PDS Biotech Announces Preclinical Publication in Peer Reviewed Viruses Journal Showing Superior CD4 T Cell Induction by Infectimune™

Infectimune™ (R-DOTAP) nanoparticles significantly enhance cytokine-inducing, CD4 T cell responses compared to leading commercial adjuvants being used in approved vaccines

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Feb. 16, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PDS Biotechnology Corporation (Nasdaq: PDSB), a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a growing pipeline of targeted immunotherapies for cancer and infectious disease, announced that new research performed in the laboratory of preeminent CD4 T cell researcher, Andrea Sant, PhD at the University of Rochester Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology, was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Viruses. The preclinical research studied Infectimune™, PDS Biotech’s novel investigational infectious disease immune activating platform, and demonstrated the technology’s potency in eliciting CD4 T cells. The studies focused on comparing Infectimune™ induced immune responses following primary vaccination against influenza with immune responses induced by leading vaccine adjuvants. This publication follows a recent article in Viruses highlighting the ability of Infectimune™ to generate a broad immune response against viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 and multiple strains of influenza.

The paper, titled, “R-DOTAP cationic lipid nanoparticles outperform squalene-based adjuvant systems in elicitation of CD4 T cells after recombinant influenza hemagglutinin vaccination,” reported findings from a preclinical study investigating the ability of Infectimune™ (R-DOTAP) to promote CD4 T cell responses to vaccination with recombinant influenza protein. Infectimune™ was compared to AddaVax™, which is analogous to commercial adjuvant MF59®, and AddaVax™ combined with CpG, a commercial adjuvant, using HA-B as the influenza vaccine antigen. Results from the study concluded that Infectimune™ dramatically enhanced CD4 T cell responses to recombinant HA-B proteins relative to AddaVax™ and AddaVax™ plus CpG. Further, the Infectimune™ elicited CD4 T cells displayed abundant Interferon (IFN)-gamma and Interleukin (IL)-2 production that are critical for protective immunity. CD4 T cells are documented to present multiple functions including CD8 T cell expansion and antibody responses as well as direct anti-viral effects and potentiation of antigen presenting function to enhance protection against viral infection.

“Influenza remains challenging due to low immune responses, especially in the elderly. Thus, there is a significant opportunity to develop a flu vaccine that induces broadly protective responses to influenza,” stated Dr. Gregory Conn, Chief Scientific Officer of PDS Biotech.

Dr. Sant, the senior author on the paper stated, “These results showing the potency of R-DOTAP to promote epitope-specific, cytokine-inducing CD4 T cells against a recombinant influenza antigen are exceptionally promising.”

The preclinical research published in Viruses demonstrates the ability of Infectimune™ to significantly boost CD4 T cell activity, suggesting that Infectimune™ based vaccines could provide durable protection against seasonal flu and potentially emerging pandemic flu.

The research was supported by grants from the NIAID Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers (CIVICs) program and funded in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

About Infectimune™

Infectimune™ is a novel investigational immune activating platform that generates broad and robust antibody and T cell responses that provide durable protection against infectious disease. Infectimune™ based vaccines are given by intramuscular injection and generate robust and durable protection against infectious agents in preclinical studies. Infectimune™ based vaccines have demonstrated safety in preclinical studies and appear to provide more robust and longer-lasting protection against infectious disease.

About PDS Biotechnology 

PDS Biotech is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a growing pipeline of targeted cancer and infectious disease immunotherapies based on our proprietary Versamune®, PDS0301, and Infectimune™ T cell-activating platforms. We believe our targeted Versamune® and PDS0301 based candidates have the potential to overcome the limitations of current immunotherapy approaches through the activation of the right type, quantity and potency of T cells. To date, our lead Versamune® clinical candidate, PDS0101, has demonstrated the ability to reduce tumors and stabilize disease in combination with approved and investigational therapeutics in patients with a broad range of HPV16-associated cancers in multiple Phase 2 clinical trials. Our Infectimune™ based vaccines have also demonstrated the potential to induce not only robust and durable neutralizing antibody responses, but also powerful T cell responses, including long-lasting memory T cell responses in pre-clinical studies to date. To learn more, please visit www.pdsbiotech.com or follow us on Twitter at @PDSBiotech. 

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Versamune® is a registered trademark and Infectimune™ is a trademark of PDS Biotechnology.
AddaVax™ is a trademark of InvivoGen.
MF59® is a registered trademark of Novartis AG.

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