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|Emergent BioSolutions Receives Development Contract from NIAID/BARDA to Fund Continued Development of Anthrax Therapeutic|
$9.5 Million Development Contract to Fund Non-Clinical and Clinical Studies of Anthrax Immune Globulin (AIG) over Next 24 Months
ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 27, 2007--Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) announced today that it has received a development contract, valued at up to $9.5 million, in support of non-clinical and clinical studies of the company's anthrax therapeutic, or AIG, product candidate. This product candidate is an immune globulin being developed as an intravenous therapeutic for treatment of patients who present with symptoms of anthrax disease following exposure to anthrax.
This development contract has been funded in whole or in part from Federal funds from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under Contract No. HHSN272200700034C.
Fuad El-Hibri, chairman and chief executive officer of Emergent BioSolutions, stated, "We are very pleased to have continuing support for AIG from NIAID and BARDA and commend the leadership throughout HHS for their commitment to funding the development of effective medical countermeasures against this deadly biological agent. With the continued development funding of our AIG candidate, in conjunction with the $448 million contract with HHS announced yesterday regarding procurement of 18.75 million doses of our BioThrax anthrax vaccine for the strategic national stockpile, we are very encouraged by the government's support of our anthrax franchise. We look forward to continuing to be a leading participant in the U.S. government's effort to build a robust domestic biodefense industry."
Under terms of the development award, the funds will be used to conduct various studies on AIG, including (i) non-clinical studies in support of efficacy; and (ii) a Phase I/II clinical study to evaluate pharmacokinetics and safety. Previously, in August 2006 the company received $3.9 million from NIAID in support of the company's AIG program. When combined with the $9.5 million under this new development award, the total amount of government funding for AIG to date is over $13 million.
About Anthrax Immune Globulin (AIG)
Emergent BioSolutions' anthrax immune globulin (AIG) is being developed as an intravenous therapeutic for treatment of patients who present with symptoms of anthrax disease resulting from the release of anthrax toxins into the body and for whom the use of the vaccine is no longer an effective option. If successfully developed, AIG could be prescribed for administration in these circumstances either as a monotherapy or in conjunction with an antibiotic.
AIG is being developed using plasma collected from healthy donors who have been vaccinated with BioThrax(R) (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed), Emergent BioSolutions' anthrax vaccine, which is the only vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of anthrax infection.
The company has collected a sufficient amount of plasma to initiate manufacturing of AIG under cGMP using a validated and approved process. This manufacturing process entails fractionating the plasma and purifying the immune globulin. The company has signed an exclusive license with Talecris Biotherapeutics, Inc., a North Carolina-based biopharmaceutical company and leading fractionation provider, to fractionate, purify and fill AIG at Talecris' FDA-approved facilities. To date, the first full-scale lot of AIG has been manufactured under cGMP requirements at Talecris. The company has scheduled plans to complete a second full-scale lot of AIG.
About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.
Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to one simple mission--to protect life. We develop, manufacture and commercialize immunobiotics, consisting of vaccines and therapeutics that assist the body's immune system to prevent or treat disease. Our biodefense business focuses on immunobiotics for use against biological agents that are potential weapons of bioterrorism and biowarfare. Our marketed product, BioThrax(R) (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed), is the only vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of anthrax infection. Our commercial business focuses on immunobiotics for use against infectious diseases and other medical conditions that have resulted in significant unmet or underserved public health needs. More information on the company is available at www.emergentbiosolutions.com.
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