Sanofi licenses technology for new TB vaccine
Sanofi Pasteur has struck a licensing deal with the Statens Serum Institut of Denmark covering the use of its technology for a new tuberculosis vaccine. The pact includes SSI's Intercell IC31 adjuvant and the use of certain fusion proteins. SSI TB vaccine candidates are recombinant protein sub-units, including one currently in a Phase I clinical trial. Results from a previous study showed the SSI TB vaccine technology provided a positive immune response. TB kills two million people a year.Â
"This agreement is a milestone for Sanofi Pasteur," said Wayne Pisano, president and CEO of Sanofi Pasteur, which is also working to develop a vaccine against another one of the biggest global infectious disease killers--malaria. "The current medical arsenal is inadequate for fighting tuberculosis."
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