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Genocea Publishes Preclinical Data For Investigational Vaccine Candidate For HSV-2
Date:3/18/2013

saponin-derived product that has demonstrated a balanced B and T cell immunostimulatory profile.  A Phase 1/2a clinical study is currently underway to determine the safety and tolerability of GEN-003. 

About HSV-2
Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the most common cause of genital herpes, is a sexually transmitted disease that is estimated to infect more than 500 million people worldwide, and one out of six people aged 15 to 49. In the U.S. alone, an estimated 50-60 million people are affected. HSV-2 infection can cause recurring, painful genital sores, and can be stigmatizing and produce considerable psychological distress in patients. The disease is particularly severe in immunosuppressed patients and poses significant risk to newborns if it is transmitted from mothers during birth. While antiviral drugs are used widely to treat HSV-2, there is neither a cure nor a vaccine for this disease.

About Genocea Biosciences
Genocea Biosciences is harnessing the power of the T cell immunity to develop the next generation of vaccines. T cells are increasingly recognized as a critical element of a protective immune response to a wide range of infectious disease pathogens, but are difficult to target using traditional vaccine discovery methods. Genocea is uniquely able to identify protective T cell antigens from naturally exposed humans using its proprietary technology platform that mimics the human immune response in the laboratory, potentially improving the effectiveness of vaccine candidates and drastically reducing the time needed to create them.  

For more information, please visit the company's website at Genocea.com.

For information contact:
Jessica Rowlands
Feinstein Kean Healthcare
202-729-4089
jessica.rowlands@fkhealth.com


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