Denmark leads the way in polio vaccine production  

2002.12.13
New production facility will make State Serum Institute the world's largest polio vaccine exporter
Denmark's State Serum Institute has established a manufacturing facility for polio vaccine, reports Biotechdenmark.dk. The DKK 140 million (USD 18 million) plant is the first of its kind in the world and will make the Serum Institute the world's leading exporter of polio vaccine. 90% of the production will go to export markets. The plant is using a new production method to create a wholly synthetic product; conventional manufacturing techniques use bovine serum as a source material, which reportedly carries a finite risk of transferring the virus responsible for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). The facility is expected to reach nameplate capacity by 2005, when it will produce 10 million doses per year. This is expected to generate an annual turnover in the region of DKK 200 million (USD 26 million).

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