Hawaii Patent of the Month – November 2021
Hawaii Biotech Inc. is a biotechnology company targeting infectious diseases. Their R&D efforts work towards vaccines for established and emerging infectious diseases. One vein of focus is targeted towards the eradication of West Nile Virus (WNV). They have recently patented a vaccine designed to protect humans from disease caused by this virus.
WNV is a mosquito-borne member of the family Flaviviridae that has emerged in recent years to become a serious public health threat. Hawaii Biotech’s vaccine combines a recombinant subunit protein derived from the WNV envelope protein and a TLR-4 agonist. TLR-4 has previously been evaluated pre-clinically as components of vaccine adjuvants . This adjuvant is parto fa group of TLRs – or toll-like receptors – which engage the innate immune system to stimulate a more robust and durable adaptive immune response. When joined with a purified WNV envelope polypeptide, the vaccine can target and mount an effective immune response against WNV – protecting the vaccinated individual. The vaccine has proven to be effective in mouse models up to 300 days following a single immunization.
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