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NEJM publishes study showing LigoCyte's norovirus vaccine demonstrates protection against illness
Date:12/7/2011

BOZEMAN, Mont., Dec. 7, 2011 LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that its experimental vaccine provided significant protection against norovirus infection and related gastrointestinal illness collectively known as acute gastroenteritis (AGE). Norovirus infection, sometimes referred to as "the stomach flu" is one of the most common causes of severe nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea afflicting 21 million Americans annually and is an important contributor to gastrointestinal disease worldwide. This was the first time a vaccine has demonstrated protection against norovirus. No commercially available vaccines or specific therapies currently exist to prevent or treat norovirus infection. The results of the Phase I/II study, conducted with a virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine, were published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. This study was a multi-center trial performed in collaboration with a consortium including Baylor College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, SNBL CPC, Inc., University of Maryland and The EMMES Corporation.

"This is the first demonstration of protection in humans against what is a widespread and often serious illness and is a big development for the field," said Robert Atmar, M.D., of Baylor College of Medicine and the study's principal investigator. "The number of hospitalizations and the healthcare costs associated with norovirus are staggering; a successful vaccine against norovirus would offer significant protection to patients as well as potential cost reductions for the healthcare system."

"The positive results from this rigorous challenge study demonstrate that norovirus gastroenteritis, which can result in severe illness in many people, can be prevented by vaccination," said Donald P. Beeman, LigoCyte's Chief Executive Officer. "Development of our bivalent intramuscular vaccine is currently underway, and we look forward to the results of upco
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