Cangene Announces New Anthrax Project
TORONTO & WINNIPEG, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cangene today announces that it will process plasma to be collected from anthrax-vaccinated military personnel. The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that the military will support a Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) effort to create a new antibody-based medication against anthrax. An anthrax immune globulin (AIG) could become a critical medical countermeasure in the event of an anthrax attack. Cangene is a leader in developing hyperimmune products and had already identified anthrax as a target. The Company will work with plasma-donation centers in Clarksville, TN, near the army installation of Fort Campbell, KY, and other locations at a later date.
Hyperimmunes are highly purified antibodies that react specifically with their target. Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore- forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Due to the hardiness of infectious spores, anthrax is considered to be a Category A biological agent.
Cangene is one of Canada's largest biotechnology companies. It was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Cangene carries out research and development in Mississauga, Ontario and Winnipeg. It uses patented manufacturing processes to produce plasma-derived and recombinant therapeutic proteins. In addition to two approved products, Cangene now has three products that have been submitted for regulatory review, and a significant clinical trial program including human growth hormone, which is nearing regulatory submission. Cangene is also expanding its contract research and manufacturing businesses using its drug-manufacturing expertise and the resources of Chesapeake Biological Laboratories, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary). The Company's internationally-compliant, ISO 9001-registered manufacturing facilities are located in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Baltimore, Maryland. Cangene's website, http://www.cangene.com/, includes product and investor information, including past news releases. Chesapeake's website is http://www.cblinc.com/.
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