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Novavax Announces Selection of a Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccine Candidate for Advanced Preclinical Studies
Date:7/22/2009

s at all doses evaluated. The highest titers were observed with vaccine formulations that contained an aluminum-based adjuvant. Following vaccination, mice were exposed to live RSV through the nose. Even without adjuvant, the lowest dose (1.0 mcg) of RSV-F vaccine prevented RSV infection in the lungs of these mice. However, protection from RSV infection was not observed in unvaccinated mice. Based on these favorable pre-clinical data obtained with this RSV-F vaccine candidate and the ability to produce it at commercial yields, the Company has selected it for advanced preclinical development.

Today, the only therapy against RSV disease is a monoclonal F antibody. The antibody reduces RSV-related hospitalizations in infants and young children at high risk of severe disease. However, several injections are required and the lifespan of the antibody in the body has a limited duration. Therefore, a vaccine that induces long lasting protection against RSV-F would be highly desired by healthcare providers. There is currently no approved vaccine for the prevention of RSV and the market potential for such a vaccine could exceed $1 billion annually.

Dr. Penny Heaton, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Development at Novavax, stated: "A vaccine against the RSV-F protein is an ideal candidate to progress into advanced preclinical testing. Studies of the monoclonal RSV-F antibody show it protects against hospitalizations for severe RSV disease, suggesting that a vaccine which induces neutralizing antibody against RSV-F has the potential to be a powerful weapon against this disease."

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RSV is the most commonly identified cause of lower respiratory tract illnesses in infants and young children. Repeated infections occur throughout life causing moderate to severe cold-like symptoms. More severe lower respiratory tract disease is also seen in elderly a
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