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USD 12.5 m Funding for the Development of Intercell's Vaccine Patch System for Pandemic Influenza From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Date:12/11/2008

he financial support from HHS enables us to continue our Pandemic Flu program with full speed in 2009. The progress of this program is also an important endorsement of the ability of our patch technology to enhance the immune response, when combining it with an injected vaccine."

About Pandemic Influenza

Three influenza pandemics have occurred in the 20th century leading to the death of more than 50 million people globally. By U.S. government estimates, pandemic influenza has a greater potential to cause deaths and illnesses than virtually any other natural health threat. Signs of a pandemic influenza have emerged in Southeast Asia, as lethal infections of poultry and humans with avian influenza virus continue. The current virus is now endemic in bird populations, having spread to more than 40 countries and causing the deaths of hundreds of millions of birds. Furthermore, the World Health Organization reports that the number of avian flu cases in humans has reached more than 370 cases in 14 countries.

Development of Pandemic Influenza Vaccines

Intercell believes that its vaccine patch (immunostimulant patch) has the potential for the development of improved influenza vaccines, especially in the field of pandemic influenza. Preclinical studies and the Phase I/II clinical study results using the patch with H5N1 vaccine suggest that this strategy may be used for other applications where improved immunogenicity, decreased antigen doses, or fewer immunization visits are desired.

About Intercell AG

Intercell AG is a growing biotechnology company which focuses on the design and development of novel vaccines for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases with substantial unmet medical need. The Company develops antigens and adjuvants which are derived from its proprietary technology platforms and has in-house GMP manufacturing capabilities. Based on these
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