Novavax's Head Of Vaccine Research To Participate In WHO Meeting To Develop Global Action Plan For Pandemic Influenza
MALVERN, Pa., May 1, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) today announced that its Vice President of Vaccine Research, Dr. Rick Bright, will participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) meeting for the development of a global action plan for increasing pandemic vaccine supply to develop a plan to alleviate the global shortage of pandemic influenza vaccines. Dr. Bright will join leading scientists, industry, and public health experts from around the world at the meeting, to be held this week at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
"I am extremely pleased to have been invited to participate in this important meeting," Dr. Bright said. "A dialogue between researchers, industry, and public health experts is the best way to develop an approach to protect people around the world from the potentially debilitating effects of influenza." Dr. Bright has more than 15 years of experience as a researcher and is an expert on influenza vaccine and antiviral research, one of a handful of such experts in the world. Prior to joining Novavax in February, 2006, he served at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.
Representatives from national immunization programs, regulatory authorities, and vaccine manufacturers from both industrialized as well as developing countries also will participate in the meeting. More information on the meeting can be obtained from the WHO website at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/influenza/vaccinesconsult2006/en/index.html
At the meeting, Dr. Bright will focus on research and development approaches toward developing a vaccine that would be effective in a pandemic setting. This includes the evaluation of novel influenza vaccine and adjuvant approaches to broaden immune responses and new methods of determining protective immunity raised by vaccines. Dr. Bright and his group's recommendations will be included in a global plan that addresses the 58th World Health Assembly's request for solutions to reduce the current worldwide shortage vaccines for both seasonal and pandemic influenza.
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Novavax is focused on creating differentiated, value-added pharmaceutical and vaccine products and technologies. The company's technology platforms include the virus-like particle (VLP) manufacturing technology utilizing the baculovirus expression system in insect cells, as well as novel vaccine adjuvants based on Novasomes(R), non-phospholipid vesicles and dendrimer technologies. The company is developing a pandemic flu vaccine against H5N1, H9N2 and other avian influenza viruses and a seasonal flu vaccine against human influenza strains using its VLP and Novasome adjuvant technologies. Novavax's drug delivery technologies include the micellar nanoparticle (MNP) technology which is the basis for the development of its first FDA-approved product, ESTRASORB(R). In addition to MNP, Novavax drug delivery technologies include Novasomes(R) and Sterisomes(R), solvent and oil free emulsions for subcutaneous depot injection. The company has several products utilizing the MNP technology in various stages of development.
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