Takeda Gains On Sanofi As Two-Shot Dengue Vaccine Advances
While Sanofi late last year became the first company to commercialize a vaccine for dengue, Takeda has strengthened its position as the likely next to market contender following the start of a global Phase III program for its rival product.
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India's top-ranked drug firm Sun Pharma is vying for a play in the dengue vaccines space via a collaboration with the non-profit research organization, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. The partners expect their vaccine candidate to potentially best live-attenuated dengue vaccine candidates, including Sanofi's Dengvaxia.
Takeda is officially in the ballgame, joining the ranks of other firms like Sanofi Pasteur and GlaxoSmithKline, to find a vaccine against the Zika virus after snagging a US government R&D contract worth up to $312m.