FluGen Inc., announced today that it has been awarded a grant of $14.4 million through the DOD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program’s (PRMRP) mechanism to conduct clinical challenge-studies against mismatched influenza strains with its lead universal flu vaccine, RedeeFlu™.
Under the three-year award, FluGen will conduct two challenge-studies with RedeeFlu™. In these studies, half of the participants will be vaccinated and half will receive a placebo but all will subsequently be infected with an influenza virus. The goal of these studies is to show that, unlike currently available vaccines in the United States, RedeeFlu™ can protect against infection in a mismatched vaccine-flu virus combination. In addition, the award will be used to look for correlates of immunity or biological markers that demonstrate that RedeeFlu™ vaccine will work in a given population.
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