Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited [TSE: 4502], (“Takeda”) announced that it has vaccinated the first subject in the Tetravalent Immunization against Dengue Efficacy Study (TIDES), a Phase 3 double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled trial of its live-attenuated tetravalent dengue vaccine candidate (TAK-003).
TIDES will enroll approximately 20,000 healthy children between the ages of four and 16 years living in dengue-endemic countries in Latin America and Asia. The study willevaluate the efficacy of the vaccine candidate to protect subjects against symptomatic dengue fever caused by any of the four dengue virus serotypes, regardless of age and whether the individual has previously been exposed to the virus. The study will also evaluate vaccine safety and immunogenicity, and will involve two doses of the vaccine candidate or placebo administered 90 days apart.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dengue is the fastest spreading mosquito-borne viral disease.2 Forty percent of the world’s population lives under the threat of the dengue virus, which causes 390 million infections and more than 20,000 deaths each year around the world in people of all ages.3, 4
“The initiation of Phase 3 trials for our dengue vaccine candidate is a critical milestone, bringing us closer to delivering a vaccine that can address important unmet needs in dengue prevention. This is a significant achievement for Takeda’s vaccine program and underscores our ongoing commitment to addressing critical global health threats,”said Rajeev Venkayya, MD, President of the Global Vaccine Business Unit at Takeda. “The progress of our dengue program, along with other recent achievements, such as Phase 2b field trial initiation for our norovirus vaccine candidate and our partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a Sabin-strain inactivated poliovirus vaccine (sIPV) exemplify how we are researching, developing and providing vaccines to protect populations in need, wherever they may reside.”
While vector-control efforts are important, effective dengue disease prevention will also require vaccination. An ideal vaccine would have an acceptable safety profile and protect against all four types of the virus in both adults and children, whether or not they have been previously infected with dengue,” said Duane Gubler, Professor Emeritus and Founding Director, Signature Research Program in Emerging Infectious Disease, Duke-NUS Medical School.
TIDES will build on previous studies which have assessed the tolerability, safety and immunogenicity of the vaccine against all four dengue serotypes in multiple age groups to determine whether the vaccine helps prevent symptomatic dengue. In Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies, Takeda’s vaccine candidate induced neutralizing antibody responses against all four dengue virus serotypes across age groups and in both seropositive and seronegative individuals with no observed safety concerns. Interim results of one Phase 2 study (DEN-203) showed the vaccine to be generally safe and well tolerated. Results also showed that adults vaccinated with two doses had a sustained immune response against all four serotypes of the dengue virus, even after two years. Interim results of another Phase 2 study (DEN-204) showed an acceptable safety profile in endemic pediatric populations, as well as antibody responses against the four dengue serotypes in dengue seropositive and seronegative participants, with a sustained immune response through 180 days.
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