An evaluation of novel lipid-enveloped nanoparticles for adjuvant and antigen delivery for an HIV vaccine : stepping from laboratory into potential markets
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering.
Darrell J. Irvine.
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Enormous effort has been devoted to the development of a vaccine against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the technological and economical aspects of a potential vaccine designed by Professor Irvine's group. Lipid-enveloped virion-sized nano-particles with a biodegradable polymer core are used as synthetic pathogens to deliver HIV specific antigens and adjuvants. The nano-particles are designed to display multiple copies of the antigen on their surfaces and to elicit humoral immunity response. Topics such as patent ability, obtaining an FDA licensure, storage, cost of manufacturing, and supply of the vaccine are explored. A business model for commercialization of the vaccine is outlined, and some possible future business opportunities for the nano-particles are discussed.
Thesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, February 2011."February 2011." Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 69-80).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Materials Science and Engineering.