Moderna And Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation Enter Joint Agreement to Promote Moderna’s mRNA Respiratory Vaccine Portfolio in Japan, Including COVID-19 Vaccines

July 08, 2024 | Last Trade: US$121.46 1.36 -1.11

CAMBRIDGE, MA AND OSAKA, JAPAN / ACCESSWIRE / July 8, 2024 / Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq:MRNA) and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation today announced that the companies have entered into a joint agreement regarding the co-promotion of Moderna's mRNA respiratory vaccine portfolio in Japan, including Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, Spikevax®.

Under the agreement, Moderna will handle the manufacturing, sales, medical education and distribution of its mRNA respiratory vaccines. Both companies will engage in activities to enable broad access to Moderna's mRNA respiratory portfolio to have the maximum impact on public health in Japan. The agreement has an initial term until March 31, 2029 and no further details on the financial terms of the deal are being disclosed.

"We are pleased to partner with Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma to enable the commercialization of our COVID-19 vaccine and future mRNA respiratory vaccine portfolio to the people of Japan," said Kazumasa Nagayama, President and Representative Director of Moderna Japan. "Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma has a significant heritage in Japan and has long contributed to public health through numerous vaccines and possesses extensive experience and deep knowledge in this area. We look forward to working together to provide our COVID-19 vaccine in Japan, given the virus continues to pose a significant threat to public health."

Akihiro Tsujimura, Representative Director of Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, said, "Moderna has delivered COVID-19 vaccines to many people worldwide since the COVID-19 pandemic began. We are delighted to collaborate with Moderna and engage in commercial activities for the COVID-19 vaccine and other mRNA respiratory vaccines in Japan. We will continue to contribute to public health in Japan through our vaccine business."

About Moderna

Moderna is a leader in the creation of the field of mRNA medicine. Through the advancement of mRNA technology, Moderna is reimagining how medicines are made and transforming how we treat and prevent disease for everyone. By working at the intersection of science, technology and health for more than a decade, the company has developed medicines at unprecedented speed and efficiency, including one of the earliest and most effective COVID-19 vaccines.

Moderna's mRNA platform has enabled the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases and autoimmune diseases. With a unique culture and a global team driven by the Moderna values and mindsets to responsibly change the future of human health, Moderna strives to deliver the greatest possible impact to people through mRNA medicines. For more information about Moderna, please visit modernatx.com and connect with us on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

About Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation (MTPC), the pharma arm of Mitsubishi Chemical Group (MCG), is one of the oldest pharmaceutical companies in the world, founded in 1678, and focusing on ethical pharmaceuticals. MTPC is headquartered in Doshomachi, Osaka, the birthplace of Japan's pharmaceutical industry. MCG has positioned health care as its strategic focus in its management policy, "Forging the future". MTPC sets the MISSION of "Creating hope for all facing illness". To that end, MTPC is working on the disease areas of central nervous system, immuno-inflammation, diabetes and kidney, and cancer. MTPC is focusing on "precision medicine" to provide drugs with high treatment satisfaction by identifying patient populations with high potential for efficacy and safety. In addition, MTPC is working to develop "around the pill solutions" to address specific patient concerns based on therapeutic medicine, including prevention of diseases, pre-symptomatic disease care, prevention of aggravation and prognosis. For more information, go to https://www.mt-pharma.co.jp/e/

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including statements regarding: Moderna Japan and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation entering into a joint agreement regarding the co-promotion of Moderna's mRNA respiratory vaccine portfolio in Japan and the terms of that agreement. The forward-looking statements in this press release are neither promises nor guarantees, and you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond Moderna's control and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, among others, those risks and uncertainties described under the heading "Risk Factors" in Moderna's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, and in subsequent filings made by Moderna with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Except as required by law, Moderna disclaims any intention or responsibility for updating or revising any forward-looking statements contained in this press release in the event of new information, future developments or otherwise. These forward-looking statements are based on Moderna's current expectations and speak only as of the date of this press release.

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