CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBI Vaccines (Nasdaq:VBIV) ("VBI") is pleased to announce its sponsorship support of the Utah CMV Council and the End CMV Silence Gala, a fundraiser being held at the Utah State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City on February 27th, 2015.
Proceeds from the End CMV Silence Gala will be used to fund a statewide advertising campaign that will help promote cytomegalovirus ("CMV") awareness and prevention.
"Utah, with strong public and private sector support, was the first state to pass legislation designed to improve CMV awareness and screening," said Jeff Baxter, VBI's President and CEO. "We admire their leadership in bringing awareness and positive action to this significant public health issue."
In 2013, Governor Gary Herbert signed Utah House Bill HB0081, establishing a public education program that requires healthcare providers to communicate the dangers of congenital CMV infection to pregnant women. HB0081 also mandates CMV screening for infants suffering from hearing loss.
The Utah CMV Council is a Utah-based non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and promoting prevention of CMV. In 2015, using a mix of public funds and private donations, the Utah CMV Council plans to launch an advertising campaign consisting of billboards and public service ads on television, radio, and the internet.
"We believe that every woman deserves to know how CMV could potentially affect her unborn child," said Annie Culley, the Utah CMV Council President. "Utah, with 17.6 births per 1,000 people, has the highest birth rate in the U.S., making it a key target for our awareness efforts."
To make a contribution, or to learn more about the Utah CMV Council, visit: http://www.utahcmvcouncil.org/
About VBI Vaccines Inc.
VBI Vaccines Inc. ("VBI") is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel technologies that seek to expand vaccine protection in large underserved markets. VBI's eVLP vaccine platform allows for the design of enveloped ("e") virus-like particle ("VLP") vaccines that closely mimic the target virus. VBI's lead eVLP asset is a prophylactic Cytomegalovirus ("CMV") vaccine; VBI has initiated work for GMP manufacturing of its CMV candidate for use in formal preclinical and Phase I trials. VBI's second platform is a thermostable technology that enables the development of vaccines and biologics that can withstand storage or shipment at constantly fluctuating temperatures. VBI has completed proof of concept thermostability studies on a number of vaccine and biologic targets. VBI is headquartered in Cambridge, MA with research facilities in Ottawa, Canada.
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