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Is a measles epidemic on its way?

In Wallonia, 70 persons got infected with measles. The World Health Organization (WHO) fears that the number of infections in Europe will increase. The disease was not occurring very frequentl…

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$12 million for Univercells's vaccines

The Gosselies-based Univercells received a $12 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the development of a breakthrough vaccine manufacturing platform. The objective is to radi…

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GSK wins essenscia Innovation Award for shingles vaccine

GSK Vaccines, a world leader in vaccines based in Wavre, wins the biennial essenscia Innovation Award thanks to its candidate vaccine against shingles. The Innovation Award is the award for the mo…

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Janssen starts clinical trial with ebola vaccin

Janssen Pharmaceutica is starting the first field trials of the new Ebola vaccine in the affected regions in Sierra Leone. The pharmaceutical company wants to test whether the vaccine is safe and …

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GSK develops malaria vaccine

The Belgian division of GSK has been working for thirty years on a vaccine against the deadly infectious disease malaria. The European Medicines Agency recently released a favorable opinion on thi…

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Genticel focuses on curing HPV before it turns into cervical cancer

70% of cervical cancer cases are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) and the traditional HPV vaccines are only useful to prevent, not to treat the infection. Genticel (GTCL) is developing a solut…

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"Flanders vaccine" to assure leading position

Flemish Minister of Welfare Jo Vandeurzen launches “Flanders Vaccine” in Diepenbeek. This is a new innovation platform where knowledge centers, companies and organizatios that are active in R&D of…

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Insights

New beta cell antigens discovered in Type 1 diabetes

New beta cell antigens discovered in Type 1 diabetes

A study published just last week has unveiled several new antigens implicated in Type 1 diabetes. In an ongoing project, researchers are working to understand the immune system failures that cause…

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Curing hay fever - ASIT Biotech allergy vaccines

Curing hay fever - ASIT Biotech allergy vaccines

The sun is shining, the grass is green, but hay fever season is at its peak! Many people (myself included) will spend a lot of money on antihistamines and tissues this summer. Wouldn’t it be lovel…

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The biggest killer after malaria - How to tackle RSV?

The biggest killer after malaria - How to tackle RSV?

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) annually threatens many babies and there is currently no drug or vaccine to combat the disease. A lot of research and several clinical trials are ongoing. We spok…

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Vaccinating against cancer with dendritic cells

Vaccinating against cancer with dendritic cells

Founded as a spin-off from the French Blood Bank, PDC*line Pharma is focused on developing immunotherapeutic vaccines. These vaccines contain their proprietary and unique plasmacytoid dendritic ce…

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Anti-cancer vaccine around the corner

Anti-cancer vaccine around the corner

​Researchers in the group of Prof. Dr. Peter Vandenabeele (VIB/UGent) show that killed tumour cells can serve as a potent vaccine that stimulates the immune system to prevent the outgrowth of canc…

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Mosquitoes, the Zika virus and the threat for pregnant women: the buzz continues

Mosquitoes, the Zika virus and the threat for pregnant women: the buzz continues

Over the past months, the Zika virus has been spreading across Middle and South America. Zika has long been considered relatively harmless, but recently it was discovered that the virus could caus…

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Tuberculosis - The Hidden Disease

Tuberculosis - The Hidden Disease

Pott’s disease, consumption, scrofula, white plague; tuberculosis (Tb), a disease almost as old as civilization itself, has had many names throughout history. Although a lot of progress has been m…

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Preventing cervical cancer: vaccinating or freezing?

Preventing cervical cancer: vaccinating or freezing?

The group of human papillomaviruses has over 100 types, of which at least thirteen can cause cancer. The virus is present in people all over the world and is mainly spread through sexual contact. …

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Growing up on a farm protects from asthma

Growing up on a farm protects from asthma

The research team at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) headed by Bart Lambrecht and Hamida Hammad has shown that children growing up on a farm are protected against asthma. They also …

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The Ebola Vaccine: a work in progress

The Ebola Vaccine: a work in progress

Maria Grazia Pau has more than 15 years of experience in vaccine research and is currently working at Janssen Vaccines (formerly Crucell) as a team leader in compound development.  Maria is workin…

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How to prevent Ebola's perfect storm?

How to prevent Ebola's perfect storm?

The 2014 Ebola outbreak was devastating. The virus affected 4 West African countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, killing some 10.000 people and infecting more than 25.000. Since 19…

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