Serum Institute of India acquires rights to TB vaccine

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Serum Institute of India acquires rights to TB vaccine

Serum Institute of India, a Pune-based manufacturer of vaccines, is planning on taking a promising vaccine – originally developed in Germany – and introducing it into the clinic. Studies have shown that the new vaccine is more effective and better tolerated than currently available options.

By signing a contract with Hannover-based Vakzine Projekt Management (VPM), Serum has secured the licence to the various patents and technologies related to the…

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Analysis Of Vical’s Allovectin-7: Best Results Ever In A Melanoma Phase 3 Trial

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immunotherapy - cancer

Vical’s (VICL) Allovectin-7 is a pure immune therapy.(1) Which means it does not directly kill cancer cells, but activates the immune system to do so. Vical will soon announce A-7 phase 3 results in Melanoma, but the mechanism of action is not specific to Melanoma, and can be used in any solid tumor cancer.(2) For this reason, I expect that Allovectin-7 will become one of the best selling cancer drugs of all time.

Allovectin-7 is a substance that is being studied as a gene therapy agent in the treatment of cancer, such as malignant melanoma. It is a plasmid/lipid complex containing the DNA sequences encoding HLA-B7 and ß2 microglobulin – two components of major histocompatibility complex (MHC, class I). It increases the ability of the immune system to recognize cancer cells and kill them.

In 1999, FDA granted Allovectin-7 orphan…

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Gene Therapy for Melanoma: Progress and Perspectives

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Schematic representation of the wild type counterpart of the typically used recombinant viral vectors. (A) Gammaretroviruses and (B) lentiviruses share similar structures, but differ greatly in their genomes and their impact on cellular function. Gag, pro, pol and env genes encode structural proteins of the capsid, protease, reverse transcriptase and envelope proteins, respectively. The additional lentiviral genes perform regulatory functions as well as alter cellular function. (C) The serotype 5 adenovirus has a protein capsid (non-enveloped) and a large, complex genome that encodes critical genes for viral replication (E1a, E1b) as well as structural and functional genes that regulate both viral and cellular activities.


Gene therapy, the therapeutic transfer of genetic information to a target cell, continues to be a promising alternative in the fight against cancer. In the case of melanoma, the use of an experimental treatment is justified since this disease is incurable in…

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Hepatitis B

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Hepatitis B

Key facts

  • Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease.
  • The virus is transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person.
  • About 600 000 people die every year due to the consequences of hepatitis B.
  • Hepatitis B is an important occupational hazard for health workers.
  • Hepatitis B is preventable with the currently available safe and effective vaccine.

Hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. It is a major global health problem. It can cause chronic liver disease and chronic infection and puts people at high risk of death from cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.

More than 240 million people have chronic (long-term) liver infections. About 600 000 people die every year due to the acute or chronic consequences of hepatitis B.

A vaccine…

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Antibody Effective Against Norovirus

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Antibody Effective Against Norovirus
Researchers have released data showing that a monoclonal antibody can neutralize human norovirus. Norovirus causes roughly 20 million cases of acute diarrhea and vomiting annually in the United States, alone. It is also responsible for roughly 800 deaths annually.



What is Norovirus?

Norovirus is a stomach bug that sets in within 10 hours of transmission and usually lasts up to three days. It is completely different from the flu in that only your stomach is affected. While most people recover completely after three days, norovirus is more serious for young children, the elderly and people with other serious health conditions. Every year 70,000 people are hospitalized and 800 deaths are caused by the virus.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of norovirus include stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Some people also experience a low-grade fever, headache and body…

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