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TapImmune Inc. (OTCQB:TPIV) is pleased to announce that Dr. Keith Knutson, PhD (vgtifl.org/keith-knutson-phd) has been appointed to chair the company's scientific advisory board. Dr. Knutson is Director of the Cancer Vaccines and Immune Therapies Program at the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida, a nonprofit biomedical research institute in Port St. Lucie, FL (VGTI Florida). TapImmune has licensed cancer vaccine technologies originating from Dr. Knutson's former laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, which are currently completing Phase I clinical trials in breast and ovarian cancer. The start of Phase II clinical studies in planned for the end of 2014. Glynn Wilson, TapImmune CEO said, "We are delighted to have someone with Keith's vision and scientific knowledge to lead our scientific advisory board. As a recognized leader in immunotherapy of breast and ovarian cancer, it is a great to have his input into the Company's clinical development programs. Under Dr. Knutson's...
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Anthony Westbury: It's not your father's old science project, thank goodness

By: Anthony Westbury
Source: TCPalm.com
Date: February 19, 2014
Anthony Westbury: It's not your father's old science project, thank goodness By Anthony Westbury Monday, February 17, 2014 As a parent, I’ve endured many a science project. I still have the scars and bags under the eyes to prove it. Yet none of the projects I was cajoled into working on was anywhere near as good as those I saw at last week’s 26th annual St. Lucie County STEM science fair. The almost 300 students and their cardboard creations were crammed into three floors of the Kight Center at Indian River State College. The students stood shoulder to shoulder as they waited for the judges to arrive. Of the 270 projects presented Thursday, 14 of the best will go on to the state competition in Cocoa in early March. An awards ceremony to announce the St. Lucie County winners will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fort Pierce Central High School auditorium. From the state level, the best of the best may be chosen to compete at an international science fair in May in Los Angeles...
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Experts predict dengue fever will become endemic in South Florida

By: Will Greenlee
Source: The Republic - Columbus, Indiana
Date: October 21, 2013
STUART, Fla. — Medical and health experts are saying dengue fever could become more common in South Florida in years to come. The suggestion comes as health officials begin an analysis of a community survey and blood samples taken from some residents in the Rio and Jensen Beach areas near here, where 20 cases of the disease have been publicly reported since mid-August. For 10 days ending Sept. 22, health officials surveyed and took about 360 blood samples. "My prediction is that we're going to continue to have these small outbreaks like this — 20 cases here, a few cases there, and we will be able to control them for some period of time," said Dr. Aileen Chang of the University of Miami, an expert who spoke three weeks ago with health care providers in Fort Pierce and Stuart. "But given that we have the mosquitoes, we have the right habitat here, we have a lot of travelers, my prediction is that eventually (the region) will become an endemic area for dengue."...
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Treasure Coast researcher works to develop vaccine to prevent breast cancer recurrence

By: Cynthia Washam
Source: TCPalm.com
Date: October 2, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE — The image of the nearly completed Tradition Medical Center that Keith Knutson sees from his office window reminds him every day of the dream that drew him from a world-renowned medical center to a small, upstart lab in Port St. Lucie. “My major goal has always been to do something for the patient,” Knutson said. The patient seems far removed from the 49-year-old researcher, as he works in a lab filled with high-tech machines and computers at the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida. His mission: to develop a vaccine to treat breast and ovarian cancer. Vaccines historically have been used to prevent infectious diseases — such as measles, hepatitis and polio — by stimulating the immune system. Only in recent decades have scientists looked toward the immune system in fighting cancer. “The immune system is very specific and extremely powerful,” Knutson said. “Can we harness it to eliminate tumors?” The challenge in creating a cancer vaccine...
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VGTI Florida Director Joins Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Advisory Board

By: VGTI Florida®
Source: TCPalm.com
Date: August 19, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE — Dr. Richard Jove, Ph.D., director of the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida®), has joined the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Advisory Board. Dr. Jove, an inventor himself, is very interested in actively participating in initiatives that serve to support the success and growth of the biotech and life sciences corridor within the state of Florida. The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, located at the University of South Florida, Tampa Bay, will honor and celebrate those inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Americans but Floridians in particular. The program will also encourage individuals of all ages and backgrounds to strive toward the betterment of Florida and the USA through groundbreaking innovation. As a member of the Advisory Board, Dr. Jove will join a group of thought leaders and innovative thinkers from public corporations, private businesses, research universities, government agencies, and other non-profit
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Researcher sets sights on injected cancer cure

By: Jeff Ostrowski
Source: Palm Beach Post
Date: August 12, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE — Cancer researcher Richard Jove dreams of the day when cancer can be cured with a vaccination — a shot that would show the immune system how to find cancer cells and kill them. Such a simple solution is still years away, but Jove says it’s one of his goals as he takes over operations of the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute Florida, a nonprofit lab in Port St. Lucie. With a resume full of federal grants and scholarly publications, Jove is just the sort of high-powered scientist that Florida politicians and economic development officials hoped to attract when they threw $1.5 billion at biotech research. Jove, a genial 58-year-old, finished his graduate studies at Columbia University and Rockefeller University. He helped launch the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, then moved to the Beckman Research Institute in Duarte, Calif., where he was director....
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Researcher sets sights on injected cancer cure

VGTI Florida® In The News

By: VGTI Florida®
Date: May 1, 2013
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VGTI Florida® In The News

Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) Names Advisory Board Scientific Director Rafick Sekaly, Ph.D. taps regional leaders Port St. Lucie, FL . (Sept.30) The Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI) announced today that it has formed an Advisory Board with eleven members of each appointed for a one-year term.
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Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) Names Advisory Board