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Medicago's H1N1 pandemic vaccine candidate shows positive response in 100% of vaccinated animals after a single dose
Date:7/30/2009

QUEBEC CITY, July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Medicago Inc. (TSX-V: MDG) a biotechnology company focused on developing highly effective and affordable vaccines based on proprietary manufacturing technologies and Virus-Like Particles (VLPs), today announced that it has achieved additional positive results with its vaccine candidate for the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, also known as Swine flu. Results showed that a single dose of 5 micrograms induced a positive immune response against a new emerging strain of this virus in 100% of vaccinated animals.

Medicago's H1N1 VLP vaccine was formulated to protect against the influenza A/California/04/09 virus ("California/04"), which was one of the original viral strains selected by the WHO for vaccine manufacturers. The Company previously reported data from an initial study in mice where its novel vaccine achieved a positive immune response in 100% of the animals vaccinated against the California/04 virus. In a continuation of this study, Medicago tested the immune response of its H1N1 vaccine against the California/07 virus, a more current and mutated strain and showed positive immune response after a single dose of 5 micrograms. The challenge of current pandemic influenza vaccines is they have to match the circulating strain in order to be effective.

"We have already demonstrated the speed of our technology by producing an H1N1 vaccine candidate and initiating animal testing while other vaccine manufacturers were still waiting for a seed strain from the WHO. These additional data expand upon the results we announced in June and support our belief that our influenza vaccines are also capable of providing protection against different circulating viral strains," said Andy Sheldon, President and CEO of Medicago. "Unlike current vaccine manufacturers that have experienced difficulties producing a pandemic candidate for H1N1, our H1N1 vaccine candidate was well expressed in our plant-based system and has produc
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