Novavax Inc., a late-stage biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, announced during press-release on November 2, about the expansion of its Maryland campus to accommodate the company’s rapid growth as it works to develop its candidate vaccine against COVID-19 and advance its influenza vaccine for global markets. At now, the company has secured two additional properties in Gaithersburg, Maryland to support the Company’s immediate need for additional laboratory and office space for manufacturing, R&D and business operations.
2 Billion in Funding for COVID-19 Vaccine
At this moment the company has a large pivotal Phase 3 trial underway in the UK with another slated to begin in the United States and Mexico in November, as well as several Phase 2 trials ongoing and in the planning phases around the globe.
“NVX-CoV2373 is a vaccine candidate engineered from the genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. NVX-CoV2373 was created using Novavax recombinant nanoparticle technology to generate antigen derived from the coronavirus spike (S) protein and contains Novavax patented saponin-based Matrix adjuvant to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies.
In the Phase 1 portion of its Phase 1/2 clinical trial, NVX-CoV2373 was generally well-tolerated and elicited robust antibody responses numerically superior to that seen in human convalescent sera. NVX-CoV2373 is also being evaluated in a Phase 3 trial in the UK and two ongoing Phase 2 studies that began in August; a Phase 2b trial in South Africa, and a Phase 1/2 continuation in the U.S. and Australia,” – the company said.
The company has received $2 billion in funding for COVID-19 vaccine efforts, including up to $1.6 billion from the U.S. government to help address the global pandemic and up to $388 million from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
At its turn Novavax created a global production network to enable manufacturing and rapid distribution across the U.S., Asia and Europe if and when its COVID-19 vaccine is approved for use. The Company also reported positive Phase 3 data for its influenza vaccine candidate, NanoFlu, earlier this year.
“The expansion of our physical footprint reflects Novavax’ significant growth as we work to both rapidly deliver a COVID-19 vaccine and progress NanoFlu, our influenza vaccine candidate, for regulatory submission and potential commercialization,” said Stanley C. Erck, President and CEO, Novavax.
“We appreciate the support, partnership and speed of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Montgomery County, and the City of Gaithersburg, which have enabled the expansion of our operations, enhanced our ability to retain and attract highly skilled employees, and reinforced our longstanding commitment to the biotechnology sector in Maryland.”
Novavax Estate Transactions
Was confirmed too, that Novavax entered into a 15-year lease for approximately 122,000 square feet located at 700 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, to be used for manufacturing, research and development, and offices. The Company will immediately invest in the buildout of the site to prepare for use beginning in early 2021.
“In addition, the Company’s affiliate, 14 Firstfield Holdings, LLC, purchased a 9.7-acre parcel of land at 14 Firstfield Road, Gaithersburg, that the Company plans to develop in the future to accommodate growth of the Company. Novavax currently occupies approximately 79,000 square feet of office and laboratory space in Gaithersburg,” – was reported in a press release.
The Maryland Department of Commerce, Montgomery County, and the City of Gaithersburg in their turn, are providing a combination of incentives, including conditional loans, grants and tax credits to enable the expansion. Additional terms were not disclosed.