The global nonprofit research and development organization Battelle won a two-year contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week, for research on vaccines for influenza strains.
Under the terms of the contract, Battelle will assist the CDC in expanding its vaccine seed stockpile for any novel flu virus that could become widespread at some point. While the CDC has a lab that produces candidate vaccine viruses, contractors like Battelle bolster that development process and speed it up. This is especially important for seasonal influenza vaccines.
“This is important work and reinforces that Battelle is dedicated to the health of our society and to our relationship with the CDC,” Sanjeeth Pai, vice president and general manager of Battelle’s health research and technology business, said.
With the signing of this contract, Battelle will now enter its 20th year of cooperation with the CDC.