Canadian National Defence issues RFP to Bavarian Nordic  

2007.04.12
The Department of National Defence in Canada has issued a request for proposal from Bavarian Nordic for a supply of Modified Vaccinia Ankara based Smallpox Vaccine
The Department of National Defence (DND) in Canada has issued a request for proposal (RFP) from the Danish biopharmaceutical company Bavarian Nordic for a supply of Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) based Smallpox Vaccine for the vaccination of 10,000 people, plus an option to purchase quantities to vaccinate up to an additional 10,000. 
 
Peter Wulff, managing director of Bavarian Nordic says: "It is not a large order, but it is worth noting that it is the Canadian armed forces who are entering the market to acquire smallpox vaccine, and that extends our market beyond civilian health authorities." "It is positive and in principle important that the Department of National Defence in Canada is making this request since it illustrates the gradual acceptance of MVA based smallpox vaccines as the new standard to protect exposed people."
 
Bavarian Nordic has been waiting for some time to gain an order from the US health authorities for the RFP III smallpox vaccine, estimated to be worth DKK 3 bn (USD 540 m). In February, the Danish company announced that it expects to receive the order from the US during 2007. Meanwhile, Wulff says Bavarian Nordic is currently negotiating with three or four other countries regarding orders on smallpox vaccine.
 
Bavarian Nordic has operations in Denmark, Germany, the US and Singapore. The company's patented MVA-BN technology is one of the world's safest multivalent vaccine vectors for development of vaccines against infectious diseases (smallpox and HIV) and cancer. Bavarian Nordic has ongoing development contracts with the US government to develop Imvamune as a safe third-generation smallpox vaccine. The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen and on Bavarian Nordic's website.
 
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