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Dynavax and Merck & Co., Inc. Announce Partnership to Develop HEPLISAV(TM), an Investigational Hepatitis B Vaccine Currently in Phase 3
Date:11/1/2007

BERKELEY, Calif., and WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dynavax Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: DVAX) and Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) today announced a global license and development collaboration agreement to jointly develop HEPLISAV(TM), a novel investigational hepatitis B vaccine, which is currently being evaluated in a multi-center Phase 3 clinical trial involving adults and in patients on dialysis.

Under the terms of the agreement, Merck receives worldwide exclusive rights to HEPLISAV, will fund future vaccine development, and be responsible for commercialization. Dynavax will receive an initial payment of $31.5 million, and will be eligible to receive up to $105 million in development and sales milestone payments, and double-digit tiered royalties on global sales of HEPLISAV.

"Based on the clinical profile demonstrated by HEPLISAV, we believe that this vaccine could represent an important advancement in the field," said Dino Dina, chief executive officer and president of Dynavax. "In clinical trials to date, it has conferred immunogenicity after only two doses while retaining tolerability comparable to a currently marketed hepatitis B vaccine. We wanted to partner with Merck given Merck's commitment to public health and leadership in bringing innovative vaccines to the market. Importantly, we expect it to be the first marketed product containing a novel Toll-Like Receptor 9 agonist."

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