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Novartis drafts TV celeb Nick Cannon to talk up importance of flu vaccines

To help show Americans just how important its flu vaccines are, Novartis has teamed up with entertainer Nick Cannon, who's advising consumers to prepare for flu season by getting their shots and stocking up on the Swiss pharma's over-the-counter remedy, Theraflu.

GSK taps Slaoui to chair flat-selling vaccines unit with an eye to the future

GlaxoSmithKline's vaccines unit will be getting a new look come next year, when it's expected to absorb the bulk of Novartis' vaccines lineup it bought for $7.1 billion back in April. It'll have some new management, too, with Moncef Slaoui in the chairman's role. And judging from the pharma giant's Q3 results, some change for the unit could be a good thing.

FDA accepts app for Merck, Sanofi 6-in-1 combo vaccine

Sanofi's Pentacel, which protects children against 5 serious diseases, nabbed the No. 3 spot on the world's list of best-selling vaccines last year. Whether an investigational 6-in-1 combo from the French drugmaker and partner Merck can eventually match its success remains to be seen, but the pair is now one step closer to finding out.

Sanofi inks pact with Immune Design to boost herpes vax effort

Sanofi may be trailing in the sprint toward a herpes vaccine, but a new collaboration may give it the boost it needs to stay in the game.

Cancer vaccine partners J&J, Aduro add $817M pact

Back in May, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen and California-based Aduro Biotech inked a $365 million deal centered on the former's vaccine technology as a treatment for prostate cancer. But J&J is convinced Aduro's platform has the potential to bolster its oncology pipeline in other areas, too.

NewLink Ebola vaccine trial begins in U.S. while Glaxo takes its jab to Mali

The race is on to test an experimental Ebola vaccine as West Africa grapples with an out-of-control outbreak and the U.S. scrambles to rectify breaches in protocol after a patient with the virus died at a Dallas hospital and a healthcare worker tested positive for the infection.

Sanofi, Selecta join hands in diabetes vaccine push

Selecta Biosciences and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are widening their 2011 research collaboration for a Type 1 diabetes vaccine--and bringing in a little Big Pharma muscle, too.

Bexsero could be cost-effective for England, model says--but not at Novartis' price

What's the value of Novartis' meningitis B vaccine, Bexsero, to the U.K.? It's a question the company and the country's government have been debating for months now, unable to come to terms on a reasonable price for the jab. But medical journal The BMJ might have an answer.

Sanofi takes rotavirus vax into Phase III with eye on Indian market

India's rotavirus vaccines market is headed for a shake-up, and Sanofi's angling to get in on the action. It got one step closer this week, with its Indian affiliate commencing Phase III clinical trials for its own investigational vaccine.

Study: Adult TB vaccine with low protection rate better than infant jab

A new study suggests that a tuberculosis vaccine with low efficacy in adolescents and adults could be more successful at reducing rates of the disease than a vaccine intended for infants.

Sanofi bird flu vax prompts immune response in PhII--but only with Novartis adjuvant

As it works to refine its vaccine strategy for the event of an avian flu pandemic, the NIH is trialing Sanofi's H7N9 vaccine at a range of doses and with a variety of adjuvant combinations. And now, it has one that looks promising.

Pfizer's meningitis B vaccine is effective when given with HPV jab

Hoping to boost its chances of FDA approval early next year, Pfizer has unveiled results from a Phase II clinical trial for its meningitis B vaccine, showing that the jab is safe and effective in adolescents when given alongside a licensed vaccine for human papillomavirus.

Biotechs angling for T-cell response in race for next-gen herpes vaccine

When Australian biotech Admedus announced Phase I results for its herpes simplex virus vaccine last week, it was far from the first company to do so. A whole new generation of vaccinemakers are trying their hand in a race that's heating up.

UPDATED: Takeda appoints new vaccine development head as Novartis' Oswald heads for the door

There's change at the top of a couple of vaccinemakers, with a pair of companies this week announcing upcoming roster moves. For Takeda, that means signing on a new head of vaccine development, while Novartis' vaccine division head will hit the road.

Could 'space bacteria' help create vaccines?

The weightless microgravity environment of space can alter disease-causing bacteria as they grow--and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

GSK may give Ebola vaccine to West African healthcare workers in early 2015

As the Ebola outbreak continues to ravage Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, GlaxoSmithKline said Phase I trials of its experimental Ebola vaccine are expected to start in West Africa in the next few weeks, and Phase II trials are likely to begin in early 2015.

Immunotherapy combos could provide a new path forward for troubled cancer vaccine field

When John Vansteenkiste of Belgium University Hospitals Leuven reported the full results of GlaxoSmithKline's MAGE-A3 failure at the European Society of Medical Oncology's annual congress last weekend, he wasn't the first to outline a cancer vaccine flop. But he did offer a way out from under the dark cloud hanging over the field, and it's one that some cancer vaccine makers are already embracing.

WHO: NGO mix-up caused Syrian measles vaccine deaths

According to the World Health Organization, an incorrect diluent for the measles/rubella vaccine most likely caused the recent deaths of 15 Syrian children in rural Idleb.

NIH grants up to $70M to develop vaccine adjuvants

The National Institutes of Health has forged 7 research agreements with academic and industry partners aimed at identifying new adjuvant candidates that could be used in vaccines to boost immune responses against various pathogens.

Sanofi to roll out quadrivalent flu jab in Canada amid GSK manufacturing woes

As GlaxoSmithKline's flu vaccine manufacturing struggles in Canada continue, Sanofi is moving into the country with its own four-strain flu blocker. Its Fluzone Quadrivalent will roll out in Canada starting this flu season, it said Wednesday.