Over the past year, Pfizer has certainly achieved CEO Ian Read's goal of bulking up beyond best-selling vaccine Prevnar 13. In addition to ushering its meningitis B vaccine through the clinic to an FDA approval, it's made two pickups to expand its marketed portfolio and pipeline. So what's next for the pharma giant's vaccines unit? Perhaps more deals, its leader says.
After a handful of large-scale monotherapy flops for cancer vaccines, many companies now think pairing them up as part of immunotherapy combos might be the way to go. And immuno-oncology pioneer Bristol-Myers Squibb just made a big bet that that's the case. Read more >>
Pfizer and Novartis officially have a nod from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for their recently approved meningitis B vaccines. Problem is, it doesn't cover nearly as large a population as the pharma giants would like. Read more >>
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Two Ebola vaccines, one developed by the NIH and GlaxoSmithKline and the other by Merck and NewLink, have sailed through Liberian trials and, based on the results, may now advance to Phase III trials.
Merck's new-and-improved Gardasil is making headway in Europe with the word late last week that the European Medicines Agency has recommended the jab against 9 types of human papillomavirus and will send its blessing to the European Commission.
A deal's done: Less than a month after receiving Novartis' stall of vaccines products, GlaxoSmithKline has ended the yearlong pricing standoff with the United Kingdom's National Health Service over meningitis B vaccine Bexsero.
In a $31 million development agreement with Emergent BioSolutions announced Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services said it will fund Phase III development for NuThrax, Emergent's new anthrax vaccine that's already been funded through Phase I and II by the NIH and the Department of Defense.
BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guérin) is the only WHO-approved tuberculosis vaccine and is given to infants, but has proven ineffective in adults. Enter GlaxoSmithKline, which, along with Aeras and Kenya Medical Research Institute, will roll their candidate in Phase IIb trials in Kenya.
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