GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has exercised a contract option valued at $11.6 million over 12 months under contract 200-2012-52242 for the supply of Vaccinia Immune Globulin (VIGIV) into the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile. VIGIV is a therapeutic licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of complications due to smallpox vaccination. The contract option will require Emergent to conduct manufacturing runs and additional activities in support of maintaining FDA licensure of VIGIV.
“Emergent’s VIGIV is the only FDA-licensed treatment for complications due to smallpox vaccination,” said Adam Havey, executive vice president and president biodefense division of Emergent BioSolutions. “We are pleased that CDC continues to recognize the value of VIGIV in the stockpile for civilian protection when necessary.”
This contract modification increases the total contract value to approximately $92 million. The scope of the original contract included maintaining the ability to manufacture licensed VIGIV, with annual options to conduct additional services to support licensure maintenance activities and to allow for additional manufacturing and plasma collection and product delivery into the SNS. VIGIV was first delivered into the SNS in 2002 and was subsequently licensed in the U.S. by FDA in 2005 and in Canada by Health Canada in 2007.
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Emergent BioSolutions is a global specialty biopharmaceutical company dedicated to one simple mission—to protect and enhance life. We develop, manufacture, and deliver a portfolio of medical countermeasures for biological and chemical threats as well as emerging infectious diseases. Through our work, we envision protecting and enhancing 50 million lives with our products by 2025. Additional information about the company may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com. Follow us @emergentbiosolu.
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