Oxford, UK, 5 April 2017 – Emergex Vaccines Holding Limited (“Emergex”), a biotechnology company pioneering a new approach to T-cell vaccine development in the field of infectious diseases, today announced that they have been awarded a £499,825 SBRI contract with the Department of Health/Technology Strategy Board, facilitated by Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency. The ‘Vaccines for Global Development – Preclinical’ grant proceeds will be used to advance the Zika and multivalent filovirus (Ebola and Marburg) vaccine programmes.
Professor Thomas Rademacher, CEO, commented “Emergex has a grand vision to create a socially responsible company that will address the critical global need to have affordable and effective vaccines against emerging viral and bacterial outbreaks. By creating an International Repository of vaccines that can be used at the start of epidemics, we can potentially protect populations at the time of utmost need. This will also allow for field testing of human-specific T cell vaccines in relevant clinical situations. The support from Innovate UK will allow us to advance our Zika and Filovirus vaccine programmes as quickly as possible.”
For more detail on the award, please see the Innovate UK announcement of the competition results (Pg. 11) here.
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About Emergex Vaccines Holding Limited
Emergex Vaccines Holding Limited, a UK-based biotechnology company headquartered in Oxford, is pioneering a new approach to vaccine development in order to address some of the world’s most immediate health threats such as Zika, Ebola, pandemic flu and antibiotic resistant bacteria.
It has developed a novel and ground-breaking approach to vaccine manufacturing, using 100% synthetic components to activate T-cells of the immune system to destroy virus-infected human cells. It uses unique technologies together with top-notch science to develop and manufacture vaccines much faster and at a fraction of the cost of traditional vaccines.
Emergex is initially focussed on creating an internationally accessible, clinical grade vaccine repository for use by governments, non-governmental organisations and charities, to act as a first line of defence against existing and newly emerging infectious outbreaks. It also plans to develop commercially marketed vaccines in partnership with pharmaceutical companies to generate future licensing and royalty revenue streams.
Emergex is committed to making a positive impact in the communities that are most affected by these infectious outbreaks, where a lack of affordable and effective treatments adversely impacts health and prosperity. Recently it joined the Social Stock Exchange in London, the world’s first regulated exchange dedicated to businesses and investors seeking to achieve a positive social and environmental impact through their activities.
Find out more online at www.emergexvaccines.com.
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