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Soligenix Submits NIAID Contract Proposal for Development of a Thermostable Ricin Vaccine
Date:10/31/2013

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Soligenix, Inc. (OTCQB: SNGX) (Soligenix or the Company), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing products to treat inflammatory diseases and biodefense medical countermeasures (MCMs) where there remains an unmet medical need, announced today submission of a full contract proposal to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.  Successful award of the proposal would support a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for the advanced development of RiVax™ as a vaccine MCM candidate for biodefense threats to protect the public. 

Soligenix submitted this proposal to NIAID in response to Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) NIAID-DMID-NIHAI2013174, "Development of Vaccine Formulations Effective Against NIAID Priority Pathogens." NIAID is interested in supporting the advanced development of candidate vaccines against potentially lethal pathogens and toxins which consist of a dry formulation technology to enhance stability and minimize cold chain storage or preservative requirements. 

To date, the development of RiVax™ has been largely supported through a series of overlapping grants from both the NIAID and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), granted to Soligenix and to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) where vaccine development originated.

"We are pleased to submit our proposal to NIAID, who has been the main supporter of our thermostable ricin toxin vaccine development since its inception," stated Christopher J. Schaber, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Soligenix. "Although there are no guarantees, we believe that the combination of our ricin toxin vaccine, RiVax™ and our ThermoVax™ heat stabilization platform technology aligns well with the mission objectives of NI
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