In less than two years, Sanofi has delivered a competitive mRNA platform with improved potency and thermostability that performs with both viral and bacterial targets
During a Vaccines Investor event last week, Sanofi pledged to deliver over €10bn in annual vaccines sales by 2030. The event highlighted how Sanofi’s strategy is supported by vaccines R&D. Since 2019, reinvesting in key growth drivers and a renewed pipeline has positioned the company well as it moves at speed on the second phase of its Play to Win strategy.
Sustained growth in the vaccines business will be driven by core franchises of influenza, meningitis, and pediatric vaccines, with the addition of a best-in-class RSV franchise that aims to protect infants, toddlers and older adults. Sanofi has made strides in bolstering its vaccines R&D, including the rapid development of a leading-edge mRNA platform, coupled with a global footprint of industrial and commercial expertise.
Thomas Triomphe, Executive Vice President, said: “Today, we’re pleased to showcase how vaccines R&D is significantly contributing to the continued growth of the company through the design, development, and delivery of vaccines that address unmet needs. The pace of our innovation is buoyed both by a sense of urgency to address existing public health needs at multiple stages in life, and by our continued transformation as a company that simply won’t accept ‘good enough.”
With a clear focus on delivering only first- and best-in-class vaccines, we’re wholly focused on innovative R&D and flawless execution
- Jean-François Toussaint, Global Head of Vaccines R&D
In less than two years, Sanofi has delivered a competitive mRNA platform with improved potency and thermostability that performs with both viral and bacterial targets. Using a powerful internal and external innovation ecosystem, Sanofi’s mRNA Center of Excellence has accelerated the science of mRNA technology, including improved lipid nanoparticles.
Jean-François Toussaint, Global Head of Vaccines R&D, said: “With the addition of mRNA, we now have the largest development toolbox in the industry. This allows us to tackle public health challenges like RSV across multiple stages of life, applying the right platform to the right age group. Adding machine learning and antigen design means that our future vaccines will raise the bar beyond today’s high standards. With a clear focus on delivering only first- and best-in-class vaccines, we’re wholly focused on innovative R&D and flawless execution.”
Latest data from across the RSV development program, including Phase 3b HARMONIE data for Beyfortus (nirsevimab), specifically designed to protect all infants against RSV when entering their first season; positive Phase 1/2 data from the first RSV vaccine designed to protect toddlers (SP0125); and positive Phase 1/2 results from the RSV mRNA vaccine in older adults (SP0256), which lays the foundation for clinical investigation of a combination vaccine with up to three different pathogens (for example, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, human Metapneumovirus, Parainfluenza virus) for older adults.
First data from the mRNA Flu Quadrivalent vaccine, and promising results of the next-generation neuraminidase-encoding mRNA Flu vaccine, supporting further development of this novel program.
Latest data from the Phase 1/2 pediatric pneumococcal vaccine program (SP0202/ developed in collaboration with SK Bioscience), with positive safety and immunogenicity of the first PCV21 vaccine, designed to extend protection against disease with an innovative carrier that breaks the glass ceiling of serotype compositions. Phase 3 start of pediatric pneumococcal vaccine planned in H1 2024, with expected submission for approval in 2027.