Avimex® announces the publication of preclinical data of the Patria® (AVX/COVID-12)


Noticias y Eventos

  • Testing in pigs for the Mexican vaccine Patria® showed that both intranasal and intramuscular administration; as well as a combination of the two, induces strong antibody responses, including against variants.
  •  The results of the animal study in pigs executed in January 2021 were the basis for the Phase I clinical trial in Mexico City.
  • The preliminary results from Phase I will allow moving forward into Phase II clinical trials, which are about to begin.

     Mexico City, November 12th, 2021. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has represented great achievement in vaccine research and development, with results in record time. However, according to the Pan-American Health Organization, vaccine availability in low and middle-income countries is still insufficient and producers cannot satisfy global demand. To enhance vaccination globally, it is necessary to expand the options for safe and effective vaccines, especially those that can be produced locally and at a low cost.

    All the available vaccines that are authorized by global regulatory agencies are administered intramuscularly and  none intranasally. This represents an opportunity to develop second-generation vaccines that potentially induce mucosal immunity, which is the first line of defense in the upper respiratory tract, often neutralizing incoming viruses and potentially preventing an infection.

   Patria® (AVX/COVID-12) is a vaccine against COVID-19 based on live Newcastle disease virus vector expressing SARS-CoV 2      spike protein stabilized in a prefusion conformation with six beneficial proline substitutions and by removal of the furin cleavage site.The  vector is known to be safe and not only express mRNA encoding SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, but also incorporates the spike into    virus particles, better mimicking immunity caused by natural exposure to SARS-CoV-2.

    Safety and immunogenicity preclinical testing were performed on a pig model byAvimex®  in Mexico with the partial funding of AMEXCID,  which results were made available on September 21, 2021, once they were peer reviewed in the renowned ASM Journal mBio[1] as further reinforced with neutralization data against different variants with the help of the world-class researchers of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.

   The results showed that both intranasal and intramuscular application of the vaccine as well as a combination of the twoinduce strong serum neutralizing antibody responses and substantial reactivity to Alpha (B.1.1.7), Beta (B.1.351) and Gamma (P.1) virus variants.

   “Earlier versions of the vaccine were also tested in rodents as inactivated and live vaccines; however, we chose to test these vaccine candidates in a pig model because these animals are large-animal model thatimmunologically resemble humans better than the most common rodent models”,¨said Dr. Bernardo Lozano Dubernard, General Director of Avimex and leader of the project in Mexico.


    “These are very promising results that support further clinical development of this vaccine, and represent theclinical translation of a long, successful collaboration between Avimex and the Icahn School of Medicine and the Icahn School  of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the area of veterinarian vaccines,” said Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Director of the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute at the the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

    The study had limitations as the immune response could not be assessed  locally in the nasal mucosa or respiratory tract of  the vaccinated pigs, because appropriate sampling methods and standardized tests to assess mucosal immunity are still a challenge in the pig model. Furthermore, the porcine model is not susceptible to SARS-Cov-2 and a challenge was not possible, but fortunately the vaccine was previously tested in other animal models susceptible to challenge studies with excellent results.

     Based on this data, a clinical trial (Phase 1) was initiated in  May 2021 by Avimex  in Mexico with the support of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT). This was a first-in-human trial with a live rNDV based vaccine which follows a unique protocol leading research worldwide by incluiding an intranasal route and a combination intranasal-intramuscular route. The vaccine used was formulated in the Good-Manufacturing-Practices-approved Avimex pilot manufacturing facility.

    The preliminary resultsfrom Phase I, which will continue for full year, have already been assessed and used to design and support two Phase II clinical trials that are about to start. The preliminary results of Phase I will be further analyzed and will include additional results from more detailed immunological assays. Once finalized, the results will be published in peer-reviewed journal. Avimex is committed to sharing these and all the clinical trial results after they have been fully analyzed, under the strictest ethical and scientific standards.

     About Avimex®  


    Since its foundation in 1952, Laboratorio Avi-Mex, S.A de C.V., has been bio-innovation company with 100% Mexican capital, which is dedicated to the research, development, manufacture, import, export and commercialization of biological and pharmaceutical products, disinfectants, and mycotoxin detoxifiers for animal health. Today it has an important presence in the market, both national and international, in more than 30 countries. As part of its evolution, Avimex has expanded its areas of expertise to provide customers with solutions that improve the health and productivity of animals intended for human consumption in poultry, swine, livestock, and aquaculture sectors. This has granted it the recognition as a Family Responsible Company (2006), Highly Exporting Company (2007), National Award for Technology and innovation(2011), ADIAT Award for Technological Innovation (2012). National Export Award(2012), Ranking of the Best Mexican Companies(2012-2021), National Award for Technology and Innovation Endorsement (2015), Socially Responsible Company(2018-2021), and Super Companies by Expansion (2018-2020). For more information, visit https://www.avimex.com.mx

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