Bloomberg: The Way Ahead

By Catherine Hanley on Oct 1, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Emergent BioSolutions, a Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking customer since 2011, helps governments respond to health emergencies before they happen. Eight years ago, they were planning for a crisis like Covid-19. America will need hundreds of millions of doses of a vaccine. Emergent is manufacturing them now, before they've been approved for use, so they'll be ready if they measure up. 

Topics: COVID-19

Strategizing for Rapid Changeovers in Biologics Manufacturing

By Catherine Hanley on Sep 21, 2020 3:17:37 PM

Syed T. Husain, senior vice president and CDMO business unit head at Emergent BioSolutions recently contributed to an editorial titled, "Strategizing for Rapid Changeovers in Biologics Manufacturing" in the September issue of BioPharm International. 

Read the full article here

Topics: editorials
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All Hands on Deck for Fill/Finish of Vaccines and Therapeutics

By Catherine Hanley on Aug 31, 2020 4:58:00 PM

“Emergent has a long, successful history of working with the US government to develop, manufacture, and deliver safe and effective medical countermeasures for public health. BARDA has been an excellent partner, across all levels from leadership to the project and technical teams with whom we work closely. As partners on a team, we work collaboratively to monitor, evaluate, and progress projects and help remove barriers that slow down the directive of Operation Warp Speed.”

Dino Muzzin, senior vice president of manufacturing operations at Emergent BioSolutions contributed to an editorial in the August issue of Pharmaceutical Technology on the pivotal role outsourcing partners are having in the rapid development and production of COVID-19 vaccine candidates. 

Read the full article here

Topics: COVID-19
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Preparing Pandemic Vaccine Capacity

By Catherine Hanley on Aug 18, 2020 9:59:52 AM

Dino Muzzin, senior vice president of manufacturing operations at Emergent BioSolutions recently contributed to an editorial in Pharmtech.com discussing the importance of collaboration between innovators, manufacturing partners, and the entire supply chain when preparing for rapid scale-up of COVID-19 vaccine candidates. 

Topics: COVID-19

COVID-19: 'Pandemic-ready' set-up placing Emergent apart in CDMO Space

By Catherine Hanley on Jul 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

In a recent article with BioProcess International, Syed T. Husain, senior vice president & CDMO business unit head at Emergent BioSolutions, discusses the critical role Emergent has in supporting the development & manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccine candidates. 

Topics: COVID-19
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Emergent BioSolutions Signs Agreement with AstraZeneca to Expand Manufacturing for COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

By Catherine Hanley on Jul 27, 2020 8:56:21 AM

  • Emergent will provide contract development and manufacturing services beginning in 2020 to produce drug substance at large scale for commercial supply
  • Agreement is valued at approximately $174 million through 2021 and brings the total AstraZeneca commitment to $261 million
  • Parties may enter into additional commercial manufacturing commitments as the candidate progresses over three years through Emergent’s flexible capacity deployment model

GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) today announced that it has signed an agreement to provide contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) services for large-scale commercial drug substance manufacturing for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222. The agreement is valued at approximately $174 million through 2021 and follows an $87 million contract in June for development services, performance and process qualification, raw materials and an initial capacity reservation.

Topics: COVID-19 news
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Disease Prevention & Control Summit America 2020

By Catherine Hanley on Jul 21, 2020 4:51:41 PM

Emergent will be participating in the Disease Prevention & Control Summit taking place virtually, July 28 - 29, 2020. 

Schedule a Meeting with Emergent

Dates: July 28 - 29, 2020 

Location: Virtual Conference

Register for free here

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EMERGENT IN THE NEWS: COVID-19 General Coverage

By Catherine Hanley on Jul 7, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Read the latest news coverage of Emergent's insights and involvement in the fight against COVID-19.
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Topics: COVID-19
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BPI Theater Encore Event: July 8 & 9

By Catherine Hanley on Jul 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Missed our presentation at the BioProcess International Theater during BIO Digital? BPI is hosting an encore event on July 8 & 9 with access to more than 30 scientific presentations, executive interviews, and panel discussions focusing on emerging therapies and technologies.

Register for free to listen to Emergent's on demand presentation: Solutions for Rapid Development and Manufacturing Responses to COVID-19 and Other Public Health Threats.


When: July 8, 2020 at 2:15 PM ET
Where: OnDemand
Presenter: Richard W. Welch, PhD, Vice President, Development Services at Emergent BioSolutions

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Emergent BioSolutions Signs Five-Year Agreement for Large-Scale Drug Substance Manufacturing for Johnson & Johnson’s Lead COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

By Catherine Hanley on Jul 6, 2020 9:35:00 AM

  • Emergent will provide contract development and manufacturing services beginning in 2021 to produce drug substance at large scale for commercial manufacturing with first two years valued at approximately $480 million
  • For the remaining three years beginning in 2023, Emergent will provide a flexible capacity deployment model to support annual dose requirements

GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) today announced a five-year manufacturing services agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, for large-scale drug substance manufacturing for Johnson & Johnson’s investigational SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, Ad26.COV2-S, recombinant based on the AdVac® technology. Emergent will provide contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) services to produce drug substance at large scale over five years, valued at approximately $480 million for the first two years.

