VBI Vaccines Announces Research Collaboration With Sanofi Pasteur to Enhance Vaccine Stability

  • Sanofi Pasteur has chosen VBI's LPV™ technology to develop a more stable formulation of a key Sanofi Pasteur vaccine candidate.
  • The collaboration will leverage VBI's LPV™ technology, which allows for the stabilization of vaccine antigens and biologics.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBI Vaccines Inc. (Nasdaq:VBIV) ("VBI") announced today that it has entered into a research collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur to apply VBI's LPV™ (Lipid Particle Vaccine) formulation technology to further the development of a key Sanofi Pasteur vaccine candidate.

Under the collaboration agreement, Sanofi Pasteur will leverage VBI's LPV™ technology and expertise to reformulate a Sanofi Pasteur vaccine candidate to provide improved stability. The collaboration provides Sanofi Pasteur with the option to acquire certain worldwide rights to use VBI's LPV™ technology in its vaccines. The vaccine candidate and the terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"VBI is proud to be working with Sanofi Pasteur, a significant global vaccine manufacturer, to provide a more stable formulation of one of its key pipeline assets," said Jeff Baxter, VBI's President and CEO. "Our LPV™ technology has shown great promise in stabilizing vaccines and biologics of a variety of classes and targets. This collaboration reinforces the potential of our technology."

Stability is a critical issue affecting vaccine potency, safety, and ultimately patient access. LPV™ technology has the potential to confer thermostability up to 40° C by using a proprietary process and lipids which surround and enclose the antigen (active component) of a vaccine or biologic. To learn more about VBI's vaccine platforms, visit: http://www.vbivaccines.com/technology.

About VBI Vaccines Inc.

VBI Vaccines Inc. ("VBI") is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel technologies that seek to expand vaccine protection in large underserved markets. VBI's eVLP vaccine platform allows for the design of enveloped ("e") virus-like particle ("VLP") vaccines that closely mimic the target virus. VBI's lead eVLP asset is a prophylactic Cytomegalovirus ("CMV") vaccine; VBI has initiated work for GMP manufacturing of its CMV candidate for use in formal preclinical and Phase I trials. VBI's LPV platform is a thermostable technology that enables the development of vaccines and biologics that can withstand storage or shipment at constantly fluctuating temperatures. VBI has completed proof of concept thermostability studies on a number of vaccine and biologic targets. VBI is headquartered in Cambridge, MA with research facilities in Ottawa, Canada.

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VBI Company Contact

Jeff Baxter, President and CEO
Phone: (617) 830-3031 x125

VBI Investor Contacts

Robert B. Prag, President
The Del Mar Consulting Group, Inc.
Phone: (858) 361-1786

Scott Wilfong, President
Alex Partners, LLC
Phone: (425) 242-0891