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10th Euro Global Summit and Expo on Vaccines & Vaccination

Rome, Italy

Andrew Lees

Andrew Lees

Fina Biosolutions LLC, USA

Title: Towards affordable conjugate vaccines: Efficient chemistry and low cost carrier protein


Biography: Andrew Lees


Conjugate vaccines to prevent Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae type-b and meningococcal disease have been very effective at reducing disease. Many additional conjugate vaccines are under development including ones in diverse areas such as malaria transmission blocking, anti-cancer, anthrax and drug addiction. Among pediatric vaccines, conjugates are some of the most complex and expensive vaccines to produce resulting in a high financial burden, especially for lesser developed countries and vaccine funders such as the Global Alliance for Vaccines. Efficient manufacturing methodologies can help to reduce costs and increase vaccine supply. Of the three commonly used conjugation chemistries, cyanogen bromide, reductive amination and CDAP, CDAP gives the highest yields. High yields with CDAP chemistry can be achieved with a good understanding of the chemistry and the use of design of experiment to optimize multiple variables. Another costly element of conjugate vaccines is the widely used carrier protein, CRM197, which traditionally has been produced in Corynebacteria at low yield. Commercially available CRM197 has been too expensive for many researchers, inhibiting R&D work. We have achieved high expression levels of soluble, properly-folded CRM197 in E. coli (EcoCRM), resulting in low cost CRM197. “EcoCRM”, economical CRM from E. coli, can reduce the cost of conjugate vaccine research as well as the price of the clinical product.

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