The FINANCIAL — Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited on November 30 announced that it will invest more than 100 Million Euros to build a new manufacturing plant for its dengue vaccine candidate in Singen, Germany.
This represents a major step by Takeda toward meeting important unmet needs in dengue prevention. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dengue is the fastest spreading mosquito-borne viral disease. Forty percent of the world’s population lives under the threat of the dengue virus, which causes an estimated 390 million infections and more than 20,000 deaths each year around the world in people of all ages, according to Takeda.
“This manufacturing plant investment reinforces Takeda’s strong support for our global vaccine strategy in general, and dengue in particular. The new plant will provide millions of people with access to a medicine that addresses a huge unmet medical need. It underlines our commitment to improve the lives of people worldwide,” says Dr. Thomas Wozniewski, Global Manufacturing & Supply Officer at Takeda.
“Our colleagues in Singen have vast experience in lyophilisation technology, which is key for the manufacturing process of Takeda’s dengue vaccine finished product,” notes Thomas Wozniewski. Initial construction activities will start immediately, and the facility should be ready for production in 2019.
On September 7, 2016 Takeda vaccinated the first subject in the Tetravalent Immunization against Dengue Efficacy Study (TIDES). TIDES is now enrolling approximately 20,000 healthy children between the ages of four and 16 years living in dengue-endemic countries in Latin America and Asia. The study is a Phase 3 double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of Takeda’s live-attenuated tetravalent dengue vaccine candidate. The study is evaluating the efficacy of the vaccine candidate to protect subjects against symptomatic dengue fever caused by any of the four dengue virus serotypes, regardless of age and whether the individual has previously been exposed to the virus. The study is also evaluating vaccine safety and immunogenicity, with two doses of the vaccine candidate or placebo administered 90 days apart.
Dr. Rajeev Venkayya, President of Takeda Vaccines, adds “This dengue vaccine production facility is another strong indication of Takeda’s long-term commitment to vaccines. The progress of the dengue TIDES clinical trial, our partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio, the recent initiation of the world’s first field efficacy trial for a norovirus vaccine, and our work with the U.S. Government to develop a Zika vaccine, together demonstrate how Takeda is dedicated to developing and providing vaccines to protect people in need wherever they are.”