Inovio Affiliate GeneOne Files Investigational New Drug Application
No vaccine exists for MERS virus, which has killed 40% of those infected
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Oct. 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GeneOne Life Science Inc. (KSE:011000), which partnered with Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: INO) to develop Inovio's MERS vaccine (GLS-5300), today announced the filing of an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for GLS-5300 with the United States Food and Drug Administration. The companies expect to move the MERS vaccine into a phase I clinical trial in healthy volunteers before year end.
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is caused by a coronavirus that is related to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus that over 10 years ago infected over 8,000 people, with a 10% death rate. There is no vaccine or effective treatment against MERS, which spreads from human to human. Since 2012, MERS has infected over 1,500 people and killed almost 600 (40%). Recently, the largest outbreak outside of Saudi Arabia of this emergent global health concern infected 186 people with 36 fatalities in South Korea.
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