Low-cost cell-based production platform for seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines

Conference Dates

June 17-22, 2018


Influenza-related illnesses have caused an estimated over million cases of severe illness, and it has about hundred thousands of deaths worldwide annually. Traditionally these vaccines are produced in embryonated chicken eggs. However, in the case of a pandemic outbreak, this egg-based production system may not be quickly enough to meet the surging demand. The efficacy associated with egg-based vaccines are low in recently years. The raising concerns with egg-derived vaccines is resulting in the spurred exploration of alternatives. MDCK cells are becoming as an alternative host to embryonated eggs for influenza virus propagation. Although MDCK cells were considered to be a suitable host for the virus production, their inability to grow in suspension still limits the process of scale-up and their production capability.

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