Danish researchers prepare for initial tests of SARS vaccine  

2003.06.11
Researchers at Copenhagen University and DTU ready to conduct animal tests of SARS vaccine within months

Danish researchers at Copenhagen University and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) are close to formulating their first proposal on how to design a vaccine against the lung disease SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Professor Søren Brunak from the Biological Sequence Analysis Unit at DTU and Professor in Immunology Søren Buus at Copenhagen University are heading the research, which makes use of a unique technological platform enabling them to find and validate vaccine candidates very rapidly.

 

Based on selected vaccine candidates they have already formulated a vaccine and are expecting to carry out tests on animals in a few months. The Danish researchers are cooperating with the US biotech company Siga Technologies which has purchased the rights to exploit the technological platform. Director of Siga Technologies Susan Burgess says that Danish research in immunologic bioinformatics is world-class. The news is reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.

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