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Clinical development of a VAR2CSA-based placental malaria vaccine

Objective

Placental malaria, a special form of malaria targeting pregnant women, causes the death of 200,000 infants and 10,000 pregnant women each year. Placental malaria has no sustainable cure. The overall success criterion of the proposed project is to enable the manufacture of a vaccine, which protects fetus and mother against the adverse effects of malaria during pregnancy. Administered to women before they get pregnant the vaccine should induce antibodies that prevent the binding of malaria parasites in the placenta. Vaccine development is facilitated by the availability of an in vitro assay that predicts clinical immunity. With this proposal, we seek funding to produce the first placental malaria vaccine and perform the first clinical studies in humans. In parallel, we will prepare a field site and a protocol for a phase II study in African women. The partners behind the application have secured funding for ongoing work to down-select the current VAR2CSA lead antigens and to produce GLP batch protein for toxicology studies in animals, prior to the initiation of the work proposed here. Under the proposed FP7 project an SME, ExpreS2ion Biotechnologies will optimize production and purification of the vaccine. ExpreS2ion Biotechnologies operates a unique expression platform and this project will enable the company to expand their business into downstream process development. The academic partners are strong. Researchers at University of Copenhagen, (UCPH) originally discovered the vaccine protein and they have been collaborating with Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD) and Université d'Abomey-Calavi (UAC) to optimize vaccine antigens and to prepare sites for clinical testing. The European Vaccine Initiative (EVI) will provide product management and coordinate execution of the phase I clinical trial. Thus, this study will provide a product to continue into efficacy studies in Africa, which could be initiated shortly after the end of the project.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease/malaria
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/toxicology
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/embryology

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2012-INNOVATION-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 096 620
Administrative Contact
Tine Mathiesen (Ms.)

Participants (5)

EXPRES2ION BIOTECHNOLOGIES APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 996 648
Address
Agern Alle 1
2970 Horsholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Willem Adriaan De Jongh (Dr.)
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 488 960
Address
Boulevard De Dunkerque 44 Cs 90009
13572 Marseille
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean Albergel (Mr.)
EUROPEAN VACCINE INITIATIVE EWIV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 435 296,58
Address
Vossstrasse 2 Geb 4040
69115 Heidelberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sten Larsen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE D'ABOMEY-CALAVI
Benin
EU contribution
€ 904 056
Address
Campus Universitaires D Abomey
01 Abomey Calavi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cynel Kahoun (Mr.)
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 013 400
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefanie Bolte (Dr.)