The world's biggest vaccine by sales--Prevnar 13--just keeps getting bigger. And in doing so, the shot helped Pfizer notch 44% vaccines growth for the second quarter as the unit saw sales grow from $1.09 billion in last year's Q2 to $1.58 billion during the period this year.
GlaxoSmithKline's malaria vaccine, RTS,S or Mosquirix, has won a positive opinion from the EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use for use in children aged 6 weeks to 17 months outside the European Union, the agency said in a statement.
SutroVax, the vaccine spinoff from Fierce 15 honoree Sutro Biopharma that is developing vaccines for infectious diseases, announced Thursday the completion of a $22 million Series A financing.
With its largest ever investment in a vaccine at stake, Sanofi is in the midst of rolling out the dengue fever vaccine it's worked on for 20 years at a cost of $1.5 billion. But through the launch, Sanofi hopes to recoup all of that expense--plus more.
Final trial results reported in April showed that the efficacy of GlaxoSmithKline's investigational malaria vaccine wanes over time. But the candidate, dubbed RTS,S or Mosquirix, is the furthest along in the quest for a vaccine and so, may win WHO and EMA approval as the first vaccine against malaria.
Although the waning Ebola outbreak had Big Pharmas struggling to find volunteers for their Ebola vaccine trials, two new Phase II trials are going forward. GlaxoSmithKline will take its candidate to Senegal, while Johnson & Johnson and partner Bavarian Nordic will test their vaccine in France and the U.K.
The mosquito-borne West Nile virus has infected more than 41,000 people and killed more than 1,700 people in the U.S. since 1999. But while there is an effective veterinary vaccine for the virus, there is no commercially available human vaccine. The National Institutes of Health's NIAID is launching a Phase I trial of a human vaccine at Duke University.
The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on Wednesday to expand its recommendation for meningitis B vaccines, but it wasn't the broad recommendation that many were hoping to see.
After suffering a Phase III immunotherapy flop in 2013 and restructuring, Vical delivered another piece of damaging news on Monday that sent the company's shares into penny stock territory.
The race for an Ebola vaccine has slowed to a crawl as Big Pharmas GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and Johnson & Johnson struggle to find volunteers who are exposed to enough disease to show whether experimental vaccines actually protect against Ebola infection.