VBI Poised To Take On GSK, Dynavax As Hep B Vaccination Market Takes Off
VBI Vaccines obtained FDA approval of its three-antigen hepatitis B vaccine PreHevbrio and will take on GSK’s Engerix-B and Dynavax’s Heplisav-B as CDC recommends universal HBV immunization.
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Partnerships between big pharma and biotech focused on biologic therapies for hepatitis B could reap the benefit of less competition as lone biotechs, such as Aligos, discontinue their candidates.
VBI’s Sci-B-Vac CONSTANT data firmly establishes the hepatitis B vaccine’s advantages over GSK’s longstanding Engerix-B, but it faces a tougher challenge with Heplisav-B from Dynavax.
Hepatitis B vaccine's favorable efficacy data relative to GSK's Engerix-B and neutral safety language mean that any partnership opportunity 'would need to be a highly attractive one to alter our current course,' Dynavax CEO Gray says.