NANOLEK will invest 5 billion rubles in the full production cycle
By its 10th anniversary, Nanolek, a biopharmaceutical company, announces a plan to invest 5 billion rubles over 3 years in its full-cycle vaccine production facility in the Kirov region and an R&D Center for Biotech Medicines in Moscow. These steps are to be taken to triple the current vaccine portfolio by 2025 and to make us the leading vaccine manufacturer in the Russian market.
In 2020, Nanolek accounted for 20% of government vaccine purchases on the NPVC, the National Pediatric Vaccine Calendar. The state spent a total of 26.6 billion rubles on vaccines for the calendar, of which about 5.4 billion rubles on Nanolek’s vaccines. The company currently supplies two vaccines to the NPVC: Polymilex, against polio, and Pentaxim (jointly with Sanofi), a five-component combination vaccine to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and diseases caused by Haemophilus influenzae.
The current vaccine portfolio must be tripled to significantly increase the volume of state purchases for the national vaccine calendar in 2025 and to take the lead among vaccine manufacturers. For this reason, Nanolek can no longer do without full-cycle production of vaccines and its proprietary R&D of Biotech Medicines. Over 5 billion rubles will be channeled into these areas in the next three years.
Now we have our proprietary R&D and a full cycle only for solid dosage forms, – comments Vladimir Khristenko, President of Nanolek. – As for the full vaccine production cycle, we are only starting now. This year, we also began creating our proprietary centers for the early development of immunobiological medicines, the R&Ds in the area of biotech medicines. We organize them in partnership with the Institute of Biological Instrumentation with Experimental Production of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IBP RAS) in Pushchino and Sechenov MSMU in Moscow. The plan is to have four or five proprietary developed medicines in our portfolio in a few years. This is the only way for us to become the leader in the Russian vaccine market and to get a head start on global markets. We continue to evolve as part of our mission to protect lives and health by making the world’s best technologies available.”
Now, for Nanolek, the goal of tripling the vaccine portfolio means adding at least four more vaccinations.
HPV vaccine. This year, Nanolek plans to begin Phase I clinical trials of an HPV vaccine, a human papillomavirus vaccine. A high HPV titer increases the risk of cervical cancer in women and laryngeal cancer in men dramatically. This front-line vaccination is a joint project with Combiotech, a research and production company. In Europe, Israel, and the United States, even adults are now receiving HPV vaccines once every five years, although the basic WHO recommendation is to vaccinate adolescents before they become sexually active. The HPV vaccination is expected to appear on the national immunization calendar in 2024.
Pneumococcal vaccine. Clinical trials have been completed, and a 13-valent pneumococcal vaccine is scheduled to hit the market next year.
Meningococcal vaccine. A joint project with Sanofi to transfer the production of a meningococcal vaccine is underway. From a five-year perspective, the two partner companies plan to deepen production of the vaccine against this life-threatening infection step-by-step.
4 proprietary vaccines. Several immunobiological medicines are in the early stages of development at the new R&D center (based at IBP RAS in Pushchino and Sechenov MSMU in Moscow). This is a proprietary covid vaccine and has been in preclinical trials. In the early development stage is a vaccine molecule for the prevention of shingles caused by the herpes zoster virus; this vaccine should be given to people aged 50+. The company has not yet disclosed two other new vaccines it has started working on. The first proprietary vaccine will not hit the market until 2024.
Facts about Nanolek
Nanolek has seen 10 billion rubles invested in it in the last 10 years. The company’s plant in the Kirov region that opened in 2014 was built with an eye on the best international practices and technologies. A total of 25 medicines are now in the Nanolek’s portfolio, and 20 more are at various stages of preparation for release and will hit the market in the next five years.
In 10 years, the company has produced 140 million packages of pills: they can pave the road from Kirov to New Zealand. Nanolek vaccines have also immunized 10 million children in Russia in the first ten years, making the company the country’s sole manufacturer of polio vaccines now.
The plant is not only GMP (good manufacturing practice) certified, but also has regular quality audits by major international pharmaceutical corporations: the Nanolek plant produces medicines in cooperation with Sanofi, Janssen, Merck, Aspen, and other companies.
Nanolek has paid 0.5 billion rubles in taxes to the Kirov region treasury for 10 years and plans to pay another 0.4 billion in taxes in 2021 to all levels of the regional budgets.
Last year, Nanolek showed a multiple of turnover growth: 12 billion rubles in 2020 up from 7.5 billion rubles in 2019.
In early 2021, the Board of Directors approved a new business strategy for five years: the main focus is still the production of pediatric vaccines and medicines to treat severe diseases, as well as full-cycle import substitution in line with the objectives of the Pharma 2030 state program. The company’s structure has evolved to have three divisions now: the first, the flagship division for vaccines, the second for specialized medicines (drugs for the treatment of orphan diseases and cancer), and the third for contract manufacturing.
In March 2021, the company joined the coronavirus prevention task: during a live line with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov announced that Nanolek had been selected as an industrial partner for the production of the CoviVac vaccine (developed by the Chumakov Research Institute). In mid-summer, the company’s high-tech, modern plant in the Kirov region plans to start producing CoviVac so that it can produce 5 million doses by the year-end, cooperating with the Chumakov Institute.
