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Medicago: helping to protect your health

From its humble beginnings in 1999 in a garage located in a Quebec City neighbourhood, Medicago has relentlessly pursued a single goal, that of helping to protect human health by development of plant-based vaccine and treatments.

With over 20 years of experience and accumulated wisdom, Medicago has now become a pioneer in the production of virus-like particles (VLPs) in plants.

The way vaccines work is a fascinating process: when a person receives a vaccine for a specific disease, their body sets up a protective system against that disease. Because they stimulate the immune system, vaccines are a formidable means of helping to prevent certain infections or diseases.

Most vaccines require booster doses to provide long-term protection against the specific disease. However, the interval of time between booster shots varies from one vaccine to another. Other vaccines need to be updated with each successive wave of a disease, or based on the mutations of the viruses or strains that are circulating, as is the case with the seasonal flu.

Immunization Canada. 2019. What Is Immunization?. Accessed February 2022.