Commercialisation of vaccines at MSD Animal Health, a great finale of the HONOURs-ESRs courses


The ESRs had a fascinating week at MSD Animal Health. Ad de Groof, Senior Project Leader, put on an excellent programme, inviting speakers who covered topics across the whole pipeline of vaccine development.Topics included company organisation, R & D, animal welfare, global disease control and vaccine tenders, upscaling from R & D to production levels, big data for production optimisation, marketing, and even patent law. During the lab workshop we looked at how adjuvant emulsions are made and future possibilities in fish vaccine delivery, and even tried out the IDAL 3G