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Thursday, August 23, 2007

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Novartis International AG (NVS), Hurt by Drug Setbacks, May Lose Flu-Shot Race

Source: Biospace

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Novartis International AG (NVS), Hurt by Drug Setbacks, May Lose Flu-Shot Race

GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Novartis AG, two of the world's biggest vaccine makers, may have bet on the wrong technology in the race to develop a better flu shot. The drugmakers are building U.S. factories to grow influenza virus in animal cells as an advance over the decades- old technique of making flu shots using chicken eggs. Now a small, privately held biotechnology company may leapfrog ahead of them with a more advanced method using DNA.

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