Novavax Announces Publication Of Results From H5N1 Influenza Virus-Like Particle Vaccine. Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 September 2011 19:50
Below is a look at some of the headlines for companies that made news in the healthcare sector on September 8, 2011.

Novavax, Inc.  (NASDAQ:NVAX)
, announced new safety, immunogenicity and cross-reactivity results from a Phase I/IIa clinical study of the Company's H5N1 influenza virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine candidate that was conducted in 2008.

According to the report in the current issue of Journal of Virology, Novavax's VLP-based vaccine targeted against a highly pathogenic avian H5N1 influenza virus was well-tolerated, produced no vaccine-related serious adverse events and induced neutralizing antibodies that were cross-reactive with different avian A/H5N1 influenza viruses.

This is the first report of a unadjuvanted vaccine inducing cross-reactive neutralizing antibodies against multiple clades of H5N1 influenza virus. Novavax's A/H5N1 VLP influenza vaccine candidate was administered to 230 adults immunized with two injections of 15, 45 or 90 micrograms of vaccine; the 2008 study was blinded, randomized and placebo-controlled.

Recent analyses show that there was a dose-related immune response and 40%, 57% and 61% of the subjects developed a four-fold or higher increase in hemagglutination inhibition (HAI) and 39%, 52% and 76% of the subjects developed a four-fold rise in microneutralizing (MN) antibodies to the 15, 45 and 90 microgram dose, respectively.


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Abbott (NYSE: ABT) announced today that it was included on both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and North America Index for the seventh consecutive year.

Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (“ACT”; OTCBB: ACTC), a leader in the field of regenerative medicine, announced today that the company’s chairman and CEO, Gary Rabin, will be presenting at two upcoming conferences: the Rodman & Renshaw 13th Annual Healthcare Conference in New York and Terrapinn’s Stem Cells USA & Regenerative Medicine Congress 2011 in Boston.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALNY), a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today that it has selected its fourth program in its ‘Alnylam 5x15’ initiative: ALN-APC, an RNAi therapeutic targeting protein C for the treatment of hemophilia.

BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ: BLRX) (TASE: BLRX), a biopharmaceutical development company, today announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Kinneret Savitsky, and its Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Philip Serlin, will be presenting at the 2011 Rodman and Renshaw Annual Global Investment Conference in New York.

Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCBB: CORX) President and CEO, Mark A. Varney, Ph.D., will present at Rodman & Renshaw’s 13th Annual Healthcare Conferenceat 4:55 PM (EST) on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in the Starlight South Salon at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Maxygen, Inc. (Nasdaq:MAXY), a biotechnology company, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved an increase to the company’s current stock repurchase program from $10.0 million to $20.0 million.

Medical Marijuana Inc (OTC: MJNA)
is pleased to announce that it has finished the transition and integration of new management.

Neoprobe Corporation (NYSE Amex: NEOP), a diversified developer of innovative oncology surgical and diagnostic products, today announced that Dr. Mark Pykett, Neoprobe’s President and Chief Executive Officer, will deliver a presentation to institutional investors at 3:15 PM ET, Monday, September 12, 2011 at the Rodman & Renshaw Annual Global Investment Conference, taking place at The Waldorf-Astoria, New York.

NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: NPSP)
, a specialty pharmaceutical company developing innovative therapeutics for rare gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders, announced that data about hypoparathyroidism will be presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) in San Diego, CA, September 16-20, 2011.

Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL), a global leader in filtration, separation and purification, today inaugurated its Pall Life Sciences Centre of Excellence in Singapore, the latest addition to the company’s global customer support network.

PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP), a Hopkinton, Massachusetts-based leader in imaging and detection solutions for life sciences research, diagnostics and environmental markets, for $10.50 per share, for a total net purchase price of approximately $600 million in cash.

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced that nine abstracts about tofacitinib (development code CP-690,550), an investigational, novel, oral JAK inhibitor being studied for the treatment of moderate-to-severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), will be presented at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting, which is being held November 5-9 in Chicago.

POZEN Inc. (NASDAQ: POZN), a pharmaceutical company committed to transforming medicine that transforms lives, announced today that John R. Plachetka, Pharm.D., the Company’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the 2011 UBS Global Life Sciences Conference on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. (ET), at the Grand Hyatt New York.

Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: RNN), a clinical stage pharmaceutical company developing and commercializing potential best in class oncology and CNS therapeutics, today announced that it will present at the Rodman & Renshaw 13th Annual Healthcare Conference on September 12, 2011, at 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, NY.

Seattle Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGEN) announced today that management will present at the following upcoming investor conferences.

Unigene Laboratories, Inc. (OTCBB: UGNE) a leader in the design, delivery, manufacture and development of peptide-based therapeutics announced today that Ashleigh Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer will be presenting a corporate overview at the Rodman & Renshaw Annual Global Investment Conference.



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