Sanofi, Glaxo join forces to develop coronavirus vaccine

first_imgTwo of the world’s biggest vaccine makers are joining forces to tackle the coronavirus as the number of confirmed infections approaches 2 million worldwide.Sanofi will combine its experimental coronavirus vaccine with GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s adjuvant technology, which may allow more doses of a shot to be produced, the companies said Tuesday. The drugmakers said they plan to start human trials in the second half of this year, with the goal of having a vaccine available by the second half of 2021 if the studies are successful.The collaboration brings together a pair of pharmaceutical giants with manufacturing might in the race to deliver a Covid-19 vaccine. Dozens of companies from Moderna Inc. to Johnson & Johnson, along with universities, are pursuing a shot to halt the rapidly spreading pathogen. Even if developers can meet a target of having a vaccine available in 12 to 18 months, there are concerns about whether they will be able to make enough doses. J&J said last month that it would begin a $1 billion-plus effort with the US government to develop and produce a vaccine. The company said it plans to begin building manufacturing capacity for a billion doses and could have some ready for emergency use as soon as January.Sanofi jumped into the fray in February, betting that earlier work in pursuit of a SARS vaccine could accelerate its effort. The Paris-based company joined with the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, a government agency that funds R&D efforts for health threats.In a collaboration with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, London-based Glaxo agreed the same month to share its know-how with other vaccine developers, starting with the University of Queensland in Australia.Adjuvants are added to some vaccines to enhance the immune response and create stronger protection. They may reduce the amount of vaccine protein required per dose, raising the likelihood of having a shot that can be produced in large quantities, Sanofi and Glaxo said.They also pledged in the statement to make any vaccine that is developed affordable and accessible worldwide.Topics :last_img read more

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FlyQuest becomes first esports partner for Fathead

first_imgFlyQuest, an esports organisation that competes in multiple titles, has entered a strategic partnership with Fathead, LLC, a company that sells licensed and custom decor. This is Fathead’s first venture into esports, and this deal will see the company offer licensed FlyQuest gear.Specifically, FlyQuest wall decals, wall murals, and big head cutouts will be made available through Fathead and its third party retailers. These items will be available on FlyQuest’s website and at events, too. Fathead predominantly deals in traditional sports, so FlyQuest becoming the first officially licensed esports organisation partnered with Fathead is a positive step for the scene.Scott Pogrow, Head of Business Development for FlyQuest discussed this partnership in a statement: “We are extremely excited to welcome Fathead into the FlyFam. Fathead is a market leader in creating life-size wall decals and big heads for major sports and entertainment properties, which now includes esports. Their vision aligns closely with ours of being leaders in providing fans the ability to show off their passion. Our partnership with Fathead allows us to do just that.”Robby Hogle, CEO of Fathead also had his say: “Fathead thrives on providing fans with opportunities to express their team pride in a BIG way, so we are thrilled to partner with FlyQuest, an outstanding organization that cares deeply about their fan base. We love FlyQuest’s approach to fan-inspired activations and feel we can further enhance the fan experience. Fathead is committed to the esports space and will continue to grow our presence, and we are excited to take our first step with FlyQuest.”FlyQuest has added Fathead as a partner alongside Snickers and 5-Hour Energy. Fathead is partnered with the likes of Quicken Loads, Amrock, Rock Ventures, and Cleveland Cavaliers, among many other companies.Esports Insider says: Seeing an esports organisation such as FlyQuest in the company of the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL is always welcome. Fathead’s offering is a tad out of the norm, we’re definitely looking forward to seeing some big head cutouts of the organisation’s players.last_img read more

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