PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hemispherx Biopharma (NYSE MKT:HEB) announced that one of its advanced stage biological products, Alferon N ®, will be featured as part of a new experimental program designed to potentially limit the spread and lethality of the pandemic influenza virus designated H7N9. Professor Richt, Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD), will present his program to potentially reduce the spread of influenza from animals to man. Professor Richt, who is a scientific adviser to Hemispherx Biopharma, will discuss new experiments on the possible inhibition of Tamiflu-resistant H7N9 virus by Alferon N ® and the potential use of Alferon ® LDO (a low dose oral formulation of Alferon N ®) in animals that are considered "mixing vessels" in that they support potential influenza reassortment and virulence. The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn, Orlando International Airport, on August 21-23.
About Alferon N ®
Alferon N ® is the only natural source, multi-species alpha interferon currently approved for sale in the U.S. for the intralesional (within lesions) treatment of refractory (resistant to other treatment) or recurring external genital warts (human papilloma virus "HPV") in patients 18 years of age or older.About Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD), Kansas State University CEEZAD, Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, was officially inaugurated in June 2010, with its first annual conference, held in Manhattan, Kansas, home of Kansas State University. CEEZAD was formed to enhance the capability of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by developing "state of the art" countermeasures for high priority emerging and zoonotic animal diseases. The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University was established in 1905. Since then more than 5,000 men and women have been granted the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Departments within the College of Veterinary Medicine are anatomy and physiology, clinical sciences, diagnostic medicine/pathobiology.