Breakthrough status for Janssen’s RSV vaccine

PharmaTimes | September 05, 2019

Janssen has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for its investigational prophylactic vaccine for the prevention of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-mediated lower respiratory tract disease in adults 60 or older. The designation was based on clinical data with Janssen’s prophylactic RSV senior vaccine that “may demonstrate substantial improvement compared to available standard of care on a clinically significant endpoint,” announced the company. The investigational prophylactic vaccine is currently in a Phase IIb proof of concept study to investigate the safety and efficacy of the vaccine against RSV in adults aged 65 years and older. “With no preventive vaccines or effective antiviral treatments currently available, RSV remains a significant cause of illness in at-risk populations, particularly older adults,” said Johan Van Hoof, global therapeutic area head, vaccines, and managing director, Janssen Vaccines & Prevention.

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The biopharma sector has seen incredible growth in recent decades, with growth the major long-term trend. Total annual revenue has increased from about $4.4 billion in 1990 to now about $275 billion, an increase of 6,250 percent, with biopharmaceuticals now more than 25 percent of the total pharmaceutical market. For over two decades, the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry has created a body of industrial knowledge and institutional experience. The sector can be considered mature, and the trends relatively stable. This can be good for future planning, and it can allow time for things like novel bioprocessing technologies to shake out glitches as they make it through the R&D and the regulatory pipeline.

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The biopharma sector has seen incredible growth in recent decades, with growth the major long-term trend. Total annual revenue has increased from about $4.4 billion in 1990 to now about $275 billion, an increase of 6,250 percent, with biopharmaceuticals now more than 25 percent of the total pharmaceutical market. For over two decades, the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry has created a body of industrial knowledge and institutional experience. The sector can be considered mature, and the trends relatively stable. This can be good for future planning, and it can allow time for things like novel bioprocessing technologies to shake out glitches as they make it through the R&D and the regulatory pipeline.

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