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On the Radio: Sean Kirk Discusses Emergent's Role in Supporting COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates

By Catherine Hanley on Jun 26, 2020 1:40:26 PM

Washington Wonk-FM's Stacy Lyn recently spoke to Emergent Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Technical Operations Sean Kirk regarding the company's recent partnerships and ongoing efforts to support COVID-19 vaccine candidates.  

Listen to the full interview here. 

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Emergent BioSolutions to Invest $75 Million in Canton Site and Expand Viral Vector and Gene Therapy Capability

By Catherine Hanley on Jun 18, 2020 9:15:00 AM

  • Company acquires property adjacent to its Canton, Massachusetts live viral drug substance development and manufacturing facility to increase campus footprint and build out advanced therapy capability
  • Advanced therapy CDMO drug substance manufacturing services expected to be available beginning in 2023
  • Expansion will enable molecule-to-market CDMO services in viral vector and gene therapy utilizing Emergent’s integrated network with development services and drug product manufacturing to be offered out of its Gaithersburg and Rockville, Maryland facilities, respectively   

GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emergent BioSolutions (NYSE: EBS) today announced that it will further strengthen its contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) capabilities by expanding into viral vector and gene therapy. The company will invest $75 million in its Canton, Massachusetts facility, which is focused on the development and manufacturing of drug substance for live viral vaccines, including the company’s smallpox vaccine.

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Editorial: Good Manufacturing Practices: Challenges with Compliance

By Catherine Hanley on Jun 17, 2020 9:36:31 AM

Dino Muzzin, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Operations at Emergent, recently contributed to an article in BioPharm International titled, Good Manufacturing Practices: Challenges with Compliance.

In this article, Muzzin and other industry experts discuss obstacles, best practices for compliance, and where further guidance may be needed to fill the gaps in GMPs.

Topics: editorials
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Emergent BioSolutions Signs Agreement to be U.S. Manufacturing Partner for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

By Catherine Hanley on Jun 11, 2020 3:45:36 PM

  • Emergent will provide contract development and manufacturing services and secure large-scale manufacturing capacity through 2020 to support AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate
  • Agreement valued at approximately $87 million

GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) today announced it will deploy its molecule-to-market contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) services to support the manufacturing of AstraZeneca’s vaccine candidate for COVID-19, AZD1222, a viral vector-based, weakened version of adenovirus containing the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, developed by Oxford University’s Jenner institute working with the Oxford Vaccine Group.

Topics: COVID-19
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BPI Theater Presentation at Bio Digital

By Catherine Hanley on Jun 5, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Topic: Solutions for Rapid Development and Manufacturing Responses to COVID-19 and Other Public Health Threats

Speaker: Richard W. Welch, Ph.D., Vice President Development Services, Emergent BioSolutions

Date: OnDemand Presentation

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Emergent Participating in Virtual Partnering at BIO Digital, June 8 - 12

By Catherine Hanley on Jun 3, 2020 4:36:33 PM

Emergent BioSolutions will be participating in Bio Digital the week of June 8 - 12. 

Wherever you are in your journey, Emergent offers solutions from a respected CDMO with extensive experience working with governments, regulatory agencies, and biopharma companies of all sizes.

Request a Meeting
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Emergent Continues to Expand Role in Support of Development and Manufacturing of COVID-19 Vaccines

By Catherine Hanley on Jun 2, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Emergent BioSolutions recently announced that it has been issued a task order under an existing contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), to deploy its contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) capacities, capabilities, and expertise to support the U.S. government’s efforts to accelerate delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.

Topics: COVID-19
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Emergent BioSolutions Joins U.S. Government’s Warp Speed Program in Landmark Public-Private CDMO Partnership for COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Manufacturing

By Catherine Hanley on Jun 1, 2020 6:45:00 AM

  • Emergent and HHS expand 2012 CIADM public-private partnership with task order valued at approximately $628 million for rapid domestic production of leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates through 2021  
  • Emergent will provide molecule-to-market CDMO services and commit manufacturing capacity, valued at approximately $542.7 million, paving the way for pharmaceutical and biotechnology innovators to advance COVID-19 programs
  • Task order also includes approximately $85.5 million for expansion of Emergent’s viral and non-viral CDMO drug product fill/finish capacity

GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)  - Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) today announced that it has been issued a task order under an existing contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), to deploy its contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) capacities, capabilities, and expertise to support the U.S. government’s efforts to accelerate delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.

