Press Release; Berlin, March 26, 2008
MOLOGEN AG: Grant application achieves maximum score in EU funding program
The Berlin-based biotechnology company MOLOGEN AG announced today, that a grant application to the 7th EU Framework Program has been reviewed with maximum possible score. The project to develop a prophylactic and therapeutic vaccination against visceral leishmaniasis, a severe and often fatal infectious disease, reached the ideal score following international scientific peer review. Such reviewing score will favour a negotiating position with the EU.
Under the auspices of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in this project MOLOGEN will be collaborating with experts from Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Tunisia, UK and USA. MOLOGEN's role in the project would be to work on the optimization of the MIDGE�-based vaccine, produce the vaccine and conduct pre-clinical safety tests.
Leishmaniasis is among the key indications of MOLOGEN´s development program for MIDGE�-based DNA vaccines. A MIDGE�-based DNA vaccine against leishmaniasis in companion animals is currently subject of an advanced clinical development program, conducted by an undisclosed worldwide leading animal health company.
Parasites of the genus Leishmania, the pathogens causing the disease leishmaniasis, are transmitted by the bites of sandflies from animals to humans or among human beings. With high prevalence, leishmaniasis occurs in regions of subtropical and Mediterranean climate.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified different forms of leishmaniasis as an emerging and neglected disease. To develop new and more effective therapeutics and prophylactic vaccines against leishmaniasis, a number of multi-national research programs has been launched.
MOLOGEN AG, a biopharmaceutical company based in Berlin, specializes in the research and development of innovative medicines based on DNA structures (DNA: deoxyribonucleic acid).
Its patented DNA-based technology platforms MIDGE® and dSLIM® form a universal foundation with a wide range of possible applications. Activities focus on product developments for the treatment of cancer and vaccines for serious infections in humans and animals.
MOLOGEN was founded in 1998 and was the first German biotechnology company to go public. MOLOGEN AG shares are listed in the General Standard of Deutsche Börse (ISIN DE 0006637200).
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