CEVEC and Vakzine Projekt Management: License Agreement on the Clinical Development of Cytomegalovirus Vaccine

08-Jan-2013 - Germany

CEVEC Pharmaceuticals (CEVEC), the developer of the CAP® Technology, a novel human expression system derived from amniocytes, and VPM – Vakzine Projekt Management GmbH announced the signing of an license agreement on VPM’s proprietary human CMV dense body technology.

CAP® Technology is based on an immortalized human cell line for vaccine and protein production developed by CEVEC for industrial use. The serum-free suspension culture of this proprietary cell line allows for high virus yields for a broad variety of human pathogenic viruses. CAP® cells are suited to produce vaccines against challenging viral targets like human CMV. The non-infectious dense bodies are considered to be one of the new CMV vaccine approaches since they result in efficient and long-lasting immunity. The CMV dense body project is foreseen to enter clinical development within the next 18 months. CEVEC receives word-wide development and commercialization rights from VPM and VPM will substantially contribute by taking over development project management services for the project. The inventor of the CMV dense body technology, Prof. Dr. Plachter, an internationally reputed CMV expert, actively supports in the project as leading scientific expert.

“It is a great success story in translational research for VPM and Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research that we were able to bring this early stage vaccine project from academia to industry. With the out-licensing of the CMV dense body project to CEVEC, VPM could again demonstrate that its translational business model is instrumental in developing promising vaccine candidates to a stage of maturity where they can envisage a full pharma development. Cooperating with Cevec will help this potentially live-saving vaccine to tap its full potential”, added Dr. Bernd Eisele CEO of VPM.

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