The Heads of the World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, World Health Organization, and World Trade Organization today convened for the first meeting of the Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccines, Therapeutics and Diagnostics for Developing Countries. They issued the following joint statement: “As many countries are struggling with new variants and a third wave of COVID-19 infections, accelerating access to vaccines becomes even more critical to ending the pandemic everywhere and achieving broad-based growth. We are deeply concerned about the limited vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and support for deliveries available to developing countries. Urgent action is needed now to arrest the rising human toll due to the pandemic, and to halt further divergence in the economic recovery between advanced economies and the rest. We have formed a Task Force, as a “war room” to help track, coordinate and advance delivery of COVID-19 health tools to developing countries and to mobilize relevant stakeholders and national leaders to remove critical roadblocks—in support of the priorities set out by World Bank Group, IMF, WHO, and WTO including in the joint statements of June 1 and June 3, and in the IMF staff’s $50 billion proposal. At today’s first meeting, we discussed the urgency of increasing supplies of vaccines, […]
The production of Sputnik V, a vaccine for the coronavirus developed by Russia, began at an Iranian company on Saturday, 26 June. In a ceremony attended by Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki, the production of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine under license started in Iran. Iran has become the first country in the Middle East to produce Sputnik V. The vaccine produced in Iran will be used in the national vaccination program. To date, Sputnik V has been registered in 67 countries globally with a total population of over 3.5 billion people. The data obtained by regulators of a number of countries during the vaccination of the population, including Argentina, Serbia, Bahrain, Hungary, Mexico and others, demonstrates that Sputnik V is one of the safest and most effective vaccines against coronavirus. Sputnik V is based on a proven and well-studied platform of human adenoviral vectors and uses two different vectors for the two shots in a course of vaccination, providing immunity with a longer duration than vaccines using the same delivery mechanism for both shots. Officials say the permission for the rollout of another homegrown vaccine developed jointly by Cuba and the Pasteur Institute of Iran will be granted in the […]
This article provides information on French manufacturers of veterinary medicines and the French Agency for Veterinary Medicinal Products (ANMV). In addition, the article summarizes the results of an inspection of French manufacturers for compliance with the requirements of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), which were conducted in 2017-2020 by specialists of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “The All-Russian State Center for Quality and Standardization of Veterinary Drugs and Feed” (FSBI “VGNKI”) subordinated to Rosselkhoznadzor. French manufacturers of medicines for animals According to the French Association for Animal Health Industry (SIMV), France is the European leader in research and manufacture of veterinary medicines and reagents, with over 6,700 employees, and the largest therapeutic arsenal in Europe (2,700 marketing authorizations). Furthermore, two in every three medicines produced in France are exported . France offers products and services for the prevention and treatment of diseases affecting farm animals (cattle, pigs, sheep, poultry), pets (dogs, cats, horses), and wildlife (foxes, raccoons). In addition, veterinary autogenous vaccines are produced in France. Autogenous vaccine is a vaccine prepared using microorganisms which have been isolated from the same infected animal to which it is then administered. Autogenous vaccines regulation is defined in the Public Health Code and […]
The 67,000-square-foot facility, located on Thermo Fisher’s Carlsbad campus, is part of an investment strategy to ensure customers can reliably meet growing global demand for cell and gene therapies and vaccines.
There are currently 59 Ph. Eur. texts – covering a variety of topics including vaccines for human use, blood products, antibiotics, radiopharmaceuticals and containers – that refer to the RPT and will be affected.
The minister also revealed that the Karaganda pharmaceutical plant will produce extra 1,7 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine. They will be distributed among regions of the country according to the approved schedule.
The Russian Health Ministry has issued a permit to conduct the post-registration clinical trials of the CoviVac shot against the coronavirus infection with the participation of 32,000 volunteers. The corresponding information was published on the website of the state register of clinical trial permits of the Russian Health Ministry on Tuesday. (TASS) “An open comparative study of the preventive efficacy and a non-comparative study of the immunogenicity and safety of the CoviVac preparation (a whole-virion inactivated concentrated purified coronavirus vaccine), produced by the Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution Chumakov Federal Scientific Center for Research and Development of Immune and Biological Products of the Russian Academy of Sciences on healthy volunteers aged 18-60. The beginning of the trials kicked off on June 2, 2021, and will end on December 30, 2022. The number of patients amounts to 32,000,” – according to the information posted on the website. The register also indicates that the trials will be held on the basis of 16 medical organizations in Kirov, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Obninsk, Chelyabinsk, Tatarstan, Zheleznogorsk, Stary Oskol, and Novotroitsk. On February 19, the Russian Healthcare Ministry certified the whole-virion inactivated CoviVac vaccine, developed by the Chumakov Federal Scientific Center for Research and Development […]
Walmart announced the launch of the first-ever private brand analog insulin, which will revolutionize the access and affordability to diabetes care by offering customers a significant price savings without compromising quality. Available exclusively through Walmart’s private ReliOn brand, the new offering includes analog insulin vials ($72.88) and FlexPen® ($85.88). These products will save customers1 between 58% to 75% off the cash price of branded analog insulin products, which translates to a savings of up to $101 per branded vial or $251 per package of branded FlexPens®. The new private label ReliOn™ NovoLog® Insulin (insulin aspart) injection, manufactured by Novo Nordisk, is available in Walmart pharmacies this week, and Sam’s Club pharmacies in mid-July across the United States. ReliOn™ NovoLog® is a rapid-acting insulin analog used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes. Customers will need a prescription in order to purchase the products and should always consult with their doctor regarding their diabetes management. “We know many people with diabetes struggle to manage the financial burden of this condition, and we are focused on helping by providing affordable solutions. We also know this is a condition that disproportionately impacts underserved populations. With ReliOn NovoLog® insulin, we’re […]
Presidential Decree UP-No. 6221 of 5 May 2021 has introduced a registration recognition procedure for medical devices from June 1, 2021. Medical devices that have been registered with the following foreign organizations shall be subject to the recognition procedure: Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USA. Bodies authorized to issue the European Certificate of Conformity (CE), European Union. European Medicines Agency (EMA), European Union. Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), Japan. Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), Republic of Korea. Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), United Kingdom. Medical devices certified under the requirements of the above organizations during the state registration in the Republic of Uzbekistan, shall not be tested in vitro and shall be duly registered no later than fifteen working days. Also, the State Customs Committee (Azimov M. B.), together with the Pharmaceutics Development Agency, the Uzstandard Agency, the Commissioner for the Protection of the Rights and Legitimate Interests of Business Entities and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shall establish permanent control over the import of medical devices and their components provided for in this paragraph, without allowing unnecessary barriers.
