Dr. Dennis E. Hruby, Chief Science Officer of SIGA Technologies, to Present CDC Distinguished Lecture on Smallpox Antiviral Drug ST-246.NEW YORK New York, state, United States
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SIGA Sunshine in Government Act of 1976 Technologies, Inc., a company specializing in the development of pharmaceutical agents to fight bio-warfare pathogens, announced today that its Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Dennis E. Hruby, is presenting a Distinguished Lecture at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), agency of the U.S. Public Health Service since 1973, with headquarters in Atlanta; it was established in 1946 as the Communicable Disease Center. (CDC See Control Data, century date change and Back Orifice.
CDC - Control Data Corporation ) in Atlanta on Wednesday, April 23, 2008. Dr. Hruby's presentation, entitled "Discovery and Development of a Smallpox Antiviral Drug," outlines the progression of SIGA's anti-orthopoxvirus drug, ST-246, from its discovery in the laboratory through SIGA's recent filing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA FDA
Food and Drug Administration
n.pr See Food and Drug Administration.
n.pr the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration. ) in support of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA EUA Examination under anesthesia, see there ) application for the drug.
Commenting on the CDC presentation, Dr. Hruby stated, "We look forward to having a platform such as this to provide an update on the progress we have made with our ST-246 antiviral. We have recently achieved several milestones that are of significant importance, including the submission of our application supporting an EUA, the completion of our multiple ascending dose human clinical trial and initiating the process of obtaining marketing authorization in Europe. The CDC has a very intimate understanding of the seriousness of the smallpox virus smallpox virus
See variola virus. and the threat that it poses to global health safety. We think that this forum will provide those attending with a better understanding of how far we have come in the development of ST-246 and the drug's capabilities in the event of a smallpox virus release."
Dr. Hruby will also meet with CDC colleagues to discuss a series of smallpox virus challenge studies in nonhuman primates designed to further define the window of protective efficacy of ST-246. In the past, ST-246 has demonstrated significant antiviral activity against both the monkeypox virus and smallpox virus in primate models of disease.
Dr. Hruby specializes in virology virology, study of viruses and their role in disease. Many viruses, such as animal RNA viruses and viruses that infect bacteria, or bacteriophages, have become useful laboratory tools in genetic studies and in work on the cellular metabolic control of gene expression and microbial microbial
pertaining to or emanating from a microbe.
the breakdown of organic material, especially feedstuffs, by microbial organisms. pathogenesis research, and the use of viral and bacterial vectors to produce recombinant vaccines. He is a member of the American Society of Virology, the American Society for Microbiology The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is a scientific organization, based in the United States although with over 43,000 members throughout the world. It is the largest single life science professional organization and its members include those whose interests encompass basic and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.
The upcoming smallpox virus challenge studies are of special interest to the CDC and SIGA due to the successful effort by SIGA at CDC's request to help save the life of a 28-month toddler who had contracted a severe case of eczema vaccinatum eczema vac·ci·na·tum
A form of generalized vaccinia supervening upon an existing atopic dermatitis and accompanied by a high fever, malaise, and enlargement of the lymph nodes. (CID Cid or Cid Campeador (sĭd, Span. thēth kämpāäthōr`) [Span.,=lord conqueror], d. 1099, Spanish soldier and national hero, whose real name was Rodrigo (or Ruy) Díaz de Vivar. , 2008:46), which had arisen as a complication from smallpox vaccine smallpox vaccine
A vaccine containing vaccinia virus suspensions that is inoculated subcutaneously to immunize against smallpox. administration. The FDA's issuance of a compassionate emergency usage approval at CDC's request allowed the child, who was near death and on the ninth day of hospitalization, to receive ST-246. The child's prompt recovery suggests that the therapeutic window for ST-246 use may extend beyond the onset of disease symptoms.
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SIGA Technologies is applying viral and bacterial genomics and sophisticated computational modeling in the design and development of novel products for the prevention and treatment of serious infectious diseases, with an emphasis on products for biological warfare defense Noun 1. biological warfare defense - defense against biological warfare
biological warfare defence, BW defence, BW defense
defense, defensive measure, defence - (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they . SIGA believes that it is a leader in the development of pharmaceutical agents to fight potential bio-warfare pathogens. SIGA has antiviral programs targeting smallpox and other Category A pathogens, including arenaviruses (Lassa fever, Junin, Machupo, Guanarito, Sabia, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis), dengue virus, and the filoviruses (Ebola and Marburg). For more information about SIGA, please visit SIGA's Web site at http://www.siga.com/.
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