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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:03 am    Post subject: Research team gets $12M grant Reply with quote

The award represents the second phase of a program run by the research and development arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, which is searching for a flexible technology that can produce vaccines for threats like pandemic flu and biological weapons within weeks.

With the Phase II grant, the team will have a year to develop its GMP production processes before facing "live-fire" testing from DARPA. Yusibov said the agency will send Fraunhofer a vaccine target, after which the group will have three months to produce enough vaccine material for three million doses at low cost.

Fraunhofer's technology uses tobacco plants to produce target proteins for use in vaccines. Other research groups have explored producing vaccine materials from fungi, mushrooms and crustaceans

The grant is the second major award this year for Fraunhofer, which announced in January that it received $8.7 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a vaccine for bird flu. Fraunhofer Executive Director Vidadi Yusibov said the research group expects to add at least 10 scientists to its staff of about 80 thanks to the grants.

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