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Biovest’s Chairman and CEO, Dr. Steven Arikian, stated, “Congressman James McGovern (D-MA, Third District) and his staff have been wonderful to work with. We have been very impressed with Congressman McGovern’s personal commitment in the fight against cancer, and his leadership will ensure that the latest cancer immunotherapy technology gets to military personnel and their dependents expeditiously.”
“The U.S. military in recent years has actually been leading the field in cancer immunotherapy research,” Dr. Arikian added. “Biovest is proud that its cancer vaccine enabling technology, AutovaxID, will be a major part of the Defense Department’s efforts in the national and international fight against cancer.”
According to Dr. Arikian, the federal research funds are planned to be used to conduct groundbreaking research with life-saving applications for the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans, and civilians. "Currently, we are utilizing AutovaxID™ to manufacture our proprietary personalized anti-cancer vaccine (BiovaxID®) targeting B-cell blood cancers, such as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. With this expected critical funding support, we intend to further develop AutovaxID to be capable of growing patient-specific cells that could be used to rebuild damaged tissue or organs. The potential applications following trauma or injury are numerous, such as for the production of autologous skin for burn repair, growth of bone for fracture repair, and/or the production of tissue for plastic reconstruction of severe injuries."
The funds are being provided in the Defense Department’s Title VI, Defense Health Program’s Research and Development Account in the Defense Appropriations Conference Report. President Bush signed the Continuing Resolution, which included the research funds on September 30, 2008.
By automating the biomanufacturing process, and using single-use, closed-system disposable bioreactors, AutovaxID dramatically cuts the need for supervision, thus also minimizing error-prone manual monitoring and adjustments. Its capabilities actually reduce the need for large, expensive production facilities, including costly isolation suites and clean rooms. Biovest is positioning AutovaxID as a critically important platform technology which allows manufacturers of specialized protein-based drugs to streamline the production process, allowing for the faster and cheaper production of their products, using less manpower, while continuing to adhere with stringent regulatory standards.
BiovaxID is a personalized, patient-specific therapeutic vaccine designed to stimulate the patient's own immune system to recognize and destroy cancerous B-cells that may remain in the body or may arise after the patient has been treated with chemotherapy. Unlike many other approaches to treating non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, BiovaxID is designed to kill only cancerous B-cells, with the initial indication of follicular Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Additionally, we anticipate that BiovaxID could potentially be used to treat other types of B-cell cancers, such as Mantle Cell Lymphoma, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma.
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