CAMBRIDGE, MA and OSAKA, Japan, May 31, 2022 -- Moderna, Inc., (Nasdaq: MRNA) a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, and Takeda (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) announced to transfer the marketing authorization in Japan for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine SpikevaxTM (mRNA-1273) from Takeda to Moderna in Japan as of August 1, 2022.
Moderna will assume responsibility for all Spikevax™ activities, including import, local regulatory, development, quality assurance and commercialization. Takeda will continue to provide distribution support under the current national vaccination campaign for Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for a transitional period. Both companies will be responsible for ensuring proper implementation of operations associated with this transfer.
“We thank Takeda for their support and partnership in bringing our COVID-19 vaccine to Japan over the last two years, and for helping to play a key role in addressing the pandemic across the country,” said Stéphane Bancel, Moderna’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are happy to take this important step as we continue to build and strengthen our own commercial organization in Japan, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in 2022.”
“We are proud to have been able to support the early public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic by using the Takeda network to provide Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to the people of Japan,” said Gary Dubin, M.D., President, Global Vaccine Business Unit at Takeda. “Following transfer of the marketing authorization to Moderna, we will continue to provide transitional distribution support to ensure supply continuity."
Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine SpikevaxTM has been granted authorization for special approval by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan. In Japan, it is indicated for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by SARS-CoV-2. A dose may be given to people aged 12 years or older. A second dose should be given as soon as possible if more than four weeks have passed since the first vaccination. A booster dose may be given at least five months after the second dose for people aged 18 years and older. A fourth dose may be given at least five months after the third dose for the elderly etc. considering the benefits and risks.
In 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a science research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across seven modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for rapid clinical and commercial production at scale. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both ground-breaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna’s capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use and approval of one of the earliest and most-effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moderna’s mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and auto-immune diseases. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past seven years. To learn more, visit www.modernatx.com.
Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Genetics and Hematology, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com.
Vaccines prevent 2 to 3 million deaths each year and have transformed global public health. For more than 70 years, Takeda has supplied vaccines to protect the health of people in Japan. Today, Takeda’s global vaccine business is applying innovation to tackle some of the world’s most challenging infectious diseases, such as dengue, COVID-19, Zika and norovirus. Takeda’s team brings an outstanding track record and a wealth of knowledge in vaccine development and manufacturing to advance a pipeline of vaccines to address some of the world’s most pressing public health needs. For more information, visit www.TakedaVaccines.com.
This post contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including regarding: the transfer of marketing authorization holder from Takeda to Moderna in Japan for the Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA-1273) and the responsibilities undertaken by each company in association with the transfer. The forward-looking statements in this press release are neither promises nor guarantees, and you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond Moderna’s control and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties, and other factors include those other risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in Moderna’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and in subsequent filings made by Moderna with the SEC, which are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Except as required by law, Moderna disclaims any intention or responsibility for updating or revising any forward-looking statements contained in this post in the event of new information, future developments or otherwise. These forward-looking statements are based on Moderna’s current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof.
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