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PharmAthene Presents Data for Protexia(R) and Valortim(R) at 2008 BARDA Industry Conference / PHEMCE Stakeholders Workshop
Date:9/24/2008

reated with non-pegylated rBChE supports the conclusions of an earlier study (Mikler et al, 2007) that rBChE has potential utility as a post poisoning therapy. The investigators suggest that the data provide the first tangible evidence of the predicted mechanisms of post poisoning intervention with rBChE.

"The majority of our research to date for Protexia(R) has focused on studying its efficacy as a pre-exposure prophylactic. The promising preliminary data are particularly encouraging as they demonstrate that the non-pegylated rBChE may also be efficacious as a therapeutic for nerve agents. We plan to undertake further confirmatory work with Protexia(R) to build upon these exciting preliminary observations," said Mr. Wright.

Valortim(R) Findings Reported

In a poster entitled, "Efficacy of Intravenous Valortim(R), an Anti-toxin Monoclonal Antibody, in the Treatment of Inhalation Anthrax in the African Green Monkey Model," investigators at USAMRIID sought to refine the AGM as a therapeutic model by assessing the efficacy of an anti-toxin monoclonal antibody. In the study, 21 adult AGMs were exposed by aerosol to Ames anthrax spores and blood samples were collected every 4-8 hours beginning 24-hours post exposure to assess anthrax bacteremia and protective antigen in blood. Samples were analyzed for protective antigen via a rapid electrochemiluminescent immunoassay (ECL) and bacteremia was evaluated by 24-hour culture. In the study, 6 AGMs were treated with one intravenous dose of 10 mg/kg Valortim(R) when positive by ECL; a second cohort of 6 AGMs was treated with 2 intravenous doses of 10 mg/kg Valortim(R) (the first given when positive by ECL and the second dose administered 24 hours later), and a third cohort of 6 AGMs was treated with one intravenous dose of 20 mg/kg Valortim(R) when positive by ECL.

Results showed that 56% (10 of 18) of the Valortim(R)-treated animals survived while all saline-treated controls (3) succumbed to inhalati
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