Takeda Leads Uncluttered Race For First Norovirus Therapy
Although norovirus infections are implicated in roughly 200,000 deaths per year, there are only four candidates in clinical development, Datamonitor Healthcare notes. This may be due partly to challenges posed by the virus' strain diversity and a lack of epidemiologic data.
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Takeda has initiated dosing in the first field trial globally with a candidate vaccine for norovirus, maintaining its clear development lead in the area.
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