Candidate: DNA vaccine against COVID-19

Category: VAX

Type: Vaccine designed to deliver DNA to patient muscle to generate a viral antigen on which the immune system will react. The project will use Cobra’s 50L DNA suite in Sweden to support vaccine development by producing plasmid DNA in accordance with GMP.

Status: Cobra and Karolinska Institutet said March 30 they were awarded €3 million ($3.3 million) in emergency funding through the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding program for R&D and Phase I clinical trial testing of a DNA vaccine against COVID-19, as part of the OPENCORONA consortium. In addition to Karolinska Institutet, partners in the consortium also include Karolinska University Hospital, the Public Health Agency of Sweden (FoHM), IGEA, Adlego, and Giessen University.


COVID-19: 200 Candidates and Counting

To navigate through the >200 potential therapeutic and vaccine options for COVID-19, GEN has grouped the candidates into four broad categories based on their developmental and (where applicable) clinical progress:

FRONT RUNNER – the most promising therapeutics/vaccines based on clinical progress, favorable data or both.

DEFINITELY MAYBE – earlier phases with promising partners, or more advanced candidates in development that have generated uneven data

KEEPING AN EYE ON… – interesting technology, attracting notable partners, or both, but preliminary data.

TOO SOON TO TELL – longshots pending additional experimental and/or clinical data.

GEN has also tagged the most common treatment types:

● ANTIVIRAL
● VAX
● ANTIBODY
● RNA

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