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GenScript’s Rush Gene Services Help Novavax Expedite 28-day Development of H7N9 Vaccine

PISCATAWAY, N.J., July 26, 2013/PRNewswire/ –GenScript, the world’s largest provider of synthetic genes, has aided a leading biopharmaceutical company, Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX), in developing an avian influenza A/H7N9 vaccine candidate, by synthesizing three constructs containing genes that encode key vaccine proteins in just 6 business days. On May 10, 2013, Novavax announced that its vaccine candidate had been developed and entered it into pre-clinical trials in only 28 days, less than 6 weeks after initial reports of H7N9 infections on April 1.

The manufacture of the constructs used in Novavax’ H7N9 vaccine candidate was powered by GenScript’s Rush Gene Service, which synthesizes gene sequences in as few as 4 days. GenScript also offers free gene sequence optimization, which is advantageous for the production of vaccines and protein-based biologics. Normally, it takes researchers using traditional laboratory methods two weeks or more to assemble constructs like those used to produce an H7N9 vaccine. However, as demonstrated by the rapid development of Novavax’ vaccine candidate, the combination of gene optimization, rush gene synthesis, and custom cloning, facilitated by GenScript’s one-stop service platform, can drastically reduce assembly time, accelerating research and development.

“Our mission is to save lives by helping scientists accelerate their research. In this case, our Rush Gene Services are the perfect example of our commitment to our mission,” said GenScript CEO Frank Zhang, Ph.D. “The progress made by scientists at Novavax on its H7N9 vaccine candidate in such a short time is the reason why we are dedicated to providing high-quality services on a daily basis.”

About GenScript
GenScript is the leading gene, peptide, protein and antibody research partner for fundamental life science research, translational biomedical research, and early stage pharmaceutical development. Since our establishment in 2002, GenScript has exponentially grown to become a global leading biotech company that provides life sciences services and products to scientists over 100 countries worldwide. During our tenure we have built the best-in-class capacity and capability for biological research services encompassing gene synthesis and molecular biology, peptide synthesis, custom antibodies, protein expression, antibody and protein engineering, and in vitro and in vivo pharmacology – all with the goal to Make Research Easy.

About Novavax
Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company creating vaccines to address a broad range of infectious diseases worldwide. Using innovative recombinant nanoparticle technology, and efficient manufacturing approaches, Novavax produces vaccine candidates to combat diseases, with the goal of allowing countries to better prepare for and respond to rapidly spreading infections. Learn more at www.novavax.com.

CONTACT: Sally Wang, Executive Vice President, GenScript, sally.wang@genscript.com, 732-885-9188