TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oragenics, Inc. (NYSE American: OGEN) (“Oragenics” or the “Company”), a biotech company dedicated to fighting infectious diseases including coronavirus, today announced that Kimberly Murphy, a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, will attend the upcoming World Vaccine Congress Washington that will be held on April 18-22 to showcase the Company’s lead product, NT-CoV2-1, an intranasal vaccine candidate, and to pursue business development opportunities.
The NT-CoV2-1 intranasal vaccine program approach is focused on patient-friendly administration, reducing transmission through a mucosal immune response, and to provide long-lasting protection. As a recombinant protein and adjunctive vaccine, NT-CoV2-1 is differentiated compared to live-attenuated intranasal vaccines candidates that may cause greater side effects and harder to produce. Animal models have demonstrated NT-CoV2-1 intranasal formulation induced robust immune responses, lowering the viral load below detection of the assay in the nasal passages and the lungs. Currently, an IND-enabling GLP toxicology study is ongoing. The Company expects to initiate a first-in-human Phase 1 trial in previously vaccinated healthy adults this year.
Ms. Murphy joined Oragenic’s Board of Directors in 2020 and actively provides vital insight to the Company’s strategic corporate and development objectives. Formerly, she served in a variety of vaccine-related leadership roles within GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK). While with GSK, Ms. Murphy led the global influenza vaccine and pandemic preparedness businesses and was responsible for the strategic and prelaunch planning for multiple development-stage vaccines through commercialization. Earlier in her career, she worked in commercialization roles within Merck and Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc. Ms. Murphy currently serves as a director of Blue Water Vaccines, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWV) and as a director (chairperson) of Clarus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: CRXT).
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About Oragenics, Inc.
Oragenics, Inc. is a development-stage company dedicated to fighting infectious diseases including coronaviruses and multidrug-resistant organisms. Its lead product is NT-CoV2-1, an intranasal vaccine candidate to prevent COVID-19 and variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The NT-CoV2-1 program leverages coronavirus spike protein research licensed from the NIH and the NRC with a focus on reducing viral transmission and offering a more patient-friendly intranasal administration. Its lantibiotics program features a novel class of antibiotics against bacteria that have developed resistance to commercial antibiotics. For more information about Oragenics, please visit www.oragenics.com.
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