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Firm Client Sanaria Wins 2020 Patents for Humanities Award from USPTO and an Annual Vaccine Industry Excellence Award

Press Release
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

Washington D.C. (October 6, 2020) – Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is proud to share that our client Sanaria has been granted a Patents for Humanities Award from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This award recognizes Sanaria’s PfSPZ malaria vaccine – a whole parasite vaccine for malaria with an effectiveness rate exceeding that of most malaria vaccines developed in recent years. Sterne Kessler handles the patent prosecution work for the related patents.

Sanaria is one of three recipients in the Medicine category and one of six recipients overall for the USPTO recognitions. As noted in the agency’s press release, the Patents for Humanities program honors “game-changing innovations that address long-standing development challenges.” 

In addition to the USPTO recognition, Sanaria recently earned the Highly Commended Prophylactic Vaccine award for its PfSPZ vaccines at the 13th Annual Vaccine Industry Excellence Awards. This recognition was presented virtually at the 2020 World Vaccine Congress at a ceremony held last week.

Director Bonnie Nannenga-Combs, Ph.D., who leads the patent prosecution efforts for the Sterne Kessler team that works with Sanaria remarked, “Sterne Kessler congratulates Sanaria on earning two well-deserved accolades for its life-saving malaria vaccine. We are proud to work with these innovators on patenting this important technology that contributes to the global prevention of a devastating disease.”

View the full list of 2020 Patents for Humanity award recipients here, and learn more about the World Vaccine Congress here.

About Sanaria
Sanaria is a biotechnology company developing vaccines protective against malaria. Sanaria’s vaccines have proven highly protective against Plasmodium falciparum infection in humans. Sanaria's vaccines are intended to be used to prevent malaria in individuals and, in combination with other malaria control measures, to halt transmission of and eliminate malaria from communities. Learn more at sanaria.com. 

About Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

Based in Washington, D.C. and renowned for more than four decades for dedication to the protection, transfer, and enforcement of intellectual property rights, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is one of the most highly regarded intellectual property specialty law firms in the world. Its team of attorneys, registered patent agents, students, and technical specialists include some of the country's most respected practitioners of IP law tackling innovations across a broad spectrum of industries. The firm’s practitioners hold over 50 masters and over 50 doctorate degrees in science or engineering and represent Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups, inventors, venture capital firms, and universities in a client service driven environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating. Visit the firm online at sternekessler.com.

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