Biotech Company Earns NIH Grant to Support Development of Oral Celiac Disease Therapeutic

March 11, 2011

Biotech Company Earns NIH Grant to Support Development of Oral Celiac Disease Therapeutic

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Avaxia Biologics received $145,000 in funding to develop an “anti-gluten antibody.”

 

Avaxia Biologics, Inc., a biotech company focusing on orally-delivered therapeutics, has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support the development of an antibody therapeutic for celiac disease. This Phase I award provides Avaxia with approximately $145,000 in research and development funds. If early results are promising, the company could receive an additional $1 million in Phase II funding, according to a press release distributed by Avaxia.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the NIH in recognition of the potential of our novel approach to the treatment of celiac disease,” said Barbara S. Fox, PhD, Avaxia’s founder and CEO. “This NIH support provides the funding we need to advance the development of our anti-gluten antibody into pre-clinical models of celiac disease.”

To learn more, read the full press release.

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