NESS ZIONA, Israel, August 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: BVXV) (TASE: BVXV) announced today that the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), formerly known as the Office of the Chief Scientist, agreed to fund upto 40% of a NIS 2.7 million (approximately US$ 750,000) budget towards ongoing development of M-001, the Company's Universal Flu Vaccine candidate.
In six previously completed human clinical trials, including the recently completed Phase 2b trial held in Europe, BiondVax's M-001 was shown to be safe and immunogenic towards multiple flu strains. Including today's grant approval, since 2006 the IIA has granted over US$ 6 million in funding to BiondVax. The non-dilutive grants will become repayable from royalties generated from future sales of BiondVax's vaccine, once commercially available on the market.
Dr. Tammy Ben-Yedidia, Chief Scientific Officer of BiondVax commented, "The ongoing support of our program by the IIA is proof of their long-term confidence in BiondVax's innovative flu vaccine. This grant, together with other generous recently approved financing to the company, brings us closer to launching a Phase 3 clinical trial."
About BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd
BiondVax is a clinical phase biopharmaceutical company developing a universal flu vaccine. The vaccine is designed to provide multi-season protection against most seasonal and pandemic human influenza virus strains. BiondVax's proprietary technology utilizes a unique combination of conserved and common peptides from influenza virus proteins, activating both arms of the immune system for a cross-protecting and long-lasting effect. BiondVax is traded on NASDAQ: BVXV and TASE: BVXV. Please visit http://www.biondvax.com.
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1. BiondVax Reports Positive Phase 2b Clinical Trial Results for its Universal Flu Vaccine. http://www.biondvax.com/2017/07/biondvax-reports-positive-phase-2b-clinical-trial-results-for-its-universal-flu-vaccine/
2. European Investment Bank (EIB) supports Late-Stage Development and Production of BiondVax's Universal Flu Vaccine Candidate under Horizon 2020 Initiative http://www.biondvax.com/2017/06/european-investment-bank-eib-supports-late-stage-development-and-production-of-biondvaxs-universal-flu-vaccine-candidate-under-horizon-2020-initiative/
3. BiondVax Approved for Grant from Israel's Ministry of Economy and Industry to Build Facility for Commercial Scale Production of its Universal Flu Vaccine http://www.biondvax.com/2017/03/biondvax-approved-for-grant-from-israels-ministry-of-economy-and-industry-to-build-facility-for-commercial-scale-production-of-its-universal-flu-vaccine/
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