US government buys Danish smallpox vaccine  

2003.02.26
US Department of Health and Human Services has placed a multi-million order with Copenhagen-based Bavarian Nordic A/S

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that Copenhagen-based Bavarian Nordic A/S has been awarded a three-year contract with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to develop Bavarian Nordic’s proprietary MVA-BN safe smallpox vaccine. A total of two contracts have been awarded under the US government’s funding programme resulting in a total funding of USD 20 million during the first twelve months. The contract requires Bavarian Nordic to develop a plan for large-scale manufacture of MVA-BN to demonstrate how it could deliver up to 30 million doses to the federal government.

 

Bavarian Nordic has been developing MVA-BN as a safe smallpox vaccine for the last three years and has already produced a comprehensive package of pre-clinical and clinical data that meets several of the objectives outlined in the US contract. Bavarian Nordic is the only company to have already completed small animal studies and a Phase I clinical study in healthy volunteers, demonstrating the excellent safety and immunogenicity of MVA-BN. The collaboration with HHS is not expected to affect Bavarian Nordic’s expectations for 2003, which remain a turnover of DKK 500 million (USD 72 million) and a profit before tax of DKK 250 (USD 36 million). The news is widely reported in the Danish media today.

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