The agreements will grant Emergent and its affiliates the rights to research and commercialize new and existing vaccine candidates using Valneva’s EB66® technology.
The commercial license, which was initially granted to the Oxford-Emergent Tuberculosis Consortium (OETC) for the development of Tuberculosis vaccines, will be transferred to Emergent.
Thomas Lingelbach, President and Chief Executive Officer and Franck Grimaud, President and Chief Business Officer of Valneva, commented, “Emergent has been addressing medical needs and emerging health threats for more than fifteen years, and we look forward to Emergent expanding the field of the EB66® cell line with their innovative vaccine development platforms.”
Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed but do include upfront and annual maintenance payments. If successful, product candidates from these agreements may lead to additional cash payments for achieved milestones along with future royalties on net sales.
To date, Valneva has more than 35 license agreements with the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies for the use of its EB66® vaccine production platform in both human and animal health vaccines.
About Valneva SE
Valneva is a new European biotech company focused on vaccine development and antibody discovery. It was formed in 2013 through the merger between Intercell AG and Vivalis SA. Valneva’s mission is to excel in both antibody discovery, and vaccine development and commercialization, either through in- house programs or in collaboration with industrial partners using innovative technologies developed by the company. Valneva generates diversified revenue from both its marketed product, a vaccine for the prevention of Japanese encephalitis (IXIARO®), commercial partnerships around a portfolio of product candidates (in-house and partnered), and licensed technology platforms (EB66® cell line, VIVA|Screen® antibody discovery technology, and the IC31® adjuvant) developed by Valneva that are becoming widely adopted by the biopharmaceutical industry worldwide. Headquartered in Lyon, France, the company employs approximately 280 people in France, Austria, Scotland, the United States, and Japan. The internationally experienced management team has a proven track-record across research, development, manufacturing, and commercialization.
EB66® Cell Line
Valneva’s EB66® cell line is a highly efficient platform for vaccine production. It is derived from duck embryonic stem cells and today represents a compelling alternative to the use of chicken eggs for large scale manufacturing of human and veterinary vaccines. To date, Valneva has more than 35 research and commercial agreements with the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies to utilize its EB66® technology. The first veterinary vaccine using EB66® technology received market approval in 2012 and a new drug application (NDA) for human pandemic influenza is currently under review in Japan. www.valneva.com
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