Human Vaccine LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) announces the signing of an agreement for the supply of 220 million doses of two-dose Sputnik V Russian COVID-19 vaccine with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). This amount is sufficient to vaccinate 110 million people. The supply agreement with UNICEF for Sputnik V vaccine will broaden access to help meet vaccine demand around the world. Procurement and delivery of the vaccine by UNICEF is subject to the vaccine receiving WHO Emergency Use Listing. The decision is expected soon on the Sputnik V application for WHO Emergency Use Listing that was submitted in October 2020. Concurrently, RDIF will be holding a separate discussion with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to see the Sputnik V vaccine considered for inclusion in the COVAX Facility’s Portfolio of COVID-19 vaccines. The COVAX Facility (co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and WHO) together with UNICEF aims to help end the acute phase of the global pandemic by the end of 2021 by providing rapid, fair and equitable access to safe and effective vaccines to all participating countries and territories regardless of income level, thus enabling […]
The factory, which will be located on a 42 hectare greenfield site is planned to be operational by 2023, will be run by Recipharm and will mirror the company’s new fill finish line at its facility in Monts, France on a larger scale.
It is envisaged to implement the project in three stages from 2021 to 2024, the amount of investment from the company “SOLYPHAR” will be more than 20 million US dollars, in accordance to the international GMP standards.
The global active pharmaceutical ingredient market stood at around $190 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach approximately $300 billion by 2030. This can be attributed to the widening of the application area of drugs, expiration of patented biologics, increase in the incidence of chronic and lifestyle-associated diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, rise in the geriatric population, government initiatives to promote generic drugs, investments in biosimilars, increasing healthcare expenditure, and surging awareness about diseases. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns were imposed by the government in several countries across the world, which disrupted the supply chain and economic activity during the first half of 2020. However, established pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as research institutes, stepped forward to develop a treatment against the coronavirus, which had a positive impact on the API market. Due to High Investments by Major Players, Captive Category Held Larger Share The captive category held the larger share in the active pharmaceutical ingredient market during 2015–2020, and it is expected to retain its position in the upcoming years, based on the type of manufacturer. This can be attributed to the easy availability of raw materials and surging investments by the […]
Etten-Leur, Tokyo, Moscow, June 9, 2021. R-Pharm Group announces the signing of a distribution agreement with PHC Europe B.V., one of the largest suppliers of biopharmaceutical and medical equipment, formerly known as Panasonic Biomedical Sales Europe B.V.. The agreement provides for R-Pharm to register and promote in Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine its high-tech refrigeration equipment, biotech incubators, climate chambers and an entire line of equipment for laboratories, biotech facilities, and medical institutions. PHCbi refrigeration equipment covers a temperature range from +23 to -150 ℃, making it possible to store all known types of vaccines and biologics, as well as blood and its components. It is important to note that the PHC refrigeration equipment is designed not only for medical institutions, but also for research laboratories and biopharmaceutical production. As of today, R-Pharm’s production sites have already purchased more than 20 units of equipment to support the vaccine project. Denis Cherednichenko, Vice-President for Medical Systems at R-Pharm Group: We welcome the agreement between R-Pharm and PHC Europe B.V. coming into force. It represents an important milestone in the development of the strategic partnership between Russia and Japan. Regarding the organization of this cooperation, […]
A Wuhan-based affiliate of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) said the start of operations at a new factory will raise the annual production capacity of its COVID-19 vaccine to at least 1 billion doses.
AstraZeneca has entered into a collaboration with Regeneron to research, develop and commercialise small molecule compounds directed against the GPR75 target with the potential to treat obesity and related co-morbidities. The companies will evenly split research and development costs and share equally in any future potential profits. As published in Science, the new target was found by sequencing nearly 650,000 people and identifying individuals with rare protective mutations. Individuals with at least one inactive copy of the GPR75 gene had lower body mass index (BMI) and, on average, tended to weigh about 12 pounds less and faced a 54% lower risk of obesity than those without the mutation.1 Strong associations were also seen with improvements in diabetes parameters, including glucose lowering.1 Obesity and insulin resistance are key drivers in the development of type-2 diabetes and often lead to cardiorenal complications, as well as liver disease. Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca, said: We are pleased to announce this important collaboration with Regeneron to identify small molecule modulators against GPR75, a newly identified target with genetic validation in metabolic disorders. Obesity and insulin resistance remain key drivers in the development of type-2 diabetes and areas of significant unmet medical […]
The acquisition includes Teneobio’s proprietary bispecific and multispecific antibody technologies, which will enable significant acceleration and efficiency in the discovery and development of new molecules.
