PINE BROOK, N.J., Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Elusys Therapeutics, Inc. (Elusys), a biopharmaceutical company developing countermeasures for biodefense, announced today that it has been awarded additional funding from the U.S. Government, valued at $50.2 million, for the advanced development of ETI-204 (Anthim), an investigational agent for the treatment of anthrax infection following a biowarfare attack. Anthrax is a life-threatening infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Much of the morbidity and mortality of anthrax can be attributed to anthrax toxins. Anthrax remains one of the nation's top biowarfare threats. Inhaled anthrax is often fatal, despite treatment with antibiotics. ETI-204 is an investigational anti-toxin and is a promising candidate for the treatment of inhalational anthrax in humans.
The $50.2 million awarded by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be used to conduct definitive efficacy studies in animals and complete validation of the commercial manufacturing process for ETI-204. This third year of funding is in addition to $57.5 million the company already received under this contract and is part of a five year award totaling up to $143 million. This advanced product development contract is supporting Elusys' efforts to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensure, including manufacturing activities, human safety trials and non-clinical effectiveness studies in animals.
"We are pleased that the U.S. Government is continuing to support our efforts to advance ETI-204 through the final stages of our development program, including validation of our commercial manufacturing pro
|SOURCE Elusys Therapeutic, Inc.|
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