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EpiVax receives grant to develop diabetes treatment

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EpiVax has received a $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a division of the US National Institutes of Health. The grant, which EpiVax will receive over two years, will be used to develop and reach proof-of-principle for Epi-13, a novel therapeutic for the prevention and treatment of type 1 diabetes. The product targets and reduces undesirable immune responses and has the potential to generate or restore immune regulation in type 1 diabetes. EpiVax received $400,000 from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in October last year to help the company continue its work on Epi-13. With the NIDDK funding, the company expects to consider trials for the treatment of juvenile diabetes in two to three years. EpiVax's research programme will be carried out in collaboration with Dr David Scott of the University of Maryland and Dr Robert Smith of the Hallet Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Rhode Island Hospital.

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