Russian pharmaceutical company NovaMedica (part of the RUSNANO portfolio) and the corporation Bayer signed an agreement to provide Bayer with an exclusive license to commercialization of an innovative product developed by NovaMedica, including its manufacturing and promotion. The product in question is used for the treatment of proctologic diseases and has been developed as part of NovaMedica’s own R&D program. Bayer intends to commercialize it under the trade name Reliefipin. The product is a combination of two active ingredients with a therapeutic and pain relieving effect and will be manufactured in the form of topical water-based gel, which ensures effectiveness and convenience in the treatment of such diseases. In developing the product, NovaMedica used technologies that allowed combining previously incompatible active ingredients in one form, while improving their physical and chemical properties manifold. The formulation is patent-protected. Reliefipin will be available at Russian pharmacies as early as this June. The parties do not disclose financial details of the deal. Elena Litvinova, CEO, NovaMedica: “We are building our R&D program with a view to find out-of-the-box solutions to meet the current needs of patients. This is our focus. The fact that Bayer showed interest in our product means recognition of NovaMedica’s […]
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) and Panacea Biotec, one of the leading vaccine and pharmaceutical producers in India, today announced the launch of production of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus. The first batch produced at Panacea Biotec’s facilities at Baddi will be shipped to the Gamaleya Center for quality control. Full-scale production of the vaccine is due to start this summer. Company’s facilities comply with GMP standards and are prequalified by WHO. Sputnik V was registered in India under the emergency use authorization procedure on April 12, 2021 and vaccination against coronavirus with the Russian vaccine started on May 14. As announced in April, RDIF and Panacea have agreed to produce 100 million doses per year of Sputnik V. To date Sputnik V has been registered in 66 countries globally with total population of over 3.2 billion people. Efficacy of Sputnik V is 97.6% based on the analysis of data on coronavirus infection rate among those in Russia vaccinated with both components of Sputnik V from December 5, 2020 to March 31, 2021. The vaccine is based on a proven and well-studied platform of human adenoviral vectors and uses two different vectors for […]
Scientists claim the nanoparticles obtained can carry an increased antibiotic “load” and easily penetrate tissues from the bloodstream and back, ensuring continuous drug delivery to the site of infection.
The Directors-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WTO agreed to enhance their support to members battling COVID-19 by collaborating on a series of workshops to augment the flow of information on the pandemic and by implementing a joint platform for tripartite technical assistance to member governments relating to their needs for medical technologies. As a result of their meeting on 15 June, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Daren Tang and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala issued a joint statement. On June 15, 2021, we, the Directors General of WHO, WIPO and the WTO, met in a spirit of cooperation and solidarity to map out further collaboration to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and the pressing global challenges at the intersection of public health, intellectual property and trade. Acutely conscious of our shared responsibility to communities across the world as they confront a health crisis of unprecedented severity and scale, we pledged to bring the full extent of the expertise and resources of our respective institutions to bear in ending the COVID-19 pandemic and improving the health and well-being of all people, everywhere around the globe. We underscored our commitment to universal, equitable access to COVID-19 […]
Johnson & Johnson has shaken off another lingering liability claim in the US, agreeing a $263 million settlement with New York to resolve lawsuits focused on its role in the US opioid crisis. The last-ditch agreement over the weekend means that a jury trial due to start today will now go ahead without J&J, although other defendants will still be in the spotlight. J&J also said in a statement that it committed to exiting its opioid painkiller business altogether last year. While the company didn’t provide finished opioid drugs, J&J supplied raw materials used to make them, and has been accused by various US states of using deceptive marketing to say the drugs were effective for treating pain and were unlikely to cause addiction. The settlement relates to its marketing and promotion of Duragesic (fentanyl), Nucynta (tapentadol) and Nucynta ER products, which are no lomger on sale in the US. The opioid epidemic has wreaked havoc on countless communities across New York state and the rest of the nation, leaving millions still addicted to dangerous and deadly opioids, – said NY attorney general Letitia James, – Johnson & Johnson helped fuel this fire, but today they’re committing to leaving the opioid business […]
China has provided more than 480 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the world, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said here Friday. Wang Wenbin said China is a firm believer in making COVID-19 vaccines a public good, and has provided the most vaccines to the world. He said China so far has provided vaccines to nearly 100 countries, and announced that it has pledged to provide the first batch of 10 million doses of vaccines to COVAX. Chinese vaccines are the first batch of vaccines obtained by many developing countries. China has carried out joint research and development and cooperative production with many developing countries, and supported relevant companies to cooperate with foreign parties in conducting the phase III clinical trials, Wang said. He said the Chinese vaccines have gained a good reputation in the international community, adding that the safety and effectiveness of Chinese vaccines have been widely recognized. “At present, more than 100 countries have approved the use of Chinese vaccines. The WHO has included China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines in the emergency use list,” Wang said, adding that more than 30 foreign leaders took the lead in taking Chinese vaccines. Pledging that China will continue to contribute […]
For the first quarter of 2021 NPO Microgen, managed by the Nacimbio holding of the Rostec State Corporation, has increased the export of medicinal products to Uzbekistan by more than one and a half times compared to the same period last year. By volume, about 500 thousand packages of medicines have been exported to the republic. The medicines of the pharmacological group of bacteriophages, registered in the country in 2019, turned to be the key sales driver. Their ratio was about 40% of total sales. Sextafag, supplied to Uzbekistan since 2018, was in the highest demand. In the first quarter of this year alone, its sales to the republic exceeded the total annual sales volume of the drug in 2020 by 60%. Sextafag has a broad spectrum of antimicrobial action and is designed for the treatment and prevention of pyoinflammatory and enteric diseases caused by staphylococci, streptococci, Proteus mirabilis, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, and E. coli. Moreover, wholesale supplies to the republic of two types of bacteriophages (Intesti and Staphylococcus bacteriophage) were arranged for the first time. For the Staphylococcus bacteriophage a new, more convenient dosage form of 20 ml was registered in Uzbekistan last year. The Republic of Uzbekistan is Microgen’s […]
