The ASP-2 protein secreted by infective larvae of the human hookworm, Necator americanus, is under development as a recombinant vaccine. Recombinant Na-ASP-2 was expressed in Pichia pastoris, and the purified protein was characterized. At the 60 L scale, the 21.3 kDa recombinant protein was produced at a yield of 0.4 g/L. When formulated with Alhydrogel and injected into rats to determine immunological potency, three 50 microg doses of the formulated recombinant protein elicited geometric mean antibody titers up to 1:234,881. Rat anti-Na-ASP-2 antibody recognized larval-derived ASP-2 and also inhibited larval migration through skin in vitro. The processes developed and tested for the high yield production of recombinant Na-ASP-2 provide a foundation for clinical vaccine development.