Development and technology transfer of Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccines for developing countries. Vaccine

Unit Vaccinology, Centre for Infectious Disease Control (CIb), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), P.O. Box 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands.
Vaccine (Impact Factor: 3.62). 06/2012; 30(33):4897-906. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.05.058
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This paper describes the development of a Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) conjugate vaccine at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment/Netherlands Vaccine Institute (RIVM/NVI, Bilthoven, The Netherlands), and the subsequent transfer of its production process to manufacturers in developing countries. In 1998, at the outset of the project, the majority of the world's children were not immunized against Hib because of the high price and limited supply of the conjugate vaccines, due partly to the fact that local manufacturers in developing countries did not master the Hib conjugate production technology. To address this problem, the RIVM/NVI has developed a robust Hib conjugate vaccine production process based on a proven model, and transferred this technology to several partners in India, Indonesia, Korea and China. As a result, emerging manufacturers in developing countries acquired modern technologies previously unavailable to them. This has in turn facilitated their approach to producing other conjugate vaccines. As an additional spin-off from the project, a World Health Organization (WHO) Hib quality control (QC) course was designed and conducted at the RIVM/NVI, resulting in an increased regulatory capacity for conjugate vaccines in developing countries at the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) level. For the local populations, this has translated into an increased and sustainable supply of affordable Hib conjugate-containing combination vaccines. During the course of this project, developing countries have demonstrated their ability to produce large quantities of high-quality modern vaccines after a successful transfer of the technology.

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    • "To deal with these obstacles, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment/Netherlands Vaccine Institute (RIVM/NVI, Bilthoven, Netherlands) initiated a plan in 1998 to develop commercially viable and scalable Hib conjugate vaccine production, without patent violation, by employing technology transmissible to manufacturers in developing countries. Further assistance for the growth of combined vaccines containing the Hib conjugate indicated that manufacturers, by acquisition of entrance to technology for the Hib conjugate vaccine, could subsequently confirm a sustainable supply of inexpensive and valuable vaccines[98]. Founded in 2000, the Developing Countries Vaccine Manufactures Network (DCVMN) was formed to distribute surveillance against identified and emergent contagious infections, with the goal of raising the obtainability and quality of vaccines inexpensive to everyone. DCVMN is an international alliance of manufacturers that provides data and professional education plans, development of technology , inspiring transfer of technologies, advanced research and development, and community teaching regarding the accessibility of secure, cheap, and effective vaccines. "

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    • "Although appropriate, these CGPC methods are very time-consuming and require careful handling and large amounts of product, in contrast to high-performance size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC) methods that allow for quicker analyses and the use of small amounts of product and a large choice of detectors. HPSEC has already been used to determine molecular size of bacterial polysaccharides [8,13–15] and conjugate vaccines [16] [17] [18] [19]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Current vaccines against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) consist of the polyribosyl ribitol phosphate (PRP) capsular polysaccharide, chemically conjugated to a carrier protein. Among the various biological and physical analyses to be performed on these vaccines, the determination of the molecular size of the polysaccharide preparations throughout the conjugation process is particularly relevant. Comparison of results from high performance size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC) with those routinely obtained using conventional gel permeation chromatography (CGPC) methods highlights the correlation between the two methods for determining the values of the chromatographic distribution coefficient (KD) of native and activated polysaccharides. The resulting date showed that KD value is sufficient to characterize these polysaccharides using an HPSEC method. However additional molecular size parameters, i.e. molar mass and hydrodynamic radius, are necessary for a reliable characterization of the tetanus conjugate (PRP-T), certainly due to the lattice-like structure of the conjugate. In practice, an absolute detection system in HPSEC was used that was composed of a low-angle light scattering detector, a viscometer and RI detectors. As demonstrated, these HPSEC methods are rapid, accurate and reproducible for the polysaccharides and their glycoconjugates and provide a relevant and more informative alternative to the current CGPC methods.
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    ABSTRACT: As health intervention, vaccination has had a tremendous impact on reducing mortality and morbidity caused by infectious diseases. Traditionally vaccines were developed and made in the western, industrialised world and from there on gradually and with considerable delay became available for developing countries. Today that is beginning to change. Most vaccine doses are now produced in emerging economies, although industrialised countries still have a lead in vaccine development and in manufacturing innovative vaccines. Technology transfer has been an important mechanism for this increase in production capacity in emerging economies. This review looks back on various technology transfer initiatives and outlines the role of WHO and other public and private partners. It goes into a more detailed description of the role of the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. For many decades RIVM has been providing access to vaccine technology by capacity building and technology transfer initiatives not only through multilateral frameworks, but also on a bilateral basis including a major project in China in the 90s of the previous century. Looking forward it is expected that, in a globalizing world, the ambition of BRICS countries to play a role in global health will lead to an increase of south-south technology transfers. Further, it is argued that push approaches including technology transfer from the public domain, connecting innovative enabling platforms with competent developing country vaccine manufacturers (DCVM), will be critical to ensure a sustainable supply of affordable and quality vaccines to national immunization programmes in developing countries.
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