Brisbane-based Coridon has reached another milestone in the development of its pioneering DNA vaccine against herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) with results from a pre-clinical efficacy study showing it was 100 per cent effective in protecting animals against the virus. The vaccine was developed by Professor Ian Frazer and his team at Coridon, and the study was done in collaboration with Professor David Koelle at the University of Washington in Seattle.
The DNA vaccine works differently to conventional vaccines. DNA from the virus is injected into the individual, and the body generates an immune response against the proteins encoded by that DNA. This then enables the body to mount an effective immune defence against the full virus should it ever appear. DNA vaccines have the tremendous benefit of not only offering prophylactic protection, but also potentially curing individuals currently infected by the virus. Coridon is developing DNA vaccines for the prevention and treatment of a range of infectious diseases and cancers in humans.