A New Era of Vaccines
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Novavax, Inc. is a global biotechnology company committed to helping address serious infectious disease globally through the discovery, development, and delivery of innovative vaccines to patients around the world.

Our technology

Our vaccine technology leverages our proprietary recombinant protein-based nanoparticle technology and the immunogenicity-enhancing properties of our Matrix-M™ adjuvant.

Nanoparticles: By organizing recombinant proteins in a nanoparticle, it may help the immune system recognize that target protein from different angles1—the same way that the immune system would see the details of a real pathogen. In our vaccines, there’s no actual virus, just the protein; therefore, these vaccines can't cause disease.

Matrix-M adjuvant: Our Matrix-M adjuvant comes from saponins, naturally occurring compounds in the bark of the Quillaja saponaria (Soapbark) tree, commonly found in Chile. Saponins have a long history of being used for their medicinal properties.2 A vaccine containing another saponin-based adjuvant has previously been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).3

Our areas of research

The world urgently needs new tools to help solve some of our greatest infectious disease challenges. Novavax is applying our unique technology to address current, emerging, and future public health threats. Novavax continually conducts clinical trials, investigations, and gathers real-world evidence in order to develop vaccines to address public health threats. Our scientists in our research and development (R&D) programs are committed to the efficient delivery of new vaccines while maintaining the safety of participants who take part in our trials.

Our areas of research
COVID-19 summary4-6
Covid virus illustration

Pathogenic agent: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus
(SARS-CoV-2)

Location: Worldwide

Transmission: Breathing airborne virus-containing droplets dispersed during coughing, sneezing, or speaking among people in close contact; poorly ventilated or crowded settings; hand contact with contaminated surfaces spread to eyes, nose, or mouth by touching

Global epidemiology:

  • As of November 2022, there have been approximately 6,573,968 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally. Of those, it is estimated that almost 6.6 million have resulted in death due to COVID-19
  • May affect people of any age group; higher risk of severe disease in elderly over 65 years and people with chronic conditions (hypertension, heart/lung disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer)
Seasonal influenza summary7,8
Seasonal influenza illustrations

Pathogenic agent: Influenza A virus and influenza B virus

Location: Worldwide

Transmission: Breathing airborne (up to 1 meter) virus-containing droplets dispersed by coughs and sneezes of infected people; virus-contaminated hand contact

Global epidemiology:

  • Seasonal epidemics each winter in temperate climates; year-round in tropical climates
  • Annual epidemics cause an estimated 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness worldwide
  • Up to 500,000 influenza-related deaths per annum
  • Higher risk of complications in pregnant women, children under 5 years and elderly people over 65 years
  • Higher risk of contracting influenza for healthcare workers
RSV summary9-13
Respiratory syncytial virus illustration

Pathogenic agent: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

Location: Worldwide

Transmission: Coughs and sneezes from infected persons; hand contact on hard or soft surfaces; follows seasonal pattern of annual epidemics, peaking in winter months

Global epidemiology:

  • Nearly all children are infected with RSV at least once within the first 2 years of life
  • Because of the lack of routine testing, quantifying disease burden is challenging
  • RSV is a leading cause of lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) in infants and young children, and significantly impacts older people aged 60+ years
  • RSV-associated LRTI were estimated to account for between approximately 94,600 and 149,400 deaths in children under five years in 2015
  • It was estimated in 2005, there was 33.8 million RSV-associated LRTIs which resulted in 3.4 million hospital admissions for children under five years globally
MERS summary14-17
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) illustration

Pathogenic agent: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Location: 27 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia; 80% of cases reported in Saudi Arabia

Transmission: Direct or indirect contact with infected dromedary camels; infrequent human-to-human contact within households and healthcare settings

Epidemiology:

  • Since outbreak first reported in 2012, 858 known deaths due to MERS-CoV and related complications
  • Case-fatality rate (CFR) up to 35%
  • MERS affects people of both sexes (64.5% of reported cases were male) and all age groups, with more severe disease occurring in older people and those with comorbid conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, heart and lung disease or a weakened immune system
SARS summary18-20
Severe acute respiratory syndrome image

Pathogenic agent: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV)

Location: China, Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, limited cases in other countries in Asia, Europe, USA

Transmission: Airborne route in droplets of saliva; hand contact with contaminated surfaces; trajectory of 2003 epidemic linked with air travel routes; distinct possibility of further outbreaks

Epidemiology:

  • The 2003 SARS outbreak caused over 8000 infections and 800 deaths
  • Case-fatality rate (CFR) estimated up to 9.6%
  • Most patients were previously healthy adults aged 25–70 years

 

Malaria summary21
Malaria illustration

Pathogenic agent: Plasmodium species (five Plasmodium species known to cause malaria; of these, P. falciparum and P. vivax pose the greatest threat)

Location: Sub-Saharan Africa (94% cases), Southeast Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Western Pacific, Americas (ie, warmer regions of the world)

Transmission: Bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes

Epidemiology:

  • There were an estimated 229 million cases of malaria globally in 2019
  • These resulted in 409,000 malaria deaths
  • Children aged under 5 years are the most vulnerable group affected by malaria, accounting for two-thirds of all malaria deaths worldwide
  • Total funding for malaria control and elimination reached an estimated $3 billion in 2019
Ebola virus disease summary22,23
Ebola virus disease illustration Novavax

Pathogenic agent: Ebola virus

Location: Central Africa, West Africa

Transmission: Ebola virus spreads from wild animals to humans and by human-to-human transmission via contact with blood and body fluids or contaminated objects

Epidemiology

  • During the last half-century, there have been 43 outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in Equatorial Africa
  • The largest outbreak occurred in Western Africa and so far caused 28,652 infections and 11,325 deaths between 2013 and 2016
  • Case-fatality rate (CFR) is estimated at 40%–50%
  • The outbreak cost an estimated $2.2 billion to the economy of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in 2015

Our current areas of research include

COVID-19 summary4-6
Covid virus illustration

Pathogenic agent: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus
(SARS-CoV-2)

Location: Worldwide

Transmission: Breathing airborne virus-containing droplets dispersed during coughing, sneezing, or speaking among people in close contact; poorly ventilated or crowded settings; hand contact with contaminated surfaces spread to eyes, nose, or mouth by touching

Global epidemiology:

  • As of November 2022, there have been approximately 6,573,968 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally. Of those, it is estimated that almost 6.6 million have resulted in death due to COVID-19
  • May affect people of any age group; higher risk of severe disease in elderly over 65 years and people with chronic conditions (hypertension, heart/lung disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer)
Seasonal influenza summary7,8
Seasonal influenza illustrations

Pathogenic agent: Influenza A virus and influenza B virus

Location: Worldwide

Transmission: Breathing airborne (up to 1 meter) virus-containing droplets dispersed by coughs and sneezes of infected people; virus-contaminated hand contact

Global epidemiology:

  • Seasonal epidemics each winter in temperate climates; year-round in tropical climates
  • Annual epidemics cause an estimated 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness worldwide
  • Up to 500,000 influenza-related deaths per annum
  • Higher risk of complications in pregnant women, children under 5 years and elderly people over 65 years
  • Higher risk of contracting influenza for healthcare workers
RSV summary9-13
Respiratory syncytial virus illustration

Pathogenic agent: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

Location: Worldwide

Transmission: Coughs and sneezes from infected persons; hand contact on hard or soft surfaces; follows seasonal pattern of annual epidemics, peaking in winter months

Global epidemiology:

  • Nearly all children are infected with RSV at least once within the first 2 years of life
  • Because of the lack of routine testing, quantifying disease burden is challenging
  • RSV is a leading cause of lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) in infants and young children, and significantly impacts older people aged 60+ years
  • RSV-associated LRTI were estimated to account for between approximately 94,600 and 149,400 deaths in children under five years in 2015
  • It was estimated in 2005, there was 33.8 million RSV-associated LRTIs which resulted in 3.4 million hospital admissions for children under five years globally
MERS summary14-17
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) illustration

Pathogenic agent: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Location: 27 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia; 80% of cases reported in Saudi Arabia

Transmission: Direct or indirect contact with infected dromedary camels; infrequent human-to-human contact within households and healthcare settings

Epidemiology:

  • Since outbreak first reported in 2012, 858 known deaths due to MERS-CoV and related complications
  • Case-fatality rate (CFR) up to 35%
  • MERS affects people of both sexes (64.5% of reported cases were male) and all age groups, with more severe disease occurring in older people and those with comorbid conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, heart and lung disease or a weakened immune system
SARS summary18-20
Severe acute respiratory syndrome image

Pathogenic agent: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV)

Location: China, Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, limited cases in other countries in Asia, Europe, USA

Transmission: Airborne route in droplets of saliva; hand contact with contaminated surfaces; trajectory of 2003 epidemic linked with air travel routes; distinct possibility of further outbreaks

Epidemiology:

  • The 2003 SARS outbreak caused over 8000 infections and 800 deaths
  • Case-fatality rate (CFR) estimated up to 9.6%
  • Most patients were previously healthy adults aged 25–70 years

 

Malaria summary21
Malaria illustration

Pathogenic agent: Plasmodium species (five Plasmodium species known to cause malaria; of these, P. falciparum and P. vivax pose the greatest threat)

Location: Sub-Saharan Africa (94% cases), Southeast Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Western Pacific, Americas (ie, warmer regions of the world)

Transmission: Bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes

Epidemiology:

  • There were an estimated 229 million cases of malaria globally in 2019
  • These resulted in 409,000 malaria deaths
  • Children aged under 5 years are the most vulnerable group affected by malaria, accounting for two-thirds of all malaria deaths worldwide
  • Total funding for malaria control and elimination reached an estimated $3 billion in 2019
Ebola virus disease summary22,23
Ebola virus disease illustration Novavax

Pathogenic agent: Ebola virus

Location: Central Africa, West Africa

Transmission: Ebola virus spreads from wild animals to humans and by human-to-human transmission via contact with blood and body fluids or contaminated objects

Epidemiology

  • During the last half-century, there have been 43 outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in Equatorial Africa
  • The largest outbreak occurred in Western Africa and so far caused 28,652 infections and 11,325 deaths between 2013 and 2016
  • Case-fatality rate (CFR) is estimated at 40%–50%
  • The outbreak cost an estimated $2.2 billion to the economy of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in 2015

Clinical trials

At Novavax we are committed to transparency, and we share results from our clinical trials, as well as publish the purpose of each, eligibility of participants, and location of the study. Every trial we run involving one of our vaccines candidates can be found at ClinicalTrials.gov.

Our product

Nuvaxovid dispersion for injection COVID-19 Vaccine (recombinant, adjuvanted)

For healthcare professionals, please visit  https://de.novavaxcovidvaccine.com/hcp

For more information, please contact your healthcare professional.

Contact us

More information is available on our global website, novavax.com.

For all general inquiries, please email us and we will be happy to respond within a few days.

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