MADISON, Wis., Sept. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — FluGen, Inc., a clinical-stage vaccine company transforming vaccine efficacy in infectious respiratory diseases, today announced the completion of enrollment of the first cohort in an age de-escalation clinical trial of M2SR (M2 Deficient Single Replication) live virus vaccine, the company’s investigational supra-seasonal intranasal influenza (flu) vaccine, in volunteers ages 6 months to 17 years old. This study is the first of its kind to evaluate M2SR in children under 9 years old, a population with the greatest rates of flu infection each year and who are at higher risk of serious complications or death. The study, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers (CIVICs) program will assess safety, tolerability, and immunological response to M2SR.
“Influenza can have serious complications in young children, a particularly vulnerable patient population, and there is a demonstrated need for improved vaccines that can mitigate the impact of the flu,” said Dr. James Campbell, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Principal Investigator of the study. “The M2SR vaccine candidate has already shown a robust safety profile in adults, and we look forward to advancing scientific understanding of the potential benefits of M2SR in children.”