Topics: COVID-19
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May 4th Webinar: Rapid Readiness for Pandemic Response

By Catherine Hanley on Apr 26, 2020 5:09:37 PM

Watch our latest webinar on the topic of how drug developers can maximize capacity, capabilities and expertise for pandemic response. This presentation is Part 2 in a Coronavirus Virtual Series brought to you by FiercePharma with featured speaker Sean Kirk, EVP Manufacturing & Technical Operations.

Topics: COVID-19 webinar
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Emergent BioSolutions Signs Agreement to be U.S. Manufacturing Partner for Johnson & Johnson’s Lead Vaccine Candidate for COVID-19

By Catherine Hanley on Apr 26, 2020 5:03:01 PM

GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) today announced an agreement whereby Emergent will deploy its contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) services to support the manufacturing of Johnson & Johnson’s lead vaccine candidate for COVID-19 that leverages the AdVac® and PER.C6® technologies from the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

Topics: COVID-19 J&J
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Webinar: Finding Solutions for public health threats: COVID-19

By Catherine Hanley on Apr 17, 2020 12:04:47 PM

What are innovators doing to speed up the path to treating and preventing COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus has quickly taken over many aspects of the daily lives of people around the globe, stressing the healthcare system and putting

scientists at the forefront of this pandemic. Explore this new topic with Dr. Richard Welch, as he discusses how companies are mounting a rapid and effective response to the current challenges of the latest public health threats.

Topics: COVID-19
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Emergent BioSolutions Signs Agreement with Novavax to Manufacture NanoFlu™

By Catherine Hanley on Mar 31, 2020 5:00:00 PM

  • CDMO agreement for NanoFlu to support pathway to licensure
  • Expanded collaboration now includes NanoFlu and COVID-19 vaccine candidate

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) today announced an agreement with Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX) whereby Emergent will provide molecule-to-market contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) services to produce Novavax’s NanoFlu™, its recombinant quadrivalent seasonal influenza vaccine candidate with its proprietary Matrix-M™ adjuvant. Novavax recently announced that NanoFlu met all primary objectives in its Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating immunogenicity and safety in adults aged 65 and older.

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Novavax + Emergent: In the news

By Catherine Hanley on Mar 23, 2020 8:08:22 AM

Original news coverage of Novavax's agreement with Emergent BioSolutions to manufacture and develop an experimental oral vaccine candidate for the Coronavirus Disease.

Topics: Novovax COVID-19
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Vaxart + Emergent: In the news

By Catherine Hanley on Mar 23, 2020 8:05:18 AM

Original news coverage of Vaxart's agreement with Emergent BioSolutions to manufacture and develop an experimental oral vaccine candidate for the Coronavirus Disease.

Topics: COVID-19 Vaxart
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Vaxart AGREEMENT for Experimental Oral Vaccine Candidate for Coronavirus Disease

By Catherine Hanley on Mar 18, 2020 10:14:34 PM

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Vaxart, Inc. (Nasdaq: VXRT), a clinical-stage biotechnology company, whereby Emergent has agreed to utilize its molecule-to-market contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) services to develop and manufacture Vaxart’s experimental oral vaccine candidate for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Development services will begin immediately, and upon Vaxart’s election, Emergent agrees to produce clinical material expected to enable Vaxart to initiate a Phase 1 clinical study anticipated early in the second half of 2020. Vaxart’s oral recombinant vaccine candidate is based on its proprietary VAAST™ platform.

Topics: COVID-19 Vaxart
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Novavax agreement for Experimental Vaccine Candidate for Coronavirus Disease

By Catherine Hanley on Mar 18, 2020 10:14:28 PM

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX) whereby Emergent will collaborate with Novavax, utilizing its molecule-to-market contract development and manufacturing (CDMO) services to support bringing into the clinic Novavax’s novel experimental vaccine candidate to protect against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Under the terms of the agreement, Emergent will produce the COVID-19 experimental vaccine candidate, which is based on the proprietary recombinant protein nanoparticle technology platform of Novavax and utilizing their proprietary Matrix-M™ adjuvant to enhance immune responses. Emergent has initiated work for this program anticipating that the COVID-19 experimental vaccine candidate will be used in a Phase 1 clinical study within the next four months.

Topics: Novovax COVID-19
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In Conversation: Sean Kirk, Emergent BioSolutions

By Catherine Hanley on Mar 17, 2020 2:17:00 PM

Following up on the recent article Two Maryland Biotechs Partner to Bring Coronavirus/COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate into Clinical Trials, BioBuzz had the opportunity to speak with Emergent BioSolutions Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Technical Operations, Sean Kirk.

Topics: COVID-19

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