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StreptAvax vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Drug Names(s): StreptAvax

Description: StreptAvax vaccine is a protein-based vaccine against group A streptococcal diseases. StreptAvax is designed to induce protective immune responses to 26 different M protein serotypes of group A streptococci which are responsible for causing the vast majority of disease, including the types that are the most common causes of strep throat and invasive infections (so-called flesh-eating disease) in North America as well as the types historically associated with the most feared complication of strep throat - acute rheumatic fever. In addition, the vaccine also includes a 27th peptide derived from another protein, called Spa, which is expressed by many important pathogenic strains of streptococci.

Deal Structure: GlaxoSmithKline acquired StreptAvax through its acquisition of ID Biomedical. In September 2005, GlaxoSmithKline and ID Biomedical Corporation announced a definitive agreement for GSK to acquire ID Biomedical. In December 2005, ID Biomedical announced that the acquisition by GlaxoSmithKline closed and ID Biomedical is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of GSK.

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