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NIH, FDA win award for meningitis vaccine licensing deal

September 30, 2014

The technology transfer of a low-cost meningitis vaccine earned the NIH and FDA an award for the year’s most outstanding intellectual property licensing deal, according to a press release.

Along with PATH, an international nonprofit health innovation group, and the Serum Institute of India, the federal agencies will be presented with the Licensing Executives Society’s 2014 Deals of Distinction Award at the society’s 50th annual meeting from Oct. 5 to 8 in San Francisco. Since its launch in December 2010, MenAfriVac, the developed serogroup A meningitis vaccine, has been provided to more than 150 million people among 12 African countries. It has a low production cost and does not require constant refrigeration, making it ideal for remote or underdeveloped areas.

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