PaxVax Inc, which develops and commercializes innovative vaccines against infectious diseases in a socially responsible manner today announced results from a Phase 1 clinical trial of PaxVax's single-dose oral cholera vaccine candidate at the 2012 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The results were presented by the company's collaborator, Dr. Wilbur Chen of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The vaccine candidate, PXVX0200 (also known as CVD 103-HgR), was found to be well tolerated and immunogenic.
“Safety and immunogenicity of a single-dose live oral cholera vaccine strain CVD 103-HgR prepared from new master and working cell banks.”
Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by toxigenic Vibrio cholerae bacteria, generally acquired by ingesting contaminated water or food. According to the World Health Organization, the global disease burden is estimated to be 3-5 million cases and 100,000-130,000 deaths per year.
PaxVax's vaccine candidate PXVX0200 is a single-dose, oral, live, attenuated cholera vaccine. This single-dose vaccine is the same attenuated vaccine strain, CVD 103-HgR, that was previously approved and marketed in six countries under the brand name "Orochol or Mutacol." No vaccine for cholera is currently available in the United States and cholera vaccines available outside the U.S. require a two-dose regimen. A single-dose vaccine regimen would be more convenient for travellers, especially for those traveling on short notice, and can help improve compliance and reduce number of physician visits.
In the Phase 1 trial, a single oral dose of PXVX0200 was highly immunogenic; overall, seroconversion to vibriocidal antibody occurred in 89% of vaccinees by day 14. Onset of immune response induced by the vaccine was also rapid, with 80% of subjects demonstrating seroconversion by 10 days after administration. The vaccine was well tolerated; adverse events were infrequent, and generally mild and comparable to placebo. These data are in line with expectations based on historical clinical trial results with previous formulations of CVD 103-HgR.