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May 30, 2007

Nobilon Acquires Rights from Vivalis to Advance its Flu Vaccine Initiative

  • Nobilon acquired rights from Vivalis to its EBx® cell lines and related technology platform. The cell lines, which are derived from avian embryonic stem cells, along with the technology, will be used to develop, produce, and market human influenza vaccines, including seasonal and pandemic.

    This worldwide, nonexclusive license deal includes an upfront payment, milestones, and royalties.

    “All human influenza vaccines currently available on the market are produced on chicken eggs,” notes Han van den Bosch, director R&D at Nobilon. “Nobilon already utilizes modern cell culture production, which has major advantages over egg production. We have several vaccines produced on mammalian cells in various stages of development. The Vivalis EBx avian cell line provides us with additional means for influenza vaccine production in the near future.”



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MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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