CureVac

CureVac

A biopharmaceutical company developing prophylactic and therapeutic application of messenger RNA, which can be used to develop vaccines. It was founded in 2000 and is located in Tübingen, Germany.

CureVac is a Germany-based biopharmaceutical company specializing in designing technology that utilizes messenger RNA (mRNA) as a data carrier which is capable of instructing the human body to create proteins to fight viruses, such as COVID-19. The company's technology has been used in multiple medical contexts such as cancer and rare diseases.

Product

The company has both an mRNA platform and production capabilities. Its platform analyzes millions of naturally occurring sequences and houses a nucleotide sequence library where data can be utilized by the CureVac team to created a customized mRNA therapy. The company works in partnerships with other biotechnology entities, such as Lilly, CEPI, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to operate its pipeline taking therapeutics from a pre-clinical discovery phase through Phase 2 of clinical trials before finally producing the medical product.

CureVac also produces its mRNA therapies in its own facilities. The company has Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and its facilities are capable of producing standardized therapeutics. Industrial manufacturing of products is possible and could be used to produce a vaccine for COVID-19, pending clinical trials.

Timeline

Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
CureVac Series F round
Series F round
29,500,000
November 3, 2015
Baillie Gifford
CureVac Series B round
Series B round
26,675,000
January 18, 2006
DH Capital
CureVac Series D round
Series D round
104,432,000
September 18, 2012
dievini Hopp Biotech Holding
CureVac Series C round
Series C round
34,900,000
May 10, 2010
dievini Hopp Biotech Holding
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Baron Jean Stéphenne

Supervisory Board

Bernd Winterhalter

Interim Chief Development Officer

Chris Tanner

Supervisory Board

Christopher Karp

Scientific Advisory Board

Craig A. Tooman

Supervisory Board

Daniel Speiser

Scientific Advisory Board

Dirk Jäger

Scientific Advisory Board

Florian von der Mülbe

Chief Production Officer and Co-Founder

Franz-Werner Haas

Chief Operating Officer

Fred Zepp

Scientific Advisory Board

Friedrich von Bohlen und Halbach

Supervisory Board

George R. Siber

Scientific Advisory Board

Gerd Zettlmeissl

Scientific Advisory Board

Hans-Georg Rammensee

Scientific Advisory Board

Ingmar Hoerr

Founder, Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer

Jean-Paul Prieels

Scientific Advisory Board

Karim Fizazi

Scientific Advisory Board

Mariola Fotin-Mleczek

Chief Technology Officer

Mathias Hothum

Supervisory Board

Michael P. Manns

Scientific Advisory Board

Michel De Wilde

Scientific Advisory Board

Nina Bhardwaj

Scientific Advisory Board

Pierre Kemula

Chief Financial Officer

Ralf Clemens

Supervisory Board & Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board

Stanley Plotkin

Scientific Advisory Board

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Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

CureVac Receives €80M from EU to Fund Coronavirus Vaccine Amid US Dispute

Jonathan Smith

Web

March 17, 2020

Germany's CureVac Says Low-Dose Coronavirus Vaccine Could Allow for Mass Production

Reuters

Web

March 13, 2020

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Companies

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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
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IANS
August 21, 2020
@bsindia
The company received earlier EU funding. In early July, the European Investment Bank and CureVac signed a 75-million-euro loan agreement for the development and large-scale production of vaccines
BS Web Team
August 21, 2020
@bsindia
Coronavirus vaccines emergency authorisation could be considered if the Indian govt so decides, says ICMR. Catch latest coronavirus vaccine updates here
Pushkala Aripaka & Arno Schuetze | Reuters
July 20, 2020
@bsindia
GSK and CureVac, backed by Bill Gates, will work on developing up to five so-called mRNA-based vaccines and monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for infectious diseases, they said.
Ben Adams
June 29, 2020
FierceBiotech
As two of Germany's brightest COVID-19 pandemic vaccine biotechs continue to speed on with their clinical work, both have seen big cash injections to help them--but from very different sources.
June 18, 2020
The Indian Express
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Vaccine Latest Update: Vaccines developed by Moderna Inc, China's Sinovac Biotech and UK's Oxford-AstraZeneca are set to enter late-stage trials in July and subject to large-scale studies.
Ludwig Burger
June 17, 2020
IN
Unlisted German biotech firm CureVac will become the second company after rival BioNTech <22UAy> to launch human trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine in the country, eyeing a potential approval in mid-2021.
Reuters Editorial
June 15, 2020
IN
German vaccine maker CureVac plans to raise funds by selling stock in an initial public offering in the United States next month, a finance ministry document seen by Reuters on Monday showed.
Reuters Editorial
June 15, 2020
IN
German vaccine maker CureVac plans to raise funds by selling stock in an initial public offering in the United States, Die Welt newspaper reported on Monday, citing finance ministry documents.
Ludwig Burger
June 15, 2020
IN
Germany will take a stake in unlisted biotech firm CureVac, which is working on a COVID-19 vaccine, four people familiar with the plan told Reuters on Monday.
Arlene Weintraub
May 18, 2020
FierceBiotech
CureVac announced that its lead COVID-19 mRNA vaccine candidate generated "high levels" of virus-neutralizing titers in animal models and that it will launch a phase 1/2a clinical trial next month. But with Moderna's equally optimistic statements about a mouse trial of its mRNA vaccine candidate, some analysts are raising questions about what the preclinical data really means.
Ludwig Burger
May 14, 2020
IN
Germany's unlisted CureVac said its experimental coronavirus vaccine was shown to trigger an immune response in animals when given a low dose and the biotech firm was looking at carrying out its first human trials in June.
Reuters Editorial
March 17, 2020
IN
German biotech firm CureVac said it had not received a takeover offer from the United States after German government sources told Reuters that Washington was looking into how to gain access to an experimental coronavirus vaccine it was developing.
Paul Carrel
March 15, 2020
IN
Berlin is trying to stop Washington from persuading a German company seeking a coronavirus vaccine to move its research to the United States, prompting German politicians to insist no country should have a monopoly on any future vaccine.

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