Providence to sell 30 mn doses of PTX-Covid19-B to Biological E

Hyderabad: Canada’s Providence Therapeutics Holdings Inc and Biological E Ltd on Tuesday announced the execution of a term sheet for sale of up to 30 million doses of the former’s proprietary messenger RNA vaccine, PTX-Covid19-B, to Biological E and other end-buyers.

The term sheet sets forth the material terms for a definitive licensing and collaboration agreement and also outlines the terms for sale.

This sale represents the sale of all the remaining 2021 Providence production, plus a portion of the early 2022 Providence production, after accounting for the first sale of Providence vaccines to Canada’s Manitoba Province.

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The financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Providence will provide the necessary technology transfer for Biological E to manufacture mRNA vaccines in India, with a minimum production capacity of 600 million doses in 2022 and a target capacity of 1 billion doses.

Biological E will be responsible for all clinical development and regulatory activities for the mRNA vaccine in India and other jurisdictions licensed by Biological E. The Hyderabad-based firm will run pivotal trials in India and seek emergency use authorisation.

“This initiative is an important commitment by a Canada-based company to help India and other nations vaccinate their citizens against Covid-19. Providence was founded to serve patients, and this commitment by Biological E allows us to achieve that essential goal,” Providence CEO Brad Sorenson said.

“The mRNA platform has emerged as the front runner in delivering the first vaccines for emergency use to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Biological E is very pleased to be able to work with Providence on its promising mRNA vaccine candidate. We hope to provide India and other countries yet another option to ramp up their efforts towards achieving herd immunity against Covid-19,” Biological E Managing Director Mahima Datla said.

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