ANNAPOLIS, Md., Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PharmAthene, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PIP) announced today further development progress of its second generation rPA anthrax vaccine, SparVax™. The new vaccine is being developed to provide rapid manufacturing scale-up to respond to a national security emergency. The Company completed its first cGMP manufacturing run at 1,500 liter commercial scale. Final analytical testing is ongoing and expected to be completed in December.
"There is widespread acknowledgement of the need for a modern, next-generation anthrax vaccine that can meet the government's needs in the event of an emergency. A recombinant anthrax vaccine offers the potential for an improved vaccine that is safe, convenient, cost-effective and provides for a significant increase in production yields," remarked Eric I. Richman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "SparVax™ is the first medical countermeasure to successfully transition from early research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advanced development in partnership with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). SparVax™ represents how our medical countermeasure development program can create products with desired characteristics to meet the needs of our country. We look forward to continuing a very productive collaboration with our partners in government to address this need and advance this important product."
"This achievement marks the latest in a series of accomplishments for our rPA anthrax vaccine program in 2011," commented Dr. Thomas Fuerst, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. "Earlier this year, we successfully completed the technology transfer of our manufacturing process from the United Kingdom to a United States-based contract manufacturing organization. Most importantly, PharmAth
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