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All Penny News: More Strides Made in Protecting Against Ebola Virus


Mississauga, ON -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/09/2015 -- Media, Inc. ( announces its latest article titled "More Strides Made in Protecting Against Ebola Virus."

Companies mentioned in this article include Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INO), Cepheid (NASDAQ:CPHD) and Aethlon Medical (OTCQB:AEMD).

Article Excerpt:

Months after estimating that the Ebola outbreak in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia could exceed one million patients at the blistering pace it was going, the scare has been dramatically reduced and the worst-ever Ebola outbreak involves far less risk. The latest data from the World Health Organization (updated April 8, 2015) shows there have been 25,516 Ebola cases reported in the three countries, including 10,573 deaths.

In light of the extremely high mortality rate, the outbreak certainly created awareness of the need for new drugs to treat Ebola. Notably, Profectus BioSciences, a private company specializing in vaccines made from vesicular stomatitis virus, was featured this week in Nature for its single-dose VesiculoVax vaccine that protected macaques from a lethal dose of the Mokona strain of Ebola that is responsible for the West African outbreak.

Elsewhere, Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INO) said on Wednesday that it has been selected to receive a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, to lead a collaborative team in a $45-million program to develop multiple treatment and prevention approaches against Ebola. In the diagnostics space, Cepheid 's (NASDAQ:CPHD) Xpert Ebola Assay was recently granted the Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA to detect the presence of Ebola Zaire Virus in a person's blood.

Aethlon Medical (OTCQB:AEMD), which we discussed in an article last September for its efforts against the dengue virus, said on Thursday that it has filed a Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) submission to the FDA to support potential market clearance of the Aethlon Hemopurifier as a treatment for Ebola virus. According to the FDA website, an HUD is a device that is intended to benefit patients by treating or diagnosing a disease or condition that affects or is manifested in fewer than 4,000 individuals in the United States per year.

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