Emergent BioSolutions: The path to re-emergence

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Emergent BioSolutions was arguably one batch away from being a pandemic hero. 
Just months after COVID-19 gripped the world, the Maryland-based life sciences company had locked in deals to manufacture two of the five leading Operation Warp Speed vaccine candidates. 
Shortly after Emergent had inked what eventually became a five-year deal worth at least $480 million with Johnson & Johnson to produce bulk drug substance for Janssen’s vaccine candidate, the U.S. government issued a $628 million task order to reserve capacity for a second OWS innovator — AstraZeneca. This resulted in Emergent signing an additional $261 million deal to make drug substances for the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine candidate. 

Partnering Webinar: Detection of SARS-CoV-2 and other RNA Viruses Using a Novel Improved RT-qPCR Method that Increases Detection Sensitivity and Improves Safety

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NIH researchers will highlight a novel Covid-19 diagnostic technology from the National Eye Institute (NEI). NEI is seeking partners for collaboration and licensing to accelerate technology development and clinical benefit. [….]

Novavax Announces Initial Omicron Cross-Reactivity Data from COVID-19 Vaccine Booster and Adolescent Studies

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Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), a biotechnology company dedicated to developing and commercializing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, today announced initial data evaluating the immune response of its COVID-19 vaccine, NVX-CoV2373, against the Omicron variant as well as additional data from its ongoing Phase 2 boost study. New results demonstrate broad cross-reactivity against Omicron and other circulating variants from a primary 2-dose regimen, with responses that increased following a third dose at six months.

NCI Tech Opportunity Webinar: Use of Tempol as an Antiviral Therapeutic Against COVID-19

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Attendees will hear from NICHD’s Dr. Tracey Rouault about the potential to formulate the compound, Tempol, into a preventative and oral treatment for COVID-19. The replication of the SARS-CoV-2’s genome [….]

Johnson & Johnson Targets Philadelphia for Health Equity Innovation Challenge

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Johnson & Johnson hopes to bridge health insurance divide with its Health Equity Innovation Challenge. The challenge aims to support potential innovative solutions from local entrepreneurs, innovators and local community-based organizations.

Capital Region Emerges as Undisputed Leader in War on Infectious Diseases

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With the Delta variant driving over 100,000 new infections per day across the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. While COVID continues to rage, infectious disease experts are not only battling the ongoing pandemic but are on the lookout for the next virulent threat.

Novavax Initiates Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of Combination Vaccine for COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza

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Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), a biotechnology company dedicated to developing and commercializing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, today announced enrollment of the first participants in a Phase 1/2 study to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of a combination vaccine using Novavax’ seasonal influenza and COVID-19 vaccines. The clinical trial combines Novavax’ recombinant protein-based NVX-CoV2373 and NanoFlu™ vaccine candidates and patented saponin-based Matrix-M™ adjuvant in a single formulation (COVID-NanoFlu Combination Vaccine). Both NVX-CoV2373 and NanoFlu have previously demonstrated strong results as standalone vaccines in Phase 3 clinical trials.