Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Novavax has announced two new deals that will help it speed development of a coronavirus vaccine.
Novavax will partner with fellow Gaithersburg biotech Emergent BioSolutions.
Emergent BioSolutions will serve as a contract development and manufacturing partner, supplying a vaccine based on Novavax’s technology for preclinical testing and for use in a Phase 1 clinical trial within the next four months.
Emergent said it has already initiated work for the program.
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Emergent will develop the vaccine candidate at both its Gaithersburg location and two facilities in Baltimore.
Separately, Novavax announced it has received $4 million from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness to help fund efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.
Novavax has already produced and is currently assessing several recombinant nanoparticle vaccine candidates in animals.