GEOVAX AND VAXEAL COLLABORATE ON CANCER PROGRAM.
With many advanced types of cancer, certain tumor- associated antigens such as CEA (cancer embryonic antigen), PSA (prostate specific antigen) and MUC1 (cell surface associated mucin 1) are over-expressed (that is, produced in very large quantities) and aberrantly expressed (produced in abnormal forms). These antigens are often recognized as abnormal by patients' immune systems but are not sufficiently immunogenic to trigger an effective immune response against the tumor. The tumor antigens must be presented to the body in a different form, or in a different way, to enlist the patient's own immune system in fighting the cancer. GeoVax believes that its MVA-VLP platform may be able to do exactly this -- training a patient's own immune system to selectively seek and destroy the cancer cells bearing such antigens.
The collaboration between GeoVax and Vaxeal includes the design, construction, characterization and animal testing of vaccine candidates using GeoVax's MVA-VLP vaccine platform. Vaccine antigens will include Vaxeal's proprietary designed sequences.
Farshad Guirakhoo, PhD, GeoVax's Chief Scientific Officer, commented, We are pleased to begin this collaboration with Vaxeal to further expand GeoVax's promising cancer immunotherapy program. This project will be complementary and mutually exclusive to our ongoing collaboration with ViaMune, Inc. for co-developing cancer immunotherapies based on the MUC1 tumor-associated antigen. We intend to pursue additional collaborations with leading research institutions and others with their novel cancer antigens or technologies suitable for use with our MVA-VLP platform.
We are delighted to enter into this agreement with GeoVax to support its MVA-VLP- based vaccine, using Vaxeal proprietary tumor antigens, and its anticipated progression into clinical trials, said Ahmed Bouzidi, PhD, CEO of Vaxeal. This agreement also shows that Vaxeal remains fully committed to developing novel immunotherapies that meet the growing need for improved cancer treatments.
Vaxeal Holding SA is headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland. The company, in partnership with international research institutes, is developing therapeutic vaccines in combination with immuno-modulatory drugs for the treatment of cancers and infectious diseases. The immunotherapies are protected by patent families and initial programs have reached the pre-clinical stage in major disease segments. For more information, visit www.vaxeal.net.
GeoVax Labs, Inc., is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing human vaccines against infectious diseases using its MVA-VLP vaccine platforms. The Company's HIV vaccine for the clade B epidemic in the Americas, Australia, Japan and Europe is advancing in human trials conducted by the HVTN. Preclinical programs are focused on preventive vaccines for Zika virus, hemorrhagic fever viruses (Ebola, Sudan, Marburg, and Lassa), and malaria, as well as therapeutic vaccines for HIV, chronic Hepatitis B infections and cancers. GeoVax's vaccine platform supports in vivo production of non-infectious VLPs from the cells of the very person receiving the vaccine, mimicking a natural infection and effectively stimulating both the humoral and cellular arms of the immune system to recognize, prevent, and control the target infection.
For more information, visit www.geovax.com.