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ATLANTA, GA, July 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NewMediaWire – GeoVax Labs, Inc. (Nasdaq: GOVX), a biotechnology company developing human vaccines and immunotherapies against infectious diseases and cancer, announced today the publication of a peer-reviewed animal efficacy study of its modified vaccine Ankara (MVA) vectored vaccine against Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV). The study was published in Nature Partner Journals (NPJ) Vaccines.
GeoVax’s vaccine, MVA-VLP-SUDV, combines the advantages of the immunogenicity of a live attenuated vaccine vector with the authentic conformation of virus-like particles (VLPs). The vaccine expresses minimal components to generate self-assembling VLPs in the vaccinee: the envelope glycoprotein GP and the matrix protein VP40. Guinea pigs vaccinated with one dose of MVA-VLP-SUDV generated SUDV-speciﬁc binding and neutralizing antibody responses as well as Fc-mediated protective effects. These responses were boosted by a second vaccine dose. All vaccinated animals which received either one or two vaccine doses were protected from death and disease symptoms following challenge with a lethal dose of SUDV. These data demonstrate single dose protection and potency of the MVA-VLP platform for use in emergency situations to contain outbreaks.
Mark J. Newman, PhD, GeoVax Chief Scientific Officer, commented, “The GeoVax MVA-VLP platform allows for the design of vaccines to present the immune system with multiple viral proteins in the conformation that mimics the actual virus. The resulting immune responses are broadly functional, involving both the antibody and T-cell effector function, resulting in optimal levels of efficacy, even with a single dose. These are ideal properties for vaccines that will support use in the general population. The next stage of testing involving nonhuman primates is nearing completion and we eagerly await those data.”
David Dodd, GeoVax Chairman and CEO commented, “This publication further validates the broad utility and benefit of the GeoVax MVA-VLP approach towards providing single-dose, highly efficacious vaccines against major infectious health challenges worldwide. Previously, our vaccine against the Zaire ebolavirus demonstrated 100% protection, single-dose protection in a non-human primate model. Adding the Sudan ebolavirus to our vaccine portfolio against hemorrhagic fever virus threats well positions GeoVax for achieving a leadership position in this critical area of healthcare prevention. We look forward to providing further updates on our progress in this area.”
GeoVax Labs, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing human vaccines and immunotherapies against infectious diseases and cancer using novel proprietary platforms. GeoVax’s product pipeline includes two ongoing Phase 2 clinical trials of GEO-CM04S1 for COVID-19 as a universal booster vaccine to mRNA vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and as a primary vaccine for use in immunocompromised patients. In addition to GEO-CM04S1 for COVID-19, GeoVax is developing GEO-CM02 as a pan-coronavirus vaccine. The Company is also conducting a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of Gedeptin® for treatment of head and neck cancer. Gedeptin® has been granted orphan drug status by the FDA. Additional research and development programs include preventive vaccines against Zika Virus, hemorrhagic fever viruses (Ebola, Sudan, Marburg, and Lassa) and malaria, as well as immunotherapies for multiple solid tumors. The Company’s portfolio of wholly owned, co-owned, and in-licensed intellectual property stands at over 70 granted or pending patent applications spread over 20 patent families.
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