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Inovio Pharmaceuticals and VGX International to Advance Therapeutic Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B Synthetic Vaccines into Clinical Studies
Date:10/10/2011

ts who have cleared the virus on their own. The responses included strong NS3-specific interferon-γ (IFN-γ) induction, robust CD4 and CD8 T cell proliferation, and induction of polyfunctional T cells. The study was funded in part by a $2.8 million PA CURE grant received by Inovio and its collaborators in 2010 to develop this multi-antigen synthetic HCV vaccine.

"Hepatitis B and C are a major global health problem, with about 470 million people infected worldwide. As a development leader of synthetic vaccines, we are pleased to collaborate with our affiliate VGX International to advance our global, multi-antigen HCV vaccine into the clinic. This latest development is an integral part of Inovio's multi-pronged approach to develop our therapeutic hepatitis vaccine pipeline," stated Dr. J. Joseph Kim, President and CEO.

Inovio has an ongoing open label Phase II clinical study with ChronTech Pharma AB to test the effect of a DNA vaccine (ChronVac-C®) encoding for NS3/4A protein (genotype 1a) administered by Inovio's MedPulser® electroporation delivery device followed by the standard of care (SOC) drug treatment using interferon and ribavirin. In an earlier phase I study, 5 of 6 participants (83%) who received the vaccine along with SOC cleared the virus. SOC drug treatment alone in patients infected with HCV genotype 1 results in clearance of the virus in 40-50% of patients. Interim results from this phase II study are expected in 2012.

Inovio previously announced a research collaboration with ChronTech Pharma AB and Transgene S.A. to test the immunogenicity of a DNA/electroporation prime - MVA boost approach against HCV by combining two promising, previously studied clinical candidates. A Phase I clinical study is anticipated to start in Q4 2011.

Under the same agreement, Inovio and VGX International
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