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Imaxio signs agreement to develop animal health vaccine

Imaxio signs an option for a licence agreement with Merial to develop an animal health vaccine. This option agreement confirms the potential of Imaxio’s antigen re-engineering technology to improve animal health vaccines.

Imaxio, a biopharmaceutical company specialised in the areas of vaccines and genomics, announced the signing of an option for a licence agreement with Merial, the animal health division of Sanofi. The aim of this agreement is to develop an animal health vaccine based on Imaxio’s immune-enhancing IMX313 technology.

Merial will conduct an internal review of the IMX313 technology for a period of 12 to 18 months and depending on results, will sign a licence agreement. Details of the vaccine candidate and the financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

"This agreement with Merial further confirms the significance of our IMX313 technology in developing more efficacious vaccines," said Alexandre Le Vert, managing director of Imaxio. "We are committed to pursuing partnerships to license our immune-enhancing IMX313 technology for new indications. This will enable us to offer even more innovative solutions for key players in the animal health sector and on a larger scale, for vaccinations in general."

“Merial is a leader in the development and commercial registration of new vaccine technologies in animal health. We are very pleased to assess the progress of Imaxio’s IMX313 technology and this fits very well into the current strategic needs of Merial,” said Jean-Christophe Audonnet, senior director, research strategy and key alliances, Bio R&D Merial. “This collaboration is an excellent example of the increase in opportunities created in the the Lyonbiopole regional cluster.”

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