GSK to establish global vaccines R&D centre in the US

GlaxoSmithKlineGSK is further strengthening and expanding its vaccines presence in the US by establishing a new global centre for vaccines research and development (R&D) in Rockville, Maryland. The site will become one of three global vaccines R&D centres for GSK, complementing the company's existing global R&D centres in Rixensart, Belgium and in Siena, Italy, a site which GSK recently acquired from Novartis in March 2015.

The new US vaccines R&D centre will expand GSK's efforts to discover and develop novel vaccines across a range of pressing public health threats, including those relevant to the US. It will consolidate vaccines R&D activities currently conducted at other GSK sites including in Philadelphia, PA and Cambridge, MA, into one centralised location. Key late stage development programmes, as well as vaccine discovery and new platform technology development will be led from Rockville.

The Rockville site, which was acquired by GSK in 2012, offers proximity to vaccines collaborators and key public health stakeholders. GSK anticipates site operations for vaccines to begin in Rockville as early as September 2015.

Luc Debruyne, President, GSK Vaccines, said: "As the global vaccines leader, GSK is on the cutting edge of vaccine development. Following the acquisition of Novartis's global vaccines business and in recognition of the vaccines knowledge and expertise in the United States, we are pleased to expand our US presence with the creation of a world-class vaccines R&D centre. This will drive innovation, and enhance our capabilities for new vaccine discoveries that protect the US and public health around the world."

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said: "I am proud that a world-class pharmaceutical company like GSK has chosen to grow its US operations in Maryland. With key federal labs like the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health in our backyard, a highly-educated workforce and a critical mass of life sciences companies, Maryland offers GSK an excellent environment in which to grow and thrive."

This move follows GSK's acquisition of Novartis’ vaccines business as part of the companies' major three-part transaction that closed in March 2015. GSK and Novartis's vaccines R&D organisations are highly complementary, bringing together respective expertise in virology and bacterial infection.

GSK - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

Most Popular Now

SK bioscience and GSK start Phase 3 trial of adjuv…

SK bioscience (SK) and GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) today announced the initiation of a Phase 3 clinical study of SK's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, GBP510, in combination wit...

No serious health effects linked to mRNA COVID-19 …

Federal and Kaiser Permanente researchers combing the health records of 6.2 million patients found no serious health effects that could be linked to the 2 mRNA COVID-19 v...

Blood vessels produce growth factor that promotes …

Blood vessels supply tumors with nutrients and, on the other hand, enable cancer cells to spread throughout the body. The settlement of circulating tumor cells in a dista...

First-in-human clinical trial for a vaccine to tre…

The first patients have been enrolled in a phase 1 randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial to study a therapeutic vaccine for opioid use disorder developed by resear...

Sandoz strengthens pipeline by entering into agree…

Sandoz, a Novartis division, today announced that it has entered into a commercialization agreement with Bio-Thera Solutions, Ltd. for biosimilar bevacizumab (BAT1706). B...

Pfizer and BioNTech submit a variation to EMA with…

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) announced that they submitted a variation to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) requesting to update the Condition...

A drug costing less than €2 a day helps in the tre…

Metoprolol, a drug widely used to treat cardiovascular disease, is beneficial when administered to COVID-19patients. This is the finding of a study by investigators at th...

Rheumatoid arthritis treated with implanted cells …

With a goal of developing rheumatoid arthritis therapies with minimal side effects, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have genetically ...

NIH scientists build a cellular blueprint of multi…

Chronic lesions with inflamed rims, or "smoldering" plaques, in the brains of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have been linked to more aggressive and disabling forms ...

Scientific evidence to date on COVID-19 vaccine ef…

An expert review by an international group of scientists, including some at the WHO and FDA, concludes that, even for the delta variant, vaccine efficacy against severe C...

How a plant virus could protect and save your lung…

Using a virus that grows in black-eyed pea plants, nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego developed a new treatment that could keep metastatic cancers at...

COVID-19 nasal vaccine candidate effective at prev…

Breathe in, breathe out. That’s how easy it is for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to enter your nose. And though remarkable progress has been made in develop...