American Gene Technologies (AGT), a clinical-stage biotechnology company, announced treatment of the first participant in its Phase I clinical trial to evaluate safety of the cell and gene therapy product AGT103-T. Designated as the RePAIR trial (Restore Potent Antiviral Immune Responses, NCT04561258), participants are infused once with their own CD4 T cells that were enriched, for cells capable of reacting to HIV, and genetically modified to resist infection. The first infusion took place at Washington Health Institute, Washington, D.C. on May 19. This is a first-in-human study for AGT103-T. The primary endpoint is safety; testing related to secondary endpoints evaluates responses to treatment including changes in the immune response to HIV. Participants treated with AGT103-T will be followed for 6 months in this safety study before enrolling in an FDA-mandated 15-year long-term follow up required for all gene therapy trials. Enrollment, product manufacturing, and treatments are ongoing at AGT’s clinical trial sites. “Treating the first person with our product is an important step forward and the culmination of design, development, manufacturing, and approval of the product for human testing. We believe this therapy is capable of changing the body’s ability to fight HIV and the first-in-man study signals the first […]
Parliament wants to strengthen the transparency of both the Agency and all actors in the supply chain, and give a more active role to healthcare professionals, as well as encouraging synergies between EU agencies.
Russia should minimize its dependence on imports of ready-made medicines and pharmaceutical substances, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said on Thursday. /TASS/ “In 2020, we updated the list of drugs strategically important for the country, the production of which should be in a full cycle [created within Russia — TASS]<…> The pace [of production] is important here. Of course, the production of cardiovascular and oncological drugs means long cycles of preclinical and clinical trials, but our work with vaccines has shown that we know how we can, and so we must. We must minimize our country’s dependence on imports <…> both on foreign pharmaceutical substances and on ready-made medicines,” she said at the final board of the Industry and Trade Ministry. Golikova recalled that in 2020, the government updated the list of 215 strategically important drugs, the production of which should be fully located in the country. By 2024-2025, a full production cycle in Russia should be provided for 65% of such drugs, by 2030 — for 80%, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized. “These are mainly painkillers, cardiovascular and oncological drugs <…>”, Golikova specified.
An efficacy study was conducted in Bahrain in accordance with WHO guidelines involving more than 5,000 subjects. Overall efficacy beyond 14 days after administering the second dose was estimated at 94.3%.
This Combination Vaccine May Simplify Execution and Reduce Shots Needed to Complete CDC’s Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule VAXELIS™ (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis, Inactivated Poliovirus, Haemophilus b Conjugate and Hepatitis B Vaccine), developed as part of a U.S.-based partnership between Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Sanofi Pasteur, the global vaccines business unit of Sanofi, is now available in the U.S. VAXELIS is the first and only hexavalent (six-in-one) combination vaccine available in the U.S. indicated for active immunization to help prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, and invasive disease due to Haemophilus influenzae type b. VAXELIS is approved for use as a 3-dose series in children 6 weeks through 4 years of age (prior to the 5th birthday). Given the potential to reduce the number of shots by as many as three in the first six months of life, as compared to pentavalent vaccines plus hepatitis B or Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines, VAXELIS represents an important option for healthcare professionals and parents, – said Joanne Monahan, senior vice president, U.S. Vaccines, Merck. – Merck and Sanofi have been in contact with the major insurers and the appropriate pricing […]
Sanofi and GSK started enrollment in their Phase 3 clinical study to assess the safety, efficacy, and immunogenicity of their adjuvanted recombinant-protein COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The global, randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled Phase 3 study will include more than 35,000 volunteers aged 18 and older from several countries, including sites in the US, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The primary endpoint of the study is the prevention of symptomatic COVID-19 in SARS-CoV-2 naïve adults, with secondary endpoints being the prevention of severe COVID-19 disease and prevention of asymptomatic infection. In a two-stage approach, the study will initially investigate the efficacy of a vaccine formulation targeting the original D.614 virus (Wuhan), while a second stage will evaluate a second formulation targeting the B.1.351 (South African) variant. Recent scientific evidence1 shows that antibodies created against the B.1.351 variant may provide broad cross-protection against other more transmissible variants. The design of the Phase 3, conducted across a broad diversity of geographies, also allows evaluation of the efficacy of the candidate against a variety of circulating variants. Following encouraging interim results from the recent Phase 2 study, the companies will also begin clinical studies in the coming weeks to assess the ability of the adjuvanted recombinant-protein […]
Young scientists from NUST MISIS have presented multilayer antibacterial coatings with a prolonged effect and a universal spectrum of action. The coating is based on modified titanium oxide and several antiseptic components. The coatings can be used in modern implantology as a protective layer for the prevention of concomitant complications – inflammation or implant rejection. The results of the work have been published in the international scientific journal Applied Surface Science. Antibacterial coatings are currently being actively researched, as the search for alternatives to traditional antibiotics is growing. They can be applied to implants, thereby preventing inflammation caused by nosocomial infections. Nevertheless, the creation of antibacterial, but at the same time biocompatible and bioactive surfaces is a problem that the scientific community has been solving for many years, and the “dream materials” have not been developed. Young scientists from the NUST MISIS Laboratory of Inorganic Nanomaterials have created an innovative multilayer coating that synthesizes the protective properties of nanoparticles, biopolymers, anticoagulants and antibiotics. The antibiotic and silver nanoparticles provide an antibacterial effect, while heparin prevents bacterial cells from sticking to the tissue surface, which reduces the amount of antibacterial agent required. The method of obtaining a multilayer coating is a […]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Pfizer Inc.’s (PFE) PREVNAR 20 or Pneumococcal 20-valent Conjugate Vaccine for the prevention of invasive disease and pneumonia caused by the 20 Streptococcus pneumoniae or pneumococcus serotypes in the vaccine in adults ages 18 years and older.
