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Novavax Announces Initiation of Ebola Vaccine Phase 1 Clinical Trial Supported by Non-Human Primate Challenge Data and Documented Rapid Manufacturing Capabilities

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Feb. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVAX), a clinical-stage vaccine company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of recombinant nanoparticle vaccines and adjuvants, today announced that enrollment has begun in a Phase 1 clinical trial of its Ebola virus glycoprotein (GP) recombinant nanoparticle vaccine candidate adjuvanted with Matrix-M™ (Ebola GP Vaccine) in healthy subjects. Novavax initiated the development of its Ebola GP Vaccine shortly after the publication of the genetic sequence of the 2014 Ebola Makona strain (previously referred to as the 2014 Ebola Guinea strain), which is responsible for the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa. In an expedited time-frame, from the publication of the Makona sequence in September 2014, Novavax has developed the vaccine, scaled-up GMP manufacturing, delivered positive results from multiple relevant animal models, including a non-human primate challenge study, and today initiated a Phase 1 clinical trial.

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