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Novavax Announces Top Line Results of Phase IIa Clinical Trial for Its Seasonal Influenza VLP (Trivalent) Vaccine Candidate
Date:12/11/2008

thin 12 weeks of identification of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") released seasonal strains, or approximately half the time required to manufacture egg-based vaccines. The ability to rapidly respond to the identification of annual seasonal strains may be important in providing timely vaccine in advance of annual physicals for children before the school year.

Seasonal Influenza

The majority of individuals with influenza recover in less than two weeks; however, some may develop life-threatening complications such as pneumonia. In addition, influenza exacerbates the symptoms of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and congestive heart failure. The most severe disease occurs in infants and young children and adults older than 65 years of age. The CDC reports that 15 to 60 million people in the U.S. contract influenza each year leading to over 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices ("ACIP"), which has been expanding recommendations for seasonal influenza vaccination for the last several years, currently recommends seasonal influenza vaccination for children 6 months through 18 years of age, pregnant women, adults over 50 years of age, and individuals of any age with chronic health conditions or who are at high risk of influenza disease. Based on the expanding recommendation of vaccination to new age groups, the growing worldwide population to be vaccinated, and the need of an improved influenza vaccine for the elderly, global market projections of seasonal influenza are estimated to increase from $2.8 billion in 2007 to $6.5 billion by 2013.

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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
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