TherVacB – A THERAPEUTIC VACCINE TO CURE HEPATITIS B
European Commission and TherVacB join forces
The role of viral hepatitis as a public health threat has long been underestimated. Only very recently, the United Nations in their “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” called for international action to combat viral hepatitis and reduce the disease burden. The major killer is the hepatitis B virus (HBV) causing liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, and worldwide 880,000 humans die each year from the consequences of an HBV infection.
A prophylactic vaccine is available to prevent HBV infection, but more than 3% of the world’s population (about 260 million humans) are chronically infected and do not profit from that vaccine anymore. For those suffering from chronic hepatitis B, until today no curative treatment option exists.
The European Commission therefore selected the project TherVacB led by Helmholtz Zentrum München for a five-year funding within the Horizon 2020 program.
A consortium of leading virologists, immunologists and physicians specialized in treating viral hepatitis, will use a newly designed therapeutic vaccine, TherVacB, as an immunotherapy to cure HBV. TherVacB will be evaluated in a three-year clinical trial starting in 2021 conducted in Europe and in Africa. Integration of a partner site in Tanzania shall help building local capacities for diagnosing and treating hepatitis B and support an important goal of the consortium – to raise awareness for hepatitis B.
“I am highly pleased that for the clinical trials of TherVacB we are able to cooperate with a consortium of Europe’s leading virologists, immunologists and hepatologis. This will be of great benefit for the patients chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus."
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Project duration (months)
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Keep in mind! World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. Read more
Thanks to all TherVacB partners for taking time and for great discussions on how to cure hepatitis B patients!
Enjoy our animation movie to understand the mission and approach of the TherVacB project!