which they are prepared.


Contact: Joseph Catapano
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

Related biology news :

1. Consumption, carbon emissions and international trade
2. MU professor elected to membership in National Academy of Sciences
3. ASPB members elected to National Academy of Sciences
4. UCSF scientists honored by National Academy of Sciences
5. Louisiana Tech researcher presents on eco-friendly nanotechnology at national conference
6. Life in extreme environments paves the way for international collaboration
7. Engineering students win International Environmental Design Contest
8. Smell and taste experts at international conference -- April 13-17, 2011
9. 18th International Academy of Astronautics Humans in Space Symposium
10. National Biophotonic Sensors and Systems Center announced
11. ASPB member testifies in support of National Science Foundation
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/20/2015)... OXFORD, Connecticut , November 20, 2015 ... biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile commerce ... its CEO, Gino Pereira , was recently interviewed ... The interview will air on this weekend on ... Bloomberg Latin America . --> NXTD ) ...
(Date:11/17/2015)... 17, 2015 Paris from ... --> Paris from 17 th until ... biometrics innovation leader, has invented the first combined scanner in ... same scanning surface. Until now two different scanners were required: ... can capture both on the same surface. This innovation ...
(Date:11/12/2015)...  A golden retriever that stayed healthy despite having ... provided a new lead for treating this muscle-wasting disorder, ... of MIT and Harvard and the University of São ... Cell, pinpoints a protective gene that boosts ... The Boston Children,s lab of Lou Kunkel , ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... Biobanking Market 2016 - 2020 report analyzes that ... integrity and quality in long-term samples, minimizing manual ... cost-effectiveness. Automation minimizes manual errors such as mislabeling ... efficiency. Further, it plays a vital role in ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015  Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. ... Gorman , President and CEO of Neurocrine Biosciences, will ... Conference in New York . ... visit the website approximately 5 minutes prior to the ... replay of the presentation will be available on the ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Jessica ... on AngelList early in their initial angel funding process. Now, they are paying ... looking to make early stage investments in the microbiome space. In this, ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... /CNW/ - iCo Therapeutics ("iCo" or "the Company") (TSX-V: ... the quarter ended September 30, 2015. Amounts, unless ... presented under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). ... Andrew Rae , President & CEO of ... only value enriching for this clinical program, but ...
Breaking Biology Technology: