Candidates: Vaccine to emerge from three options in development

Category: VAX

Type: mRNA vaccine based on previous pipelines for creation of mRNA-oncovaccines, an area where the company has specialized.

Status: Biocad said March 19 it was working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, with the first animal studies scheduled for the end of April. Biocad disclosed that researchers from the Dongfang Hospital at Shanghai Tongji University and Chinese biotechnology company Stemirna have been working on the vaccine since the end of January, synthesizing matrix ribonucleic acid (mRNA) with several sequences of different antigens. The company said its vaccine can be manufactured in “less than five to six months” since it uses mRNA as opposed to recombinant proteins.


COVID-19: 200 Candidates and Counting

To navigate through the >200 potential therapeutic and vaccine options for COVID-19, GEN has grouped the candidates into four broad categories based on their developmental and (where applicable) clinical progress:

FRONT RUNNER – the most promising therapeutics/vaccines based on clinical progress, favorable data or both.

DEFINITELY MAYBE – earlier phases with promising partners, or more advanced candidates in development that have generated uneven data

KEEPING AN EYE ON… – interesting technology, attracting notable partners, or both, but preliminary data.

TOO SOON TO TELL – longshots pending additional experimental and/or clinical data.

GEN has also tagged the most common treatment types:

● ANTIVIRAL
● VAX
● ANTIBODY
● RNA