Strategic Partner - AJ Vaccines
AJ Vaccines is a vaccine producer and manufacturer based in Copenhagen, Denmark, established as a public enterprise under the Danish Ministry of Health in 1902. Today, AJ Vaccines is a part of the Aljomaih Group and is internationally recognised for producing vaccines that are critical for public health needs of countries around the world.
These include vaccines which protect against whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, polio and tuberculosis. With a current staff strength of around 600, AJ Vaccines is set to complement AJ Biologics business needs, while opening up the Groups’ vaccine presence across Europe. AJ Vaccines is also set to grow its team base significantly in the next couple of years to fulfill the company’s ambitious growth plan.
Historical Progression of SSI to AJ Vaccines
1902 - 1924
1902: Establishment of SSI with initial focus on production of sera against Diphtheria.
1914: Activities expended to include production of tetanus sera.
1916: The first vaccine against Pertussis (whole cell) developed.
1924: The first Diphtheria vaccine developed.
1925 - 1940s
1927/1931: Development of the first tuberculin and of BCG vaccine for Tuberculosis control.
1934: Initiation of Tuberculosis campaign in Denmark.
1945: The first Tetanus vaccine developed and production initiated.
1950 - 1988
1950: Launch of the DCVP (for D. T and BCG)
1955: The first IPV vaccine developed
1958: The Tuberculin PPD RT23 master batch produced with WHO
1959/1961: APV and wP included DCVP
1966: First freeze-dried BCG vaccine established
1988: Production of enhanced inactivated Polio vaccine
1989 - 2000
1991: Initiation of collaboration with North America Vaccine (Amvax/Baxter)
1991/1993: T and D facility renovated (FDA upgrade)
1994: VPB received WHO prequalification for the BCG vaccine
1995: BCG culture approval in DK
1996: Filling and freeze drying of BCG vaccine moved into a new and modern GMP facility
1997: DTaP-IPV was the first tetravalent vaccine globally containing both aP and IPV components
1998: VPB initiated production of IPV based on a continuous cell line (VERO)
1998: FDA approval of the SSI facilities for D and T. and product approval and launch in the US of DTaP vaccine
1999: Launch of filling contract for large Danish pharmaceutical company
2001 - 2015
2003: New product for IPC constructed
2005: aP technology licensed from Pfizer – worldwide license obtained
2005-10: Technology transfer, qualification and approval of aP
2008: New production facility for aP constructed
2010: aP component produced at VPB used in the DCVP
2010-11: New inspection, assembly, labelling and packaging line installed
2013: IPV-ALUM vaccine project initiated with Bill ad Melinda Gates Foundation
2014: VPB announced for sale by the Danish state
January: AJ Vaccines acquires Vaccine production and commercialization activities from SSI (Danish State)
Initiation of Phase 3 trials for IPV-Alum