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Antigen Discovery Inc. Awarded Grant for Chlamydia Vaccine Development The World's Most Prevalent Sexually-Transmitted Bacteria Phase II STTR from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


9/21/2009 9:31:55 AM

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Antigen Discovery, Inc. ("ADi", formerly ImmPORT Therapeutics, Inc.), a leading biotech company in high throughput antigen and biomarker discovery, announced today that the Company was awarded a Phase II STTR from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The $1.8 million grant will fund efforts to further test and validate novel candidate antigens discovered during the Company's successful STTR Phase I program. ADi intends to develop the novel antigens as core protective components in a vaccine against Chlamydia. ADi will collaborate with investigators in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine of School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

"ADi's high throughput proteomics approach has allowed us, for the first time, to successfully scan the entire proteome of Chlamydia trachomatis," added Dr. Luis de la Maza, the Principal Investigator on the STTR grant. "Our goal for this phase of the project is to identify a small subset of recombinant chlamydial antigens that induce strong protection against infection challenge. These antigens will be ideal candidates to develop a novel Chlamydia vaccine."

About Antigen Discovery, Inc.

Antigen Discovery, Inc. (formerly ImmPORT Therapeutics, Inc.) is a privately held biotech company with innovative technologies that offer unprecedented advantages for the rapid development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostic products. The Company's high throughput proteome microarray chip fabrication and screening platform provides an order of magnitude of improvement over current antigen and biomarker discovery technologies. The Company is also working on applying their platform to the identification of markers for autoimmune disease and cancer.

SOURCE Antigen Discovery, Inc.

CONTACT: Keith B. Hoffman, Ph.D., Head of Business Development of Antigen
Discovery, Inc., +1-949-679-4068 , khoffman@antigendiscovery.com

Web site: http://www.antigendiscovery.com/



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