With over 300 million estimated infections among men and women annually, HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the world.
HPV is the primary cause of cervical cancer and certain types of head and neck cancer, in addition to a number of more rare cancers. Although vaccines have become available to protect against various high-risk HPV subtypes that can cause cancer, there is an unmet need for a therapeutic approach for chronic infections that may lead to precancerous cell changes. It is estimated, that high-risk HPV types cause approximately 5 percent of all cancers worldwide.
This significant disease burden can be addressed by intercepting disease progression and treating the viral infection.