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Life Sciences Discovery Fund Awards $4.7 Million to Support New Vaccine Program
Date:12/16/2008

"WAVA represents a chance for the state of Washington to become an international center recognized for both research and vaccine development," said Larry Corey, M.D., principal investigator of the LSDF-funded project and co-director of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute at the Hutchinson Center. "The successful development and deployment of even one vaccine will have a significant impact on the health of the citizens and will provide a very cost-effective intervention to reduce overall health care costs."

The LSDF award provided critical funding to complete the first phases of three new vaccine projects and the ability to secure funding for the rest of the development process. The projects aim to:

-- Develop an E. coli vaccine for cattle (a joint effort of WSU, UW and the University of Idaho). Researchers will test and identify the best candidate for a vaccine that would reduce the level of E. Coli O157 in cattle to a level that would prevent transmission to humans via meat or waste.

-- Develop a herpes vaccine (a joint effort of the Hutchinson Center, IDRI and UW). Researchers will test and select the most effective vaccine formulations for phase 1 clinical trials.

-- Develop a syphilis vaccine (a joint effort of UW, IDRI and the University of Victoria). Researchers will test, evaluate and select the best vaccine formulation to complete preclinical development and then test in phase 1 clinical trials.

Initially, WAVA will create several core service centers that are critical to bring vaccines to market: discovery, development, production and deployment. These services will be extremely cost effective by taking advantage of existing expertise and sharing these resources across the larger portfolio of vaccine projects. Member organizations will contract with each other to speed the testing and development process. The service cores will e
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