Investment from the White Rose Technology Seedcorn Fund (WRTSF) - the venture capital fund owned by the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York (UK) - has funded the completion of a series of significant technical milestones in the development of a new family of `immunologically-rational` adjuvants for vaccines, which are materially very different from the existing adjuvants based on aluminium salts and bacterial cell wall components.
Sheffield-based life science company Adjuvantix Ltd is now well positioned in its ambition to enter the $5 billion vaccine market(i).
The patented technology produces adjuvants that have greater effectiveness and no harmful side effects - addressing the key hurdles(ii) that have been preventing the development of vaccines for the infectious diseases such as hepatitis-B, hepatitis-C and HIV. Moreover the novel adjuvants should enable a new generation of therapeutic and prophylactic vaccines for chronic, non-infectious diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and stroke.
David Gough | alfa
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