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Integral Molecular Launches New Product Lines of Safe Reporter Viruses for Vaccine Development and Pandemic Preparedness

PHILADELPHIA–Using its extensive experience gained fighting COVID-19 and other virus threats for over 20 years, Integral Molecular has launched an expanded collection of its Reporter Virus Particles (RVPs) that offer a safe and rapid method to study some of the most virulent pathogens including influenza, Ebola virus, and SARS-CoV-2. These critical reagents are used to safely screen patient sera for neutralizing antibody responses generated by protective vaccines.

Integral Molecular’s new RVP offerings feature influenza A H5N1, Ebola virus, and Marburg virus. The company also offers over 70 SARS-CoV-2 RVPs covering all variants of concern and interest, including Omicron BA.4, BA.5 and BA.4.6 subvariants. Integral Molecular has also created custom variants, as well as thousands of mutations in this safe RVP format to enable prediction of viral escape and the creation of better vaccines.

RVPs are “pseudoviruses” that lack the viral components required to replicate and cause disease. Because they can’t replicate, RVPs are safe to use under standard (BSL2) laboratory conditions. In contrast, studying the most deadly ‘live’ strains of viruses such as Ebola virus or pandemic strains of influenza requires highly restrictive (BSL4) facilities, which relatively few laboratories in the world possess.

“With 20 years of experience studying viruses and vaccines, we are excited to launch new products that enable faster and safer vaccine development against the world’s deadliest viruses,” said Sharon Willis, PhD, co-founder of Integral Molecular. “With these safe research tools, the greater scientific community can ramp up studies of new viral threats as soon as they emerge.”

Integral Molecular’s broad range of RVPs also includes a selection of influenza A and B seasonal strains, dengue, Zika, and chikungunya viruses. The company will host a virtual panel discussion of RVP tools for virology research on November 10, 2022.

About Integral Molecular
Integral Molecular (integralmolecular.com) is the industry leader in developing and applying innovative technologies that advance the discovery of therapeutics against difficult protein targets. With 20 years of experience focused on membrane proteins and antibodies, Integral Molecular’s technologies have been integrated into the drug discovery pipelines of over 400 biotech and pharmaceutical companies to help discover new therapies for cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and viral threats such as SARS-CoV-2, Ebola, Zika, and dengue viruses.

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Genetic Engineering and Integral Molecular Present – Reporter Virus Tools to Combat Current Viral Threats and the Next Pandemic

 

Thursday, November 10, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought virology to the forefront of many research programs. But how do we get ahead of the next viral threat? Limited commercial labs are licensed to conduct research using BSL-3 or BSL-4 pathogens. However, reporter virus tools such as ready-to-use Reporter Virus Particles (RVPs, i.e., pseudoviruses) have enabled virus research in a BSL-2 environment, allowing testing of sera and antibodies in high-throughput, safe neutralization assays to accelerate virology research.

In this GEN webinar, of our distinguished speakers, Dr. Hayley Crawford, will discuss Integral Molecular’s broad catalog of RVPs, including influenza A and B, Marburg virus, and the latest variants of SARS-CoV-2. Moreover, she will discuss Integral Molecular’s expertise in custom RVP projects. Additionally, panelists Dr. Sheila Keating and Dr. Natalie Anosova will describe how Integral Molecular’s extensive collection of SARS-CoV-2 variant RVPs enabled them to meet the most recent FDA guidance for variant testing of vaccines and therapeutic antibodies.

Learn more about how RVPs have enabled therapeutic research during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they can enhance virology research on current and emerging viral targets.

GEN and Integral Molecular 2022 webinar