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Iomai Wins Department of Defense Grant to Develop a Stable, Patch-Based Anthrax Vaccine
Date:4/8/2008

- Grant to Cover Formulation Work, Stability Characterization of Dry-Patch

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GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Iomai Corporation (Nasdaq: IOMI) today announced it will receive a cost-reimbursement grant for up to $943,856 from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) to perform preclinical work on a patch-based version of the anthrax vaccine.

Under the 1-year grant, Iomai scientists will use vaccine antigen developed by UK-based Avecia Biologics Ltd., applying Iomai's technology in an effort to formulate a dry version of antigen that can be combined with an Iomai adjuvant on a needle-free patch. Iomai will then evaluate the stability of the patch to determine whether it can be stored and shipped at room temperature.

The current anthrax vaccine licensed in the United States is given as a six-shot regimen over an 18-month course and must be refrigerated, complicating stockpiling efforts. Government funding for a second-generation vaccine was discontinued after problems emerged with the stability of that vaccine.

"The military has a clear need for an effective anthrax vaccine that can be stockpiled and shipped at room temperature, and we believe that Iomai has the scientific know-how and the manufacturing ability to meet that need," said Stanley C. Erck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Iomai. "This grant further validates the Iomai approach of formulating vaccines and immunostimulants on stable dry patches, and our work under this grant will dovetail nicely with our ongoing clinical and preclinical programs."

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