AVANT's Partner, GlaxoSmithKline, Announces New Data Published in The Lancet Show That Rotarix Provides Sustained and Broad Protection During the First Two Years of LifeNEEDHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 26, 2007 - AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAN) today announced that new data from a large European clinical trial, published Friday in The Lancet, shows that AVANT's partner, GlaxoSmithKline's, Rotarix(R) rotavirus vaccine to be effective against the five most commonly circulating rotavirus types (G1, G2, G3, G4 ad G9). These virus types are responsible for more than 98% of rotavirus gastroenteritis (RVGE) disease in Europe during the first two years of life(2). Importantly, the protection afforded by the vaccine's two-dose schedule in infants occurs before six months of age.
In August 2007, AVANT announced that GSK's Biologics License Application (BLA) for Rotarix(R) had been accepted for review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If approved, the GSK candidate vaccine could offer completion of the rotavirus vaccination series by four months of age. The rotavirus candidate vaccine is a live-attenuated vaccine derived from the most common human rotavirus strain.
Rotarix(R) is an oral, two-dose, live attenuated vaccine against rotavirus disease in infants that was licensed in 1997 by AVANT Immunotherapeutics to GSK for worldwide commercialization. The vaccine was originally developed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Rotarix(R) is the first human rotavirus vaccine derived from a human virus strain available in the market. The vaccine, which is given orally, confers significant protection against rotavirus diarrhea. Clinical trials have shown high efficacy against the most prevalent rotavirus strains.
About AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Inc.
AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Inc. is a Massachusetts-based NASDAQ-listed company discovering and developing innovative vaccines and therapeutics that harness the human immune system to prevent and treat disease. AVANT's innovative bacterial vector delivery technologies with unique manufacturing and preservation processes offer the potential for a new generation of vaccines. AVANT has three commercialized products, including Rotarix(R) for the treatment of rotavirus and two human food safety vaccines for reducing salmonella infection in chickens and eggs. AVANT also has four product candidates in its development pipeline, an anti-inflammatory agent, TP10, and three candidates based on its oral, rapidly-protecting, single-dose and temperature-stable vaccine technology, including combination vaccines for travelers, the military and global health needs.
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1. Vesikari T., et al. Human rotavirus vaccine is highly efficacious against rotavirus gastroenteritis during the first two years of life in European infants: results of a randomized double-blinded controlled study. The Lance; 2007.
2. Van Damme P et al, Rotavirus Genotype Distribution in Europe. JID; 2007: 195 (Suppl 1): S 17.
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Posted: November 2007