Moderna Announces Clinical Progress from its Industry-Leading mRNA Vaccine Franchise and Continues Investments to Accelerate Pipeline Development
Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, is today hosting its second annual Vaccines Day, with presentations highlighting the advantages of mRNA vaccines. The Company is also announcing new positive interim Phase 1 data from its Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) vaccine candidate (mRNA-1345) and new 7-month interim Phase 2 data from its cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine candidate. Building on its COVID-19 vaccine clinical development experience, the Company plans to invest resources and continue to leverage the power of its mRNA platform to accelerate the development of its mRNA vaccine pipeline.
“Moderna has one of the world’s largest and most innovative vaccine development pipelines. We believe we have a unique opportunity to develop new vaccines against viruses hurting people around the world, at a pace that is radically different from what the industry has previously done,” said Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer of Moderna. “We are working to further increase our vaccine pipeline and accelerate these important programs. With our mRNA vaccines, we believe we have an opportunity to have a profound impact on human health.”
The vast majority of human viruses do not have a commercially available vaccine. This gap includes many long-known viruses causing a spectrum of long-term sequelae, such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) (discovered in 1956), Zika (1952) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV, 1964), but also includes many emerging novel viruses. Since 1980, an average of two novel viruses that infect humans have been discovered each year. Examples of these novel viruses include HIV 1 (discovered in 1983), Hepatitis C (1989), H1N1 (2009), and SARS-CoV-2 (2019).
To date, Moderna has entered 14 different mRNA vaccine candidates into clinical trials. Clinical data demonstrate that Moderna’s proprietary vaccine technology has been generally well-tolerated and can elicit durable immune responses to viral antigens. The Company has demonstrated the ability to attain high biological flexibility with the ability to develop mRNA vaccines against complex antigens and combination vaccines while leveraging mRNA as a platform with a flexible manufacturing infrastructure to advance a large portfolio quickly and efficiently.
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