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USD Researcher Patents Potential Universal Influenza Vaccine

Victor C. Huber researcher at USD Division of Basic Biomedical Science Victor C. Huber, a researcher at USD's Division of Basic Biomedical Science, is the lead inventor of an Influenza A virus vaccine.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Victor C. Huber, Ph.D., a researcher in the University of South Dakota’s Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, is the lead inventor of a novel vaccine that can achieve broad immunity against influenza A viruses.

According to Huber, because influenza pandemics are often associated with the transmission of these viruses between different animal species, the vaccine was designed to prevent pandemics by limiting interspecies transmission events.

“This vaccine provides broad protection against influenza A viruses, and it can also be used to minimize the requirement for annual influenza vaccine re-formulation,” he said. “There has been a significant push toward the development of universal influenza vaccines, and this vaccine moves us closer to achieving this goal.”

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted this vaccine a patent, which allows Huber and his research group to advance the vaccine to the next stage of product development.

The technology - officially named “Compositions and Methods for Vaccination Against Influenza A Virus”- is currently being evaluated and tested as part of a partnership between the University of South Dakota, Kansas State University and the University of Georgia. In addition, collaborations with South Dakota State University are being used to better understand the interaction of vaccine-induced antibodies with aspects of the immune system.


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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