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New TB vaccine enters clinical testing
Date:9/23/2010

ystem to elicit a greater protective response in the body.

"The TB epidemic continues to become more complex and difficult to control, especially in South Africa where resistance to available TB treatments is on the rise," said Bernard Fourie, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of Medicine in Need and Managing Director of Mend South Africa. "The scientific community has made developing a safer and more effective TB vaccine a priority and we are pleased that there is progress in the field."

The Phase I clinical trial to test the safety of AERAS-422 will be led by Principal Investigator Daniel Hoft, MD, PhD, at Saint Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development. The trial will enroll healthy adults who have never received a vaccination against tuberculosis. Dr. Hoft's team will also conduct initial immunological assessments.

"The TB vaccine field has made tremendous progress over the past 10 years," said Daniel Hoft, MD, PhD, of the Center for Vaccine Development at Saint Louis University. "Not only is the start of the clinical trial of AERAS-422 another important benchmark in the search for more effective TB vaccines, it is also an opportunity to learn more about cellular immunity, a less well understood but critically important component of TB vaccine development."

Aeras is pursuing a TB vaccine development strategy based on a prime-boost approach that incorporates an initial BCG or recombinant BCG vaccination for infants at birth to be followed by a booster vaccine later in infancy to adolescence. In addition to AERAS-422, developed as a "prime," Aeras is also supporting the clinical development of four TB vaccine candidates designed as "boosters" in the prime-boost vaccine scenario. Two have reached the Phase IIb proof of concept stage.


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Contact: Annmarie Leadman
aleadman@aeras.org
240-599-3018
Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

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