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Cutting-Edge Vaccine Research to be Showcased at AAPS National Biotechnology Conference
Date:5/14/2010

Potential therapies for deadly diseases to be presented during San Francisco meeting

ARLINGTON, Va., May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Novel vaccines for diseases ranging from the flu to HIV highlight a week's worth of biotechnology research at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists' (AAPS) National Biotechnology Conference (NBC). Scientists from academia, industry, and government will gather at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Sunday, May 16 -Thursday, May 20 to share research and advances in biotherapeutics.

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a delivery system utilizing invasin as a targeting molecule to M cells as well as an agent that can enhance the patient's immune response. This formulation may be useful in developing countries due to its stable powder form, which reduces the need for trained personnel to administer the medication. This platform oral vaccine system being developed by Tarik Khan and Jennifer Maynard, Ph.D. in collaboration with Margaret Phillips and Nicholas Peppas, Sc.D., targets immune cells in the gut, and may be applied to a number of diseases including flu, whooping cough, and HIV.

"By vaccinating through the oral route you remove the pain and fear associated with vaccines, require less experienced personnel for administration, and do a better job of mimicking the natural process of infection," said Khan.

It is hoped that a vaccination system, such as the one developed by Khan and Maynard, will increase patient compliance, the overa
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