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. 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 clinical trial starting in 2024 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
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Bavarian Award ‘m4’ honours the TherVacB innovative therapeutic vaccine as a promising solution to the global health challenge of chronic hepatitis B
Professor Ulrike Protzer and her TherVacB team at Helmholtz Munich and TUM have been honoured with the prestigious Bavarian m4 Award 2023. Key members of the Helmholtz Munich and TUM team for TherVacB proudly received the m4 Award on 24 October 2023 at Munich...
Experts in virology, immunology and clinical hepatitis from two research projects are working towards to cure hepatitis B: ‘IP-cure-B – Take care of your health’ and ‘TherVacB - A therapeutic vaccine to cure Hepatitis B’.To jointly tackle some of the major challenges...
Every year, more than a million lives are lost to hepatitis. The TherVacB team of clinical researchers, hepatologists and virologists is not waiting for change – we’re working hard to make it happen! A better understanding of the hepatitis B infection and the...
Enjoy our animation movie to understand the mission and approach of the TherVacB project!
Find here scientific publications and technical articles from TherVacB project partners.
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All you need to know to understand Hepatitis B cure research – The HBV Cure FAQs
Watch the growing collection of short videos answering key questions on cure research raised by people living with Hepatitis B (HBV). The collection is a product of an international consortium of organizations, expert institutions and research projects working in and around Hepatitis B. Actively involved are ICE-HBV, Hepatitis B Foundation, World Hepatitis Alliance, HepBCommunity.org, Australian Centre for Hepatitis Virology, IP-cure-B, the Canadian HBV Network and TherVacB.