New Technologies, New Vaccines Conference Provides Opportunity to Share New Advancements in Combating Emerging Infectious Diseases, Including Ebola

NEWARK, Del.--()--More than 100 scientists, business leaders and regulatory agency representatives from around the world will convene at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, DE from March 22–25, 2015 for the 10th anniversary of the New Technologies, New Vaccines conference, to share advancements in the fight against deadly diseases and prevention of potential epidemics including chikungunya, dengue, Ebola, influenza and HIV.

The 3-day conference brings together leaders from business and industry, academia and government to discuss latest developments in therapeutic treatments and life-saving vaccines. The event is organized by Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology (CMB), located at the Delaware Technology Park in Newark, Delaware, in cooperation with the International Association for Biological Standardization (IABS), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Initiated in 2006, the conference explores how new technologies are enhancing our ability to identify and design new vaccine candidates, develop safe and effective vaccine formulations using improved drug-enhancing agents and delivery mechanisms, and providing innovative manufacturing platforms to produce vaccines more safely, quickly and economically than traditional approaches.

“With the growing global demand for vaccines and other biologics, the need for new high-performance technologies for vaccine identification, design, development and manufacturing is critical,” explained Fraunhofer USA CMB Executive Director Dr. Vidadi Yusibov.

One such bio-manufacturing platform is plants - highlighted in recent efforts by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for manufacturing the Ebola monoclonal antibody-based therapeutic, ZMAPP.

“During the conference, we will share new knowledge and facilitate discussions and potential collaborations among representatives from academic research, government and industry fostering additional discoveries and development of new tools for effective prevention of global epidemic threats,” Yusibov added.

Featured keynote speaker Kathryn Zoon, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), will present on the stages of vaccine development and current challenges. Dr. Zoon provides overall executive direction and scientific leadership for the division’s basic and clinical research activities, which cover a wide range of biomedical disciplines related to infectious diseases, immunology and allergy.

Additional topics planned over the 3-day conference include next generation products for prevention and treatment of auto-immune diseases such as cancer, HSV and HIV, advancements in protein expression and production methods and regulatory considerations for new technologies.

Conference registration and additional information is available online at

About Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology

Fraunhofer USA CMB, a division of Fraunhofer USA, Inc., is a not-for-profit research organization whose mission is to develop safe and effective vaccines targeting infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders. CMB’s technology provides a safe, rapid and economical alternative for vaccine production. The Center conducts research in the area of plant biotechnology, utilizing new cutting-edge technologies to assist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of human and animal diseases. The Center houses individuals with expertise and excellence in plant virology, pathology, molecular biology, immunology, vaccinology, protein engineering, and biochemistry. Fraunhofer USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest organization for applied research. Further information is available at

For press registration to attend the workshop or for additional information, contact: Dale Ervin, Fraunhofer USA CMB at 302-369-3034 or


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Vaccine Innovators Convene in Delaware


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Dale Ervin, 302-369-3034