Navigation Links
Novavax and the NIH Agree to Evaluate a Virus-like Particle (VLP) Vaccine Candidate Against the Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus
Date:6/4/2009

Company completes initial steps towards producing Influenza A (H1N1) VLP vaccine for animal and human testing

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) and the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH) have signed an agreement to cooperate in the evaluation of a virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine candidate against the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. Novavax has produced influenza A (H1N1) VLP vaccine against the strain recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Novavax scientists produced the first batch of H1N1 VLPs within the company's laboratories in May, just three weeks after the CDC announced the genetic sequence of a novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. This strain of influenza was isolated from an infected person located in California. These VLPs contain the hemagglutinin (HA), neuraminidase (NA) and matrix 1 (M1) proteins found in the newly emerged H1N1 influenza strain. The size and structure of the VLPs are nearly identical to those of the novel H1N1 virus but the VLPs are not infectious as they lack the genes necessary for replication. Novavax has made purified influenza A (H1N1) VLPs, which are being sent to scientists at the CDC and DMID for studies in animal models.

"The Company has committed necessary resources to respond as rapidly as possible to construct and manufacture VLP vaccine against this new H1N1 influenza virus," said Rahul Singhvi, President and CEO of Novavax. "Our proprietary recombinant cell culture technology has enabled production of custom VLPs against this strain of influenza within weeks. This ability to respond rapidly is an important factor in the evaluation of alternative investigational vaccines against this emerging threat to public health."

The influenza A (H1N1) virus was first detected in April 2009, in Mexico, the United States and Canada and has subsequently spread rapidly to over sixty countries worldwide. Although illnesses to date have been of a similar severity as that of typical seasonal influenza, it is unclear if the strain will evolve to become more deadly over the course of the next several months. Therefore, technology that can lead to rapid production of vaccines is important to reduce the spread of the virus and to potentially prevent a pandemic from occurring. Novavax believes that its influenza VLP vaccine technology could be part of the solution for influenza pandemics as will be demonstrated in this instance by release of a vaccine lot produced under cGMP against the novel influenza A H1N1 strain within approximately 12 weeks or less of the CDC announcement of the new strain.

Novavax has completed genetic engineering and manufacture of the master seed stock necessary to produce larger quantities of the investigational influenza A (H1N1) VLP vaccine under cGMP conditions in its manufacturing facility in Rockville, MD. More details on the progress in making influenza A (H1N1) VLP vaccine may be found at the Novavax web site: www.novavax.com.

About Novavax

Novavax, Inc. is a clinical stage biotechnology company, creating novel vaccines to address a broad range of infectious diseases worldwide using advanced proprietary virus like particle (VLP) technology. The Company produces these VLP based, potent, recombinant vaccines utilizing new, and efficient manufacturing approaches. Additional information about Novavax is available at www.novavax.com and in the Company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forward Looking Statement

Statements herein relating to future development results and performance, conditions or strategies and other matters, including expectations regarding product and clinical developments, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Novavax cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements or historical experience include risks relating to the early stage of Novavax's product candidates under development; current results may not be predictive of future pandemic results, results of our seasonal influenza vaccine or any other vaccine that we may develop; further testing is required before regulatory approval can be applied for and the FDA may not approve a vaccine even if further trial results are similar to those disclosed previously by the company; uncertainties relating to clinical trials; dependence on the efforts of third parties; competition for clinical resources and patient enrollment from drug candidates in development by other companies with greater resources and visibility; and risks that we may lack the financial resources and access to capital to fund our operations including further clinical trials. Further information on the factors and risks that could affect Novavax's business, financial conditions and results of operations, is contained in Novavax's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at http://www.sec.gov. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Novavax assumes no duty to update forward-looking statements.

Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.

Tricia J. Richardson

https://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=63842


'/>"/>
SOURCE Novavax, Inc.
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Novavax CEO to Present at BIO CEO & Investor Conference
2. Novavax Enters Into Estrasorb(R) Asset Sale and Supply Agreements with Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC
3. Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC(TM) Announces Completed Acquisition of All Assets Related to Estrasorb(R) Product Line in North America From Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN) and Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX)
4. Novavax CEO to Present at the World Vaccine Congress 2008
5. Novavax Opens Its First U.S. Vaccine Plant
6. Novavax Announces Release Date of 2008 First Quarter Financial Results and Investor Conference Call
7. Novavax Reports First Quarter 2008 Financial Results
8. Novavax CEO to Present at ACUMENBioFins 5th Annual Global Healthcare Conference
9. Novavax CEO to Present at FBR Capital Markets 12th Annual Spring Investor Conference
10. Novavax CEO to Present at Piper Jaffray Europe Conference, London, UK
11. Novavax to Join Russell 3000 Index
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/22/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Doctors in Rome say micronutrients found in certain foods have ... Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. Click here to ... Sciences and Translational Medicine evaluated more than 150 studies on polyphenols in cancer for ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... ... May 20, 2016 , ... The recent recall by Costco and ... Food Safety News on May 12, 2016(1), demonstrates the need for faster and more ... Baltimore-based biotech firm, PathSensors, Inc. , PathSensor’s latest solution uses a ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... ... May 19, 2016 , ... ... (CRO) has welcomed Abu Siddiqui as Director, Large Molecule & Biomarker Bioanalysis. , ... vaccine and translational biomarker discovery studies for preclinical and clinical safety programs. “We’ve ...
(Date:5/18/2016)... ... May 18, 2016 , ... ... Camp at The University of Toledo. This two-day camp will take place annually ... explore the field of pharmaceutical sciences in preparation for a university academic program. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:4/15/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has ... Market 2016-2020,"  report to their offering.  , ... ,The global gait biometrics market is expected to ... period 2016-2020. Gait analysis generates multiple ... used to compute factors that are not or ...
(Date:3/31/2016)... 2016   LegacyXChange, ... "Company") LegacyXChange is excited to release its ... to be launched online site for trading 100% guaranteed ... will also provide potential shareholders a sense of the ... an industry that is notorious for fraud. The video ...
(Date:3/23/2016)... , March 23, 2016 ... Interesse erhöhter Sicherheit Gesichts- und Stimmerkennung mit ... Inc. (NASDAQ: MESG ), ein ... dass das Unternehmen mit SpeechPro zusammenarbeitet, um ... der Finanzdienstleistungsbranche, wird die Möglichkeit angeboten, im ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):