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Inovio’s Zika Vaccine Selected As 2016 Technology Breakthrough

Popular Mechanics magazine calls Inovio's Zika prevention a completely new form of vaccination that may be the fastest vaccine ever to come to market

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Sept. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:INO) today announced that its Zika vaccine in development has been named a 2016 Technology Breakthrough by the editors of Popular Mechanics magazine, the leading technology voice in the U.S. with millions of readers.

Inovio has advanced its DNA-based Zika vaccine into two trials in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Inovio expects to have results before the end of this year for its U.S. study. In addition, the CDC estimates Zika will infect more than 25% of the Puerto Rican population by year end, providing the potential for Inovio's Zika vaccine and this study's placebo control design to provide exploratory signals of vaccine efficacy. The company expects to meet with regulators next year to determine the most efficient path forward to develop its Zika vaccine and help mitigate this widespread Zika outbreak that has now expanded into the continental United States.

In selecting Inovio's Zika vaccine as a 2016 breakthrough technology the magazine cited: "Inovio Pharmaceuticals, the drug company behind what looks to become the fastest vaccine ever to come to market, may be able to halt such a (Zika) spread before it gets out of control. The company shocked the medical world in June by announcing that its Zika vaccine had already received FDA approval for human clinical trials, just nine months after the race to prevent Zika began. If all goes well, its shot will be available to the public as soon as early 2018."

Dr. J. Joseph Kim
, Inovio's President & CEO, said, "This award recognizes the Inovio scientists and engineers who have...


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