Solvay Pharmaceuticals awarded $298 million, five-year contract by U.S. department of Health & Human Services for flu pandemic preparedness

Contract Covers Development of Cell-Based Influenza Vaccines and Planning for a U.S. Manufacturing Facility

Solvay Pharmaceuticals announced today that it was awarded a $298 million, five-year contract from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop cell-based influenza vaccines and plan for domestic manufacturing capacity in the U.S.

The milestone-based contract, awarded to Solvay Pharmaceuticals in the U.S., covers the development and testing of new influenza vaccines including pandemic vaccines that are produced using cell-based technology and the development of a master plan to manufacture, formulate, fill and package annual and pandemic influenza vaccines in a new U.S.-based facility.  Other activities that will be supported by the award include the submission of an Investigational New Drug (IND) application, pre-clinical and clinical studies for seasonal and pandemic-like vaccines, adjuvant development and a Biologics License Application (BLA) allowing for the distribution and marketing of influenza vaccines in the U.S.  The award also includes funding to support development and design costs associated with establishing a new U.S.-based influenza vaccine manufacturing facility.

“Cell-based influenza vaccines can play an important role in pandemic preparedness and provide an alternative to existing technologies designed to prevent the seasonal flu,” said Werner Cautreels, Ph.D., CEO of Solvay Pharmaceuticals.  “Solvay Pharmaceuticals’ 50-year heritage in the influenza vaccine business and 15 years of experience in researching and developing cell-based influenza vaccines uniquely position us to fulfill the requirements of this contract.”

“Our expertise gained from building our new commercial scale, cell-based influenza vaccine manufacturing facility in The Netherlands provides a strong foundation for the development of a similar facility in the U.S.” said Cautreels.  “We look forward to working closely with the U.S. government to ensure access to our influenza vaccine technology for the American public.”

Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., of Marietta, Georgia is the U.S. subsidiary of Solvay Pharmaceuticals. For more information,visit

Solvay Pharmaceuticals is a research driven group of companies that constitute the global pharmaceutical business of the Solvay Group.  The company seeks to fulfill carefully selected, unmet medical needs in the therapeutic areas of neuroscience, cardio-metabolic, influenza vaccines, gastroenterology, specialized markets and men’s and women’s health. Its 2005 sales were EUR 2.3 billion and it employs approximately 10 000 people worldwide. For more information, visit

Solvay is an international chemicals and pharmaceuticals group with headquarters in Brussels. It operates in more than 50 countries, with some 30000 employees. In 2005 its consolidated sales amounted to EUR 8.6 billion, generated by its three sectors of activity: Chemicals, Plastics and Pharmaceuticals.  Solvay SA is listed on the Euronext 100 index of top European companies. Details are available at




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