VBI Vaccines Inc. (Nasdaq: VBIV) (TSX: VBV) (“VBI”) today announced that, following a review of safety data from the limited safety immunization period, the Data Safety Monitoring Board (“DSMB”) has no objection to VBI continuing with the enrollment of participants across all sites and dose groups in the Phase I clinical study to evaluate its preventative cytomegalovirus (“CMV”) vaccine candidate.
“We are grateful to the DSMB for their oversight of this study and pleased to continue enrollment as planned,” said Dr. Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, M.D., Ph.D., VBI’s Chief Medical Officer. “We are encouraged by the progress we are making in the Phase I trial, which is expected to last 20 months with preliminary results anticipated in the first half of 2017.”
The Phase I study is designed to assess the safety and tolerability of VBI’s CMV vaccine candidate in approximately 125 healthy CMV-negative adults. The study will also measure levels of vaccine-induced CMV neutralizing antibodies that may prevent CMV infection. VBI will continue to share clinical trial safety data with Health Canada periodically throughout the study. Additional information, including a detailed description of the study design, eligibility criteria, and investigator sites, is available at ClinicalTrials.gov using identifier NCT02826798.
CMV can cause serious disease in newborns when a mother is infected during pregnancy. Each year, approximately 5,000 U.S. infants will develop permanent problems due to CMV, which can include deafness, blindness, and mental retardation1. CMV affects more live births than Down syndrome or fetal alcohol syndrome2, making it a key public health priority and a strong candidate for recommended universal vaccination and reimbursement3.
“Congenital CMV infection is a leading cause of serious birth defects in the U.S. and globally,” said Jeff Baxter, VBI’s President and CEO. “Each year, thousands of newborns and their families are impacted by this devastating disease. We believe that developing a vaccine to prevent CMV offers the best chance of substantially eliminating congenital CMV infection and the resulting birth defects.”
To learn more about VBI’s CMV vaccine program, visit: http://www.vbivaccines.com/cmv/
- Cannon, M. J., and K. F. Davis. 2005. Washing our hands of the congenital cytomegalovirus disease epidemic. BMC Public Health 5:70
- Stratton KR et al, Committee to Study Priorities for Vaccine Development, Inst. of Med.; Washington, DC
VBI Vaccines Inc. (“VBI”) is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a next generation of vaccines to address unmet needs in infectious disease and immuno-oncology. VBI’s first marketed product is Sci-B-Vac™, a hepatitis B (“HBV”) vaccine that mimics all three viral surface antigens of the hepatitis B virus; Sci-B-Vac is approved for use in Israel and 14 other countries. VBI’s eVLP Platform technology allows for the development of enveloped (“e”) virus-like particle (“VLP”) vaccines that closely mimic the target virus to elicit a potent immune response. VBI is advancing a pipeline of eVLP vaccines, with lead programs in cytomegalovirus (“CMV”) and glioblastoma multiforme (“GBM”). VBI is also advancing its LPV™ Thermostability Platform, a proprietary formulation and process that allows vaccines and biologics to preserve stability, potency, and safety. VBI is headquartered in Cambridge, MA with research operations in Ottawa, Canada and research and manufacturing facilities in Rehovot, Israel.
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