Saint-Herblain, France, June 18, 2020 – Valneva SE, (“Valneva”), a specialty vaccine company, and Bavarian Nordic A/S (OMX: BAVA) today announced that they have signed a binding term sheet to establish a partnership for the marketing and distribution of their commercial products. The partnership will provide both companies with additional critical mass, significant commercial synergies and a market leadership position in the specialty vaccine industry.
Under the agreed terms, Valneva will commercialize Bavarian Nordic’s marketed vaccines leveraging its commercial infrastructure in Canada, UK, France and Austria. Valneva will also take responsibility for Belgium and the Netherlands where it will set up new commercial operations. Bavarian Nordic will commercialize Valneva’s marketed products in Germany and Switzerland. The partnership includes vaccines that protect against rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, tick-borne encephalitis and cholera.
The agreement follows Bavarian Nordic’s recent acquisition of two commercial vaccines from GlaxoSmithKline. The transition from current arrangements will commence later this year and through 2021 in line with existing distribution agreements. Valneva expects limited additional revenues in 2020 with more material impact from 2021 onwards.
Thomas Lingelbach, CEO of Valneva, commented, “We are excited to join forces with Bavarian Nordic to continue to build our commercial business and to enhance our product offering to our customers. This partnership provides excellent synergy for both companies as well as greater breadth in our commercial portfolios.”
Paul Chaplin, President & CEO of Bavarian Nordic, added, “We are pleased to collaborate with Valneva in the ongoing commercialization of our business. Valneva’s strong commercial presence combined with our accelerated establishment of a commercial infrastructure allows us to implement the right go-to-market strategy in the different markets and will provide mutual benefits by adding complementary products to both companies’ portfolios.”
About Valneva SE
Valneva is a specialty vaccine company focused on prevention against diseases with major unmet needs. Valneva’s portfolio includes two commercial vaccines for travelers: IXIARO®/JESPECT® indicated for the prevention of Japanese encephalitis and DUKORAL® indicated for the prevention of cholera and, in some countries, prevention of diarrhea caused by ETEC. The Company has various vaccines in development including unique vaccines against Lyme disease and chikungunya. Valneva has operations in Austria, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and the US with over 500 employees. For more information, visit www.valneva.com and follow the Company on LinkedIn.
About Bavarian Nordic
Bavarian Nordic is a fully integrated biotechnology company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of life-saving vaccines. Bavarian Nordic is a global leader in smallpox vaccines and has been a long-term supplier to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile of a non-replicating smallpox vaccine, which has been approved by the FDA under the trade name JYNNEOS®, also for the protection against monkeypox. The vaccine is approved as a smallpox vaccine in Europe under the trade name IMVANEX® and in Canada under the trade name IMVAMUNE®. Bavarian Nordic’s commercial product portfolio furthermore contains market-leading vaccines Rabipur®/RabAvert® against rabies and Encepur® against tick-borne encephalitis. Using its live virus vaccine platform technology, MVA-BN®, Bavarian Nordic has created a diverse portfolio of proprietary and partnered product candidates designed to save and improve lives by unlocking the power of the immune system, including an investigational Ebola vaccine, licensed to Janssen. For more information visit www.bavarian-nordic.com.
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