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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Dynavax TechnologiesCorp. (DVAX) are gaining by 6.98% to $19.31 on Thursday afternoon, as the FDA accepted for review its application for HEPLISAV-B, the company's vaccine candidate for immunization against hepatitis B infection in adults ages 18 years and older.

The FDA has established September 15 as the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date, according to a company statement after the market close yesterday.

"This filing is another important step toward our goal of bringing HEPLISAV-B to market to protect adults against hepatitis B," CEO Eddie Gray stated.

"We will continue to work closely with the FDA over the coming months in order to achieve HEPLISAV-B approval in the third quarter of 2016," he added.

Hepatitis B is a viral disease of the liver that can become chronic and result in cirrhosis of the liver, hepatocellular carcinoma and death.

Dynavax is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company based in Berkeley, CA.

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