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VacciZone has developed and patented a novel method for an antigen/bioactive delivery which increases both the antigenicity of the antigen as well as enhancing its stability at high temperatures, freeze thaw cycles and organic solvents.

What is special about the ASC Technology?

  • Delivery of antigens to Antigen Presenting Cells (APCs) is enhanced
  • Degradation of antigens after endocytosis or phagocytosis is decreased
  • Size of antigens is increased to facilitate engulfment by APCs
  • Antigen is stable at 37°C for >30 days
  • Antigen can endure >8 freeze-thaw cycles without degradation
  • ASC speck is a modified inflammasome complex so it can also function as an adjuvant

See the below visualization of ASC Technology used for developing our Covid-19 vaccine.

how does asc technology work

Our technology has been patented in USA, Europe, China, Japan and Turkey.

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