Ultrapotent, nanoparticle COVID-19 vaccine with Univ. of Wash. roots gets $173M for human trials

An ultrapotent, second-generation COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Washington Medicine’s Institute for Protein Design and South Korea-based SK bioscience received $173.4 million in funding for phase 3 clinical trials. The vaccine, which triggered powerful and lasting immune responses in preclinical trials, employs a nanoparticle technology that was created at the UW institute. If proven effective, the doses will be available to COVAX for equitable worldwide distribution.

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(Photo: Ian Haydon, UW Medicine Institute for Protein Design)