Oregon Health and Science University said this week that it will collaborate with OHSU spinout Najit Technologies and Washington University in St. Louis to develop a vaccine for West Nile virus under a four-year, $7.3 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The partners, using a platform technology owned by OHSU and exclusively licensed to Najit, plan to create an inactivated formulation that remains highly immunogenic but may be safer to administer to immunocompromised patients than existing vaccines.

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