CureVac, a pioneer in the field of mRNA-based technology, today announced that the company has initiated its third target product development program in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The program will leverage CureVac’s RNActive technology platform in the development of a prophylactic vaccine to protect against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), adding to the development programs previously initiated by CureVac and the Gates Foundation targeting mRNA vaccines for HIV and Rotavirus.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to utilize our mRNA technology to fight a host of diseases that have a disproportionate impact on the world’s poorest countries,” said Ingmar Hoerr, CEO of CureVac.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, RSV is a common virus spread through coughing and sneezing that is most prevalent during fall, winter and spring. RSV can be especially serious for infants and older adults. Currently, there is no vaccine available to prevent RSV infection.
In March 2015, the Gates Foundation participated with €46M in CureVac’s financing round in the form of an equity investment to support continued development of CureVac’s RNA technology platform and the construction of an industrial scale production facility.