Governments around the world struggle with the logistical challenges of procuring, deploying and administering vaccines at scale. To deliver the vaccines, pharmaceutical companies, logistical partners and governments have come together to create a “cold chain” that ensures vaccines are kept at precise temperatures—adding a major layer of complexity to the delivery of vaccines. The Role of Good Distribution Practices Clearly there’s still much that can be done from a logistical standpoint to ensure the various vaccines are able to reach the people who need them. Complexity and challenges can be found throughout the vaccine cold chain, but one major factor working in our favor is the emergence of new technology and infrastructure that will help ensure the integrity of the vaccine cold chain. Good Distribution Practices (GDP) that describe calibration of all temperature measurement instruments and storage devices are moving from recommendations to requirement—and the quicker they’re adopted and integrated into vaccine logistics globally, the sooner the promise of vaccine prevention could help end the pandemic. GDP was created in U.S. by the FDA, but at present they’re only recommendations and not requirements. Unfortunately, during the pandemic little progress has been made in implementing them more fully, but if they had […]
German biotechnology company BioNTech SE, based in Mainz, and Siemens intend to expand their strategic cooperation. The companies plan to intensify their collaboration for the rapid expansion and creation of production capacity for the Covid-19 vaccine. BioNTech has expressed its aim of establishing new production sites for Covid-19 vaccine production worldwide based on the Marburg plant and its technology, starting with a production facility in Singapore. In Marburg, BioNTech has converted an existing plant into a vaccine production facility with support from Siemens in just five months. Within this cooperation, Siemens will provide the latest automation and digitalization technologies for BioNTech production sites, such as design, simulation, and engineering software as well as process control technology.
Philip Morris International Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Fertin Pharma A/S (Fertin Pharma), a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative pharmaceutical and well-being products based on oral and intra-oral delivery systems, for an enterprise value of DKK 5.1 billion (approximately USD 820 million). “The acquisition of Fertin Pharma will be a significant step forward on our journey toward delivering a smoke-free future—enhancing our smoke-free portfolio, notably in modern oral, and accelerating our progress in beyond nicotine,” stated Jacek Olczak, Chief Executive Officer. “Both PMI and Fertin share a commitment to science and consumer-centric innovations for better living, and I am delighted we have reached this agreement. Fertin’s diverse portfolio of technologies, evolving business mix, and world-class expertise will enrich our innovation pipeline and capabilities, providing speed and scale in oral delivery to support our 2025 goals of generating more than 50% of our net revenues from smoke-free products and at least USD 1 billion from products beyond nicotine.” Fertin Pharma is a privately held company with more than 850 employees and operations in Denmark, Canada, and India. It is a leading contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), specializing in the research, development and production of […]
This review contains the latest information related to inspection of manufacturers of veterinary medicinal products manufactured outside the Russian Federation for compliance with the requirements of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). These inspections are conducted by specialists of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “The All-Russian State Center for Quality and Standardization of Veterinary Drugs and Feed” (FSBI “VGNKI”) subordinated to Rosselkhoznadzor. GMP rules Since January 2021, the GMP Rules of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU GMP Rules), approved by the Resolution of the EEC Council No. 77 of November 3, 2016, entered into force with respect to medicinal products for veterinary use . In January 2021, on the Official Internet Portal of Legal Information publication.pravo.gov.ru the Order of Rosselkhoznadzor No. 1231 of November 17, 2020 “On approval of the application form for issuing a conclusion on the compliance for a manufacturer (foreign manufacturer) of veterinary medicinal products with the GMP Rules requirements, the form of the inspection report based on the results of the inspection of the manufacturer (foreign manufacturer) of veterinary medicinal products for compliance with the GMP Rules requirements and the form of the conclusion on the compliance of the manufacturer (foreign manufacturer) of veterinary medicinal products with […]
Bayer is building a new pharmaceutical facility in Turku and at the same time modernizing its existing production plant. The new production facility will use the latest technology and utilize automation and robotics extensively. The value of the total investment is €250 million, which is one of the largest investments in Finland in recent years. The investment will further strengthen Bayer’s footprint in Finland and Turku’s position as the contraceptive capital of the world. This investment is significant for both Bayer and Finland. It secures long-term supply, which is required to meet Bayer’s global sustainability goals. One of these goals is to provide 100 million women in low-and middle-income countries with access to family planning and modern contraception by the end of 2030. Turku plays a significant role in Bayer’s global sustainability strategy which is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The investment will further promote the measures that our Turku plant has already taken over the past 30 years, to achieve gender equality and support women and their families. This way we can make an impact on women’s health and social status, education and family size, – says Miriam Holstein, CEO of Bayer Nordic Bayer’s global sustainability […]
In October 2020, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) announced that from January 1, 2021, the Rules of Good Manufacturing Practice of the Eurasian Economic Union, approved by the Resolution of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission of November 3, 2016 No. 77, will come into force, in relation to medicinal products for veterinary use. Compliance with these Rules will be taken into account when issuing permits (licenses) to manufacturers of medicinal products for animals for these activities, as well as when inspecting them . In this short overview, we’ll look at some of the articles, presentations and documents that veterinary manufacturers may find useful. EAEU GMP rules The text of the Rules of Good Manufacturing Practice of the Eurasian Economic Union (the EAEU GMP Rules) is published on the website of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) in the section “Resolutions of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission” . The EAEU GMP rules were approved in 2016. They entered into force in 2017, with the exception of the provisions of these Rules concerning the requirements for the production of veterinary medicinal products. The requirements of the EAEU GMP Rules for the manufacture of veterinary medicinal […]
VTB Capital has invested in the pharmaceutical holding company Binnopharm Group. Sistema’s wholly-owned subsidiary LLC Sistema Telecom Assets sold an 11.2% stake in Ristango Holding Limited, which owns 100% of the authorised capital of Binnopharm Group, to Nevsky Property Investments Limited (controlled by VTB Capital). The transaction totalled RUB 7 billion. As a result, Sistema’s effective stake in Binnopharm Group together with its financial partner (VTB Bank) stands at 75.3%; a consortium of investors consisting of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the Russia-China Investment Fund (co-founded by RDIF and China Investment Corporation) and leading Middle Eastern funds holds 12.5%; VTB Capital, represented by Nevsky Property Investments Limited, holds 11.2%. The remaining 1% of shares in Binnopharm Group are owned by a minority shareholder (an individual). Binnopharm Group is a full-cycle Russian pharmaceutical holding company that combines five production sites located in different regions of Russia: JSC Alium (formerly OBL Pharm in the Serpukhov district of the Moscow region), JSC Binnopharm (two sites: Zelenograd and Krasnogorsk), OJSC Sintez (Kurgan) and CJSC Biocom (Stavropol). The Binnopharm Group companies produce a wide range of drugs across therapeutic groups and have the largest portfolio of drugs among Russian manufacturers (more than 450 marketing […]
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on June 11, 2021 that its committee for human medicines (CHMP) has approved a new manufacturing site for the production of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine finished product. The site, operated by Recipharm, is located in Monts, France. In addition to the new manufacturing facility for this vaccine, the CHMP has also given a positive opinion for the addition of several alternative sites responsible for batch control/testing. Already on 4 June 2021, two new sites for the manufacturing of active substance and finished product intermediates, located in the US (ModernaTX, Inc., Norwood, Massachusetts and Lonza Biologics, Inc., Portsmouth, New Hampshire), were approved by CHMP. Together, these changes are expected to allow the production of an additional one to two million vials of ready-to-use vaccine for the European Union market every month. This will increase the supply of the vaccine in the European Union. This recommendation does not require a European Commission decision and the site in Monts can become operational immediately. The changes described will be included in the publicly available information on this vaccine.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Univercells S.A (Univercells) have signed a €30 million loan agreement to enable the production of large volumes of prophylactic COVID-19 vaccines in a new facility and to co-develop a pipeline of COVID-19 vaccines. This facility will address the unprecedented global demand for vaccines brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership backs Univercells’s Belgian hub, strengthening pandemic resilience in Europe and supporting global manufacturing autonomy through Univercells’ efforts to launching new production sites around the world based on the company’s innovative biomanufacturing technology. In collaboration with the European Commission, the EIB Group is on its way to mobilising billions for the COVID-19 response, which it kicked off as soon as the crisis hit to tackle the global health emergency and the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The InnovFin Infectious Diseases Finance Facility (IDFF) was scaled up at the beginning of the outbreak to directly support highly innovative projects that work towards halting the spread of the virus. The programme helps biotech and medtech companies across Europe find solutions for vaccines, cures and diagnostics. The new venture debt to Univercells backed by the IDFF adds to a previous €20 million operation under the programme […]
Interleukin-6 blocking drugs – tocilizumab and sarilumab – act to suppress this overreaction. WHO has launched an expression of interest for prequalification of manufacturers of interleukin-6 receptor blockers.
European Union approval of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine will be delayed because a June 10 deadline to submit data was missed, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, diminishing the shot’s prospects in the EU’s pandemic response, – reports Reuters One of the sources, a German government official, said the failure to provide the necessary clinical trial data to the EU medicines watchdog would postpone any go-ahead in the bloc until at least September. “Approval of Sputnik will be delayed probably until September, maybe until the end of the year,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) had previously been expected to conclude its review of the Russian vaccine and issue a decision in May or June. A second source said the June 10 cut-off date not been met and that EMA had given the vaccine’s developer, Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, another week to file the required data. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which markets the vaccine, said the EMA review was on track. “All of the information on the Sputnik V vaccine clinical trials has been provided and GCP (General Clinical Practice) review has been completed with positive feedback from the […]
Isotope JSC (a part of Rusatom Healthcare JSC, Rosatom’s radiation technologies integrator) has signed a five-year contract with Brazil’s Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN; linked to the National Nuclear Energy Commission or CNEN) to supply lutetium-177 and actinium-225, the most promising medical isotopes in radiopharma. A long-term contract for monthly supplies of 177Lu-trichloride carrier-added became possible following a successful registration of lutetium-177 manufactured by INM JSC and approval of the Russian-made radioisotope for further registration of radiopharmaceutical DOT-IPEN-177 produced by IPEN/CNEN by the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa). The contract strengthens ROSATOM’s standing as the leading supplier of radioisotopes to the Latin American markets. This contract is the result of many years of meticulous work on both sides. It is of great social importance as it opens up new possibilities for the treatment of thousands of patients. With its unique technological base of research reactors, ROSATOM State Corporation produces the widest range of medical isotopes. One of the key tasks of Rusatom Healthcare and Isotope JSC is to increase the availability of radionuclide products which are the foundation of Nuclear Medicine. Collaboration with IPEN-CNEN is an example of international cooperation aimed to introduce high technologies to cancer treatment […]
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) and Sanofi, one of the leading global pharmaceutical companies, agree to cooperate for joint implementation of digital healthcare projects in Russia. The corresponding announcement was made on June 4 on the sidelines of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Sanofi and RDIF are planning to engage in development, maintenance, management and commercialization of Virtual Healthcare products in Russia in four therapeutic areas, including hypertension and diabetes. The products include a range of Sanofi’s initiatives, such as combination of drug therapy and technology, standalone digital therapeutics and tech-enabled virtual healthcare (virtual clinics, telehealth and wearables). The agreement is part of RDIF’s strategy of promoting the leading healthcare technologies in Russia within the framework of RDIF.Healthcare division aiming to develop existing initiatives and launching new investment projects. Thanks to wide international network of partners and accumulated internal expertise, RDIF is implementing a number of leading anti-COVID projects in Russia and globally and is now joining efforts with Sanofi to develop new cutting-edge healthcare solutions in the future.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and its COVAX partners are working with a South African consortium comprising Biovac, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, a network of universities and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish its first COVID mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub. The move follows WHO’s global call for Expression of Interest (EOI) on 16 April 2021 to establish COVID mRNA vaccine technology transfer hubs to scale up production and access to COVID vaccines. Over the coming weeks, the partners will negotiate details with the Government of South Africa and public and private partners inside the country and from around the world. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the full extent of the vaccine gap between developed and developing economies, and how that gap can severely undermine global health security. This landmark initiative is a major advance in the international effort to build vaccine development and manufacturing capacity that will put Africa on a path to self determination. South Africa welcomes the opportunity to host a vaccine technology transfer hub and to build on the capacity and expertise that already exists on the continent to contribute to this effort.” This is great news, particularly for […]
CureVac shares fell by as much as 52% on Thursday after the German biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine proved only 47% effective in an initial trial, denting investor confidence in its ability to take on established rivals, reports Reuters . The disappointing efficacy of the shot known as CVnCoV emerged from an interim analysis in a study of about 40,000 volunteers in Europe and Latin America, with CureVac saying on Wednesday that new variants had proved a headwind. Late-stage trials of BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which like CureVac’s are based on mRNA technology, had efficacy rates of well above 90% but took place when the original version of the coronavirus was dominant. Data on their products have, however, so far suggested only somewhat weaker protection against new variants. “This could cast doubt on competitiveness of its mRNA platform,” Jefferies said in a research note on CureVac’s study. CureVac shares were down 44% at 1005 GMT in Germany, trading at their lowest in more than seven months and wiping more than 6 billion euros off the company’s market value. Public health representatives across the globe are pushing for a fast deployment of available vaccines to counter highly contagious mutations of COVID-19 such as […]
Nanolek, a biopharmaceutical company, announces a plan to invest 5 billion rubles over 3 years in its full-cycle vaccine production facility in the Kirov region and an R&D Center for Biotech Medicines in Moscow.
A Russian military research unit that was involved in the development of Sputnik V is working on a new coronavirus vaccine in the form of chewing gum, the RBC news website reported Friday. The Defense Ministry’s 48th Central Research Institute collaborated with the state-run Gamaleya Research Institute in Moscow to develop and trial Sputnik V last year. Russia, facing accusations of rushing human trials, touted the adenoviral vector vaccine as the world’s first to be approved for widespread use. Citing an unnamed Defense Ministry source and confirmation from the 48th Central Research Institute’s director, RBC said “work is underway” toward developing a mucosal Covid-19 vaccine in the form of chewable tablets and pastilles. “After testing, the drug will be included in various treatment and prevention regimens for coronavirus,” the source was quoted as saying. Col. Sergei Borisevich, who heads the 48th Central Research Institute, confirmed work on the new vaccine but did not specify what stage it was at. Russia has registered a total of four coronavirus vaccines and has reached agreements with close to 70 countries on selling Sputnik V or sharing the technology to manufacture it. Moscow’s active efforts to market the two-shot vaccine around the world has been viewed […]