GeoVax awarded $3.6m for HIV/AIDS #vaccine program
GeoVax, an Atlanta-based, biopharmaceutical firm developing vaccines to prevent and fight Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections, today announced receipt of a $3.6 million annual notice of award for the Integrated Preclinical/Clinical AIDS Vaccine Development (IPCAVD) Grant supporting GeoVax’s HIV/AIDS vaccine program.
This grant was originally awarded in 2007 to GeoVax by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease (NIH-NIAID), an agency of the U.S. Government. Only meritorious HIV/AIDS prevention vaccine candidates are considered to receive an IPCAVD award.
This most recent annual award represents the fifth year’s award, bringing the aggregate award to date to $19.6 million. GeoVax will utilize this funding to further production of its GM-CSF adjuvanted vaccine for planned human clinical trials.
"This award will allow us to maintain momentum on the successful development of our GM-CSF adjuvanted vaccine," said Harriet Robinson, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of GeoVax and Program Director for the Award. "Depending on FDA submission schedules, we anticipate beginning a Phase 1 clinical trial within the next six months.”
This certainly represents a giant leap forward for HIV/AIDS vaccine research, Harriet Robinson goes on to say that, “Prevention of infection is the ultimate goal. There is widespread enthusiasm and desire for a vaccine that provides the promise for prevention of infection."