New Company To Turn UNC-CH, Army Inventions Into Improved Vaccines

UNC-CH News Services

CHAPEL HILL -- Inventions by microbiologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have led to creation of AlphaVax, a new company in Durham.

UNC-CH has licensed exclusively to AlphaVax four patents and two applications for patents expected to be issued. The company will develop and market the technology, which has broad applications for vaccines and gene therapy, company officials say. Initial targets include infectious diseases such as HIV -- the virus that causes AIDS -- herpes simplex virus and human papilloma virus.

Dr. Robert E. Johnston, UNC-CH professor of microbiology and immunology and one of the company's founding scientists, said the technology has obvious advantages over other vaccine methods. The new technique is efficient -- delivering large amounts of immunity-provoking substances directly to critical tissues -- and can be used multiple times in the same patient, Johnston said.

The approach grew out of research on the life cycle of the Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus done by Johnston, his UNC-CH colleague Dr. Nancy Davis and the Army institute?s Dr. Jonathan Smith. All AlphaVax scientific founders, the researchers created disarmed versions of the virus, which stimulated the immune system but did not cause disease. They also turned the attenuated virus into a vector -- a delivery vehicle that can be used for many kinds of vaccines. Unlike most vectors, however, this one can be used in the same patient several times.

"Many vectors don't work well if reused because the immune system reacts to them," said Davis, research associate professor of microbiology and immunology. "So far, in our studies in rodents, we haven't run into that problem. We're able to use our vectors for multiple vaccines or booster sh

Contact: David L. Williamson
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Ferr-Damar wins 2004 Eli Lilly and Company Research Award
2. Open access initiative from the Company of Biologists
3. ESA Corporate Award winner 2001: Weyerhaeuser Company Limited British Columbia Coastal Forest Project Team
4. Warner-Lambert Company gift creates bioinformatics program
5. SFU Spin-Off Company To Research Promising Antibacterial Agents
6. New Company Formed Through Licensing Of Cardiac-Hypertrophy Technology From Texas Institutions
7. Move Over, Protein Kinase C, Youve Got Company: Munc13-1 Is A Novel Diacylglycerol Target That Modulates Neurotransmitter Release
8. Perkin-Elmer, Dr. J. Craig Venter, And TIGR Announce Formation Of New Genomics Company
9. Florida Company Using ORNL Technology For Revolutionary Wheelchair
10. Hopkins Engineering Undergrads Inventions: Power Tools For Double Amputee, Military Surveillance Robot
11. Improved nutrition could reduce malaria burden worldwide

Post Your Comments:

(Date:4/13/2016)... April 13, 2016  IMPOWER physicians supporting Medicaid patients ... a new clinical standard in telehealth thanks to a ... the higi platform, IMPOWER patients can routinely track key ... body mass index, and, when they opt in, share ... visit to a local retail location at no cost. ...
(Date:3/31/2016)... 2016  Genomics firm Nabsys has completed a financial ... Bready , M.D., who returned to the company in ... leadership team, including Chief Technology Officer, John Oliver ... Nurnberg and Vice President of Software and Informatics, ... Dr. Bready served as CEO of Nabsys from ...
(Date:3/23/2016)... 2016 Einzigartige ... und Stimmerkennung mit Passwörtern     ... MESG ), ein führender Anbieter digitaler Kommunikationsdienste, ... SpeechPro zusammenarbeitet, um erstmals dessen Biometrietechnologie einzusetzen. ... Möglichkeit angeboten, im Rahmen mobiler Apps neben ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... on a range of subjects including policies, debt and investment ... Speaking at a lecture to the Canadian Economics ... the country,s inflation target, which is set by both the ... "In certain areas there needs to be frequent ... not sit down and address strategy together?" He ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... Mosio, a leader in ... Trials Patient Recruitment and Retention Tips.” Partnering with experienced clinical research professionals, Mosio ... practical tips, tools, and strategies for clinical researchers. , “The landscape of how ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 A person commits a ... crime scene to track the criminal down. An ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track ... Sound far-fetched? It,s not. The FDA has increasingly ... support investigations of foodborne illnesses. Put as simply as possible, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... YORK , June, 23, 2016  The Biodesign ... to envision new ways to harness living systems and ... Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City ... than 130 participating students, showcased projects at MoMA,s Celeste ... Paola Antonelli , MoMA,s senior curator of architecture ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: