The preventative vaccine is the first human vaccine produced in EB66® cells to be approved by any regulatory authority in the world. The vaccine has been developed in accordance to the Japanese government’s plan to rapidly respond to an influenza pandemic both before and during an outbreak, and has been approved for prophylaxis of pandemic H5N1 influenza.
Kaketsuken has recently completed the construction of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kumamoto. Following a national directive, Kaketsuken will produce pandemic H5N1 vaccine for more than 40 million people within six months after the virus strain for vaccine production is decided.
Thomas Lingelbach, President and Chief Executive Officer and Franck Grimaud, President and Chief Business Officer of Valneva, commented, “This is a landmark in Valneva’s history as it validates the use of our technology for human vaccines at a time when the regulatory environment is very demanding. Valneva will remain committed to doing all it can to support governments and health authorities around the world in planning to respond to a global influenza pandemic.” Valneva (formerly Vivalis) granted an exclusive commercial license to GSK to develop and market worldwide pandemic and seasonal human influenza vaccines using Valneva’s EB66® technology. GSK, which has been developing its own EB66® cell based influenza vaccines in the US, signed an agreement with Kaketsuken in 2009 to co-develop, manufacture and supply EB66®-based influenza vaccines in Japan. In 2013, The Texas A&M University System received approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish US$91 million influenza vaccines manufacturing facility to be built in Texas in partnership with GSK.
To date, Valneva has more than 35 license agreements with the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies for the use of its EB66® cell line technology in both human and animal health vaccines.
About Valneva SE
Valneva is a European biotech company focused on vaccine development and antibody discovery. It was formed in 2013 through the merger of 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 revenues 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 300 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. www.valneva.com
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