Separately, Moderna also announced the initiation of dosing in the Phase 1 study of its solely owned RSV vaccine candidate (mRNA-1345). This Phase 1 study includes initial dosing in adults, followed by age de-escalation into children. The company previously announced its intent to advance mRNA-1345 in children in combination with mRNA-1653, a vaccine against two other pediatric respiratory viruses (hMPV, PIV3) which is currently in its own age de-escalation study. With today’s announcement, Moderna will have the right to also advance RSV vaccines in adults, either alone or in combination with other respiratory virus vaccines.
Moderna and Merck will continue their ongoing collaboration in cancer vaccines. In 2016, Moderna and Merck entered into a collaboration for mRNA-4157, a personalized cancer vaccine candidate, which is currently being evaluated in a Phase 2 study. In 2018, the companies expanded the collaboration to include the development and commercialization of mRNA-5671 a mutant KRAS vaccine candidate currently in a Phase 1 study.
Moderna’s mRNA-1345 vaccine uses the Company’s proprietary lipid nanoparticle delivery technology also used in the Company’s *redacted* vaccine (mRNA-1273) and CMV vaccine (mRNA-1647).