VBI Vaccines Inc. (Nasdaq: VBIV) (VBI), a biopharmaceutical company driven by immunology in the pursuit of powerful prevention and treatment of disease, today announced that two abstracts featuring data from the Company’s prophylactic and therapeutic hepatitis B (HBV) candidates have been accepted for presentation at The Digital International Liver Congress™ 2021 (ILC), the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), taking place June 23-26, 2021.
The presentation details are as follows:
Late-Breaker e-Poster Presentation : VBI-2601 (BRII-179) HBV Immunotherapeutic Candidate
- Abstract Number: PO-2575
- Presentation Title: Restoration of HBV-specific immune responses with therapeutic vaccine BRII-179 (VBI-2601) in chronic HBV patients in a phase 1b/2a study
- Presenter: Man-Fung Yuen, DSc, M.D., Ph.D, Professor of Medicine at the Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation, Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Deputy Head of the Department of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong, Deputy Chief of Service of the Department of Medicine at Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong and the Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong
e-Poster Presentation : VBI’s Prophylactic 3-Antigen HBV Vaccine Candidate
- Abstract Number: 420
- Presentation Title: A 3-antigen prophylactic hepatitis B virus vaccine confers rapid onset of protection in young adults, age 18-45, compared to a single-antigen hepatitis B virus vaccine
- Presenter: Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, M.D., Ph.D., VBI’s Chief Medical Officer
About Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is one of the world’s most significant infectious disease threats with more than 290 million people infected globally. HBV infection is the leading cause of liver disease and, with current treatments, it is very difficult to cure, with many patients going on to develop liver cancers. An estimated 900,000 people die each year from complications of chronic HBV such as liver decompensation, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma.
About VBI-2601 (BRII-179)
VBI-2601 (BRII-179) is a novel recombinant, protein-based HBV immunotherapeutic candidate that builds upon the 3-antigen conformation of VBI’s prophylactic 3-antigen HBV vaccine candidate, and is designed to target enhanced B-cell and T-cell immunity. VBI-2601 (BRII-179) is being developed in collaboration with Brii Biosciences in the licensed territory of China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan as part of a potential functional cure for chronic hepatitis B infection.
About VBI’s 3-Antigen Hepatitis B Vaccine
VBI’s vaccine candidate is a 3-antigen hepatitis B vaccine, comprised of the S, pre-S1, and pre-S2 surface antigens of the hepatitis B virus, and is approved for use and commercially available in Israel. In December 2017, VBI initiated patient dosing in a global Phase 3 clinical program that consisted of two concurrent pivotal studies: PROTECT, a safety and immunogenicity study, and CONSTANT, a lot-to-lot consistency study. Data from both the PROTECT study and the CONSTANT study, which were announced in June 2019 and January 2020, respectively, comprise the basis for the regulatory submissions in the U.S. and Europe, which were submitted in November 2020, and for Canada and the U.K., which are in process. This vaccine is sold under the name Sci-B-Vac® in Israel.
To learn more about VBI’s 3-Antigen Hepatitis B vaccine candidate visit: https://www.vbivaccines.com/sci-b-vac/
About VBI Vaccines Inc.
VBI Vaccines Inc. (“VBI”) is a biopharmaceutical company driven by immunology in the pursuit of powerful prevention and treatment of disease. Through its innovative approach to virus-like particles (“VLPs”), including a proprietary enveloped VLP (“eVLP”) platform technology, VBI develops vaccine candidates that mimic the natural presentation of viruses, designed to elicit the innate power of the human immune system. VBI is committed to targeting and overcoming significant infectious diseases, including hepatitis B, coronaviruses, and cytomegalovirus (CMV), as well as aggressive cancers including glioblastoma (GBM). VBI is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with research operations in Ottawa, Canada, and a research and manufacturing site in Rehovot, Israel.
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