News and releases


ISIDORe – “Integrated Services for Infectious Disease Outbreak Research” – officially launched

ISIDORe - “Integrated Services for Infectious Disease Outbreak Research”, has been officially launched on 24 February 2022. This 21M EU-funded large-scale project assembles an unprecedented One Health-driven, integrated portfolio of cutting-edge research services and resources, dedicated to the study of epidemic-prone diseases including SARS-CoV-2 variants. VFI offers a range of TransNational Access Services on adjuvants and formulation expertise in order to fight epidemic diseases.

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CEPI awards VIDO and VFI for COVID-19 variants vaccine development

VFI is pleased to announce its continued partnership with VIDO, thanks to a 5M USD award from CEPI (Coalition of Epidemics Preparedness Innovations), to develop new vaccines that are broadly protective against COVID-19 variants and suitable for use in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. This work builds on the development of COVAC-2, VIDO’s subunit vaccine formulated with Sepivac SWE™, an adjuvant co-developed by Seppic and VFI.

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USask’s VIDO announces positive Phase 1 results for COVAC-2


VFI is pleased to share news on positive Phase 1 results for COVAC-2, a COVID-19 subunit vaccine candidate developed by Usask's VIDO, formulated with Sepivac SWE™️, an adjuvant developed by VFI and Seppic. Click here to read the press release.


Start of COVAC-2 phase 1 clinical trial

Start of COVAC-2 phase 1 clinical trial! A COVID-19 vaccine developed by VIDO which includes the open-access adjuvant Sepivac SWE, co-developed by VFI and Seppic.

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VIDO’s COVID-19 vaccine receives Health Canada clinical trial approval

VIDO’s COVID-19 vaccine receives Health Canada clinical trial approval for subunit-based vaccine combined to the open-access adjuvant Sepivac SWE, that was developed by Seppic in collaboration with VFI. First-in-human trials are planned in January 2021.

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The Vaccine Formulation Institute’s squalene-in-water adjuvant SWE is now available from our partner Seppic under the name Sepivac SWE™

Sepivac SWE™ is prepared at cGMP-grade and is being made available to the entire vaccine community under open-access terms. Sepivac SWE™ adjuvant can be used in the composition of several vaccines including vaccines against seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza and COVID-19. A production capacity of several hundred million doses per year of Sepivac SWE™ is expected by summer 2021.

VFI is proud to have co-led the development of the first open-access adjuvant for prophylactic use since aluminium salts in the 1920’s and is grateful to its initial funders (European Commission, US-HHS BARDA and GIZ) for having catalysed the development of the SWE adjuvant. We look forward to continuing this long-term partnership with our Seppic colleagues.

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VFI’s fight against Coronavirus during 2nd wave of COVID pandemic

With fitting measures, VFI laboratories will remain operational during the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. We continue our vaccine development efforts in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners in order to develop rapid solutions against the pandemic.

VFI and Seppic announce co-development of a GMP emulsion-based adjuvant for human prophylactic vaccines (including COVID-19 vaccines) on an open-access basis

VFI and Seppic announced that they have finalized the development of an oil-in-water adjuvant at a Seppic plant in France. The adjuvant, manufactured under Good Manufactured Practices, will be openly available from Seppic before the end of this year, for the entire vaccine community.

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VFI supports Sars-Cov-2 vaccine development through TRANSVAC2 (European Commission)

As partner of TRANSVAC2, VFI offers its adjuvant and formulation services to vaccine researchers and developers in the context of Covid-19. Vaccine researchers and developers can ship their Sars-Cov-2 vaccine antigens to VFI for formulation with adjuvants suitable for clinical use. Once optimal formulations are identified, VFI can perform immunogenicity studies in mice including analyses of B- and T-cell responses. First deadline for application is 15 April 2020.

VFI supports Sars-Cov-2 vaccine development through GH-VAP (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

VFI is working with grantees from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to evaluate Sars-Cov-2 vaccine candidates. Antigens provided by BMGF grantees are appropriately formulated with adjuvants developed by VFI with the ultimate goal to identify suitable Sars-Cov-2 vaccine candidates which can progress towards the clinic. This work is supported by the Global Health Vaccine Accelerator Platforms (GH-VAP) funded by BMGF.

VFI will actively support the development of vaccines against Covid-19

VFI will support the vaccine community during Covid-19 pandemic. VFI is currently manufacturing several adjuvants to be included in upcoming Covid-19 studies and has secured access to animal facilities for immunogenicity studies of adjuvanted-Sars-Cov-2 vaccine formulations. VFI is also setting up collaborations with numerous vaccine developers worldwide in order to formulate Sars-Cov-2 vaccine candidates with VFI adjuvants to induce relevant immune responses.