SK Bioscience

The state of the fight: 

India granted Biological E’s Corbevax—a low-cost, patent-free vaccine—its first regulatory authorization.
  A J&J booster was 85% effective against hospitalization in South Africa during the Omicron wave.
  India authorized molnupiravir but omitted the antiviral from its recommended clinical protocol on safety concerns.

 

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Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin generated “superior antibody responses” in children…

The state of the fight: 

U.S. regulators signed off on boosters for all adults.
  India raised a syringe export limit to allow supplies to reach PAHO and UNICEF.
  Pfizer will let Medicines Patent Pool sublicense its oral antiviral to manufacturers in 95 countries.

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Pfizer/BioNTech’s shot generated stronger antibody responses than three rival vaccines. Comirnaty’s performance bested those of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, the…

The state of the fight: 

WHO issued an Emergency Use Listing for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine.
  Kenya’s Revital Healthcare will more than triple its annual syringe production amid a “looming shortfall” in LMICs.
  Pfizer’s Paxlovid antiviral slashed Covid-19 hospitalizations or death by 89%.

 

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WHO listed Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine for emergency use on Wednesday, citing 78% efficacy against Covid-19 of any severity…

The state of the fight: 

The U.S. FDA set a September date to discuss Pfizer/BioNTech boosters while E.U. officials saw “no urgent need” for boosters in the already vaccinated.
  Recruitment started in India for a late-stage trial of Serum Institute of India’s Covovax in children, and Biological E won approval to study its Corbevax in children.
  Prehospital antiplatelet therapy (such as aspirin) was associated with significantly lower in-hospital mortality in some…

The state of the fight: 

Zydus Cadila’s three-dose, needle-free ZyCoV-D became the first authorized DNA-based Covid-19 vaccine.
  AstraZeneca’s AZD7442 long-acting antibody reduced infection risk by 77% in Phase 3.
  PAHO’s Revolving Fund will begin procuring Covid-19 vaccines for member states. Approved or authorized vaccines

 
Assessing antibody levels to predict Moderna’s effectiveness: Researchers at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced…

SK Bioscience signed a deal on Monday to invest $132 million by 2024 to boost vaccine production at its L House facility in Andong, according to local media and Reuters. The South Korean company will reportedly use the funds to buy land and equip the site with expanded capabilities for vaccine platforms including mRNA and viral vectors.

The Andong plant currently produces both the AstraZeneca and Novavax Covid-19 vaccines and recently won good manufacturing practice (GMP) certification…

Seven leading pharma companies released first-quarter 2021 financial results in May, while one Japanese firm reported full-year 2020 results for the fiscal year ending in March. (Figures exclude exchange rate and portfolio changes where applicable.)
 
Leading the pack, first-quarter sales for South Korea’s newly public SK Bioscience soared 397% year-over-year to $101.1 million, as its Covid-19 vaccine CMO business started “making numbers in earnest” in supplying the AstraZeneca/…

The state of the hunt: 

Moderna’s vaccine showed high efficacy in adolescents.
  U.S. regulators cleared a monoclonal antibody from GSK and Vir for emergency use.
  Sanofi and GSK launched the Phase 3 trial of their vaccine candidate.   Approved or authorized vaccines

Moderna touts data for teens: Less than two months after Pfizer and BioNTech boasted of their mRNA-based jab’s 100% efficacy in adolescents, Moderna shared almost identical news. The Massachusetts-…

The state of the hunt:

J&J, Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech pledged to provide 3.5 billion vaccine doses to LMICs at low cost.
  Sanofi touted favorable interim Phase 2 results for its protein-based vaccine candidate.
  Serum Institute of India pushed back its timeline to resume exporting vaccine doses to COVAX.

 

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India’s review of bleeding and clotting events following immunization found a minuscule risk of those…

SK Bioscience made its initial public offering (IPO) last week on the Korea Composite Stock Price Index at 65,000 won ($57.30) per share, jumping as high as 169,000 won on its first day of trading.

The company previously said it would use the offering’s proceeds to accelerate its pneumococcal conjugate shot, SKYPAC, expand its vaccine portfolio and contract manufacturing capacity, and explore overseas investments.