Vivalis and Intercell Merge to form Valneva
News May 29, 2013
Valneva SE announces the completion of the merger of equals between Vivalis and Intercell, creating a new European biotech company focusing on vaccines and antibodies, striving to become a leader in its field.
Valneva ordinary shares (ISIN FR0004056851) start trading today on the regulated market of NYSE Euronext in Paris under the ticker symbol “VLA.PA” and on the Prime Market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “VLA”. Valneva preferred shares (ISIN FR0011472943) will start trading today on the regulated market of NYSE Euronext in Paris under ticker symbol “VLApr.PA” and on the unregulated Third Market Segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “VLAP”.
Thomas Lingelbach, President and Chief Executive Officer and Franck Grimaud, President and Chief Business Officer of Valneva, commented: “Today is a major milestone for our new company. Valneva combines the strengths and capabilities of Vivalis and Intercell in antibody discovery and vaccine development and commercialization. We have a clear growth strategy to build a sustainable business by growing revenues through marketed products as well as through existing and future partnerships, and to invest into vaccines development and antibody discovery. We believe this value proposition will generate substantial rewards for our shareholders.”
Valneva operates across the whole biopharmaceutical value chain with innovative technology platforms, discovery and development capabilities, state-of-the-art manufacturing and commercialization expertise. Valneva generates revenue from diversified sources including its marketed product as well as current and new commercial partnerships. Valneva has a broad portfolio of product candidates (in-house/partnered) including a pandemic Influenza vaccine in Phase III, a Pseudomonas vaccine in Phase II/III and a Tuberculosis vaccine in Phase II.
It has also a portfolio of technology platforms that are becoming widely adopted by the biopharmaceutical industry at large. These include the validated and commercialized technology platforms EB66® cell line for human and veterinary product development, VIVA|ScreenTM antibody discovery platform and IC31® novel adjuvant.
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