University of Laval Partner Medicago In Hot Pursuit COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate in Canada

University of Laval Partner Medicago In Hot Pursuit COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate in Canada

Quebec-City-based Medicago, a subsidiary to Japan-based Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, reports a breakthrough in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, making a claim that it has developed a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that could begin human testing as early as this summer. The venture reports it has produced a virus-like particle of the novel coronavirus, a first step toward producing a vaccine, which will now commence pre-clinical testing for safety and efficacy.

Who is Medicago?

Founded back in 1997, Medicago formed a partnership between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Laval, the company’s majority shares were acquired by Japanese company Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma in 2013. They are a biotech company focusing on the research, development, production, and commercialization of vaccines in Canada. They develop vaccines based on their proprietary technologies, including the plant-based Proficia technology and Virus-Like Particles (VLP) technology. They have a number of collaborative agreements in place, including with Viridis S.A. and Philip Morris International.

Medicago Vaccine Success Track Record

Medicago is a leader in plant-based technology, ha...

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