Bavarian Nordic Announces Execution of Option on Freeze-Dried IMVAMUNE
ET | Source:Bavarian Nordic A/S
* Option results in $21.9M payment from U.S. Government
KVISTGAARD, Denmark, April 22, 2014 - Bavarian Nordic A/S (OMX: BAVA, OTC:
BVNRY) announced today that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development
Authority (BARDA) has exercised an option at a value of USD 21.9 million under
the existing development contract for freeze-dried IMVAMUNE smallpox vaccine.
This will fund the transfer of the already validated manufacturing process to a
commercial manufacturing line with a larger capacity.
Under the freeze-dried contract, which was awarded in 2009, the Company has
validated the freeze-dried manufacturing process and shown the freeze-dried
formulation to induce an equivalent immune response and efficacy as the current
liquid frozen formulation in numerous animal models.
The execution of this option follows the completion of enrollment of 680 healthy
subjects in a Phase 2 study designed to meet the clinical requirements for
emergency use in the U.S. of the freeze-dried formulation of the vaccine, which
would enable the product to be stockpiled. A freeze-dried formulation is
expected to reduce life cycle management costs based on a longer shelf life.
Data from the study are expected to be submitted to the FDA in 2015, potentially
supporting the production and supply of freeze-dried IMVAMUNE in 2016.
Procurement would need to be conducted through a new contract, which the Company
expects to initiate dialogue with the U.S. Government in 2014.
The exercise of the option does not change the Company's financial guidance for
Chairman of the Board
Anders Hedegaard, President & CEO. Phone +45 23 20 30 64
About Bavarian Nordic
Bavarian Nordic is an international biotechnology company developing and
manufacturing novel cancer immunotherapies and vaccines for infectious diseases.
Lead product candidates are PROSTVAC®, an immunotherapy product candidate for
advanced prostate cancer that is the subject of an ongoing pivotal Phase 3
clinical trial and IMVAMUNE, a non-replicating smallpox vaccine candidate in
Phase 3 development, which is being developed and supplied for emergency use to
the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile under a contract with the U.S. Government.
The vaccine is approved in Canada under the trade name IMVAMUNE and in the
European Union under the trade name IMVANEX®.
Bavarian Nordic's shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen under the symbol
BAVA (Reuters: BAVA.CO, Bloomberg: BAVA.DC). The company has a sponsored Level
1 ADR program listed in the US (OTC) under the symbol BVNRY.
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