Chiron's manufacturing misfortunes boost competitors

Sheridan, Cormac
October 2005
Nature Biotechnology;Oct2005, Vol. 23 Issue 10, p1191
Academic Journal
The article focuses on problems faced by Chiron Corp., the world's second largest flu vaccine supplier. Chiron's ongoing problems in influenza vaccine production have raised serious questions about the Emeryville, California company's future ability to compete in this particular segment of the vaccine market. And with Basel-based Novartis' recent bid for the Chiron shares it doesn't already own, the future of one of biotech's oldest companies as an independent firm is in jeopardy. Chiron's recently and expensively acquired position as the world's second largest flu vaccine supplier is now under threat; particularly as rivals London-based GSK and Vancouver-based ID Biomedical Corp., who are already ramping up output significantly, in Germany and in Canada, respectively, may now merge.


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