VBI Vaccines Inc. (Nasdaq: VBIV) (“VBI”) is proud to announce its continued sponsorship support of Le Classique, the Canadian CMV Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser. Now in its fourth year, Le Classique is a 3-on-3 ball hockey tournament being held in Winnipeg, Canada on February 5th and 6th, 2016, in support of cytomegalovirus (“CMV”) awareness.
“We’re thrilled to be supporting Rob Tetrault and the Canadian CMV Foundation’s efforts to promote CMV awareness and prevention strategies,” said Jeff Baxter, VBI’s President and CEO. “VBI maintains strong ties to Canada – our research facilities and the majority of our workforce are located in Ottawa, Ontario. We believe that more can be done to raise the profile of CMV both in Canada and internationally.”
Le Classique, Western Canada’s largest outdoor winter ball hockey tournament, is back in Winnipeg for another year. The event will take place at Whittier Park – all funds raised will go to the Canadian CMV Foundation.
CMV is among the most common congenital infections in Canada, causing a host of prenatal developmental delays. Strategies can be employed by pregnant women and women considering pregnancy to lower their risk of congenital infection. Despite its prevalence, many women of reproductive age are not aware of the risks posed by CMV. A 2012 study published in Preventative Medicine revealed that only 7% of men and 13% of U.S. women surveyed had heard of congenital CMV.
“Until a vaccine can be developed and deployed, awareness is the best current tool we have to prevent future infections,” said Rob Tetrault, founder of the Canadian CMV Foundation. “Women contemplating pregnancy need to be made aware of the condition so they can understand and better manage potential infection risks.”
To make a contribution, or to learn more about Le Classique and the Canadian CMV Foundation, visit: http://leclassique.ca/.
VBI Vaccines Inc. (“VBI”) is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel technologies that seek to expand vaccine protection in large underserved markets. VBI’s eVLP Platform allows for the design of enveloped (“e”) virus-like particle (“VLP”) vaccines that closely mimic the target virus. VBI’s lead eVLP asset is a prophylactic cytomegalovirus (“CMV”) vaccine; VBI has initiated work for GMP manufacturing of its CMV candidate for use in formal preclinical and Phase I trials. VBI’s second platform is a thermostable technology that enables the development of vaccines and biologics that can preserve vaccine potency and withstand storage or shipment at fluctuating temperatures. VBI has completed proof of concept thermostability studies on a number of vaccine and biologic targets. VBI is headquartered in Cambridge, MA with research facilities in Ottawa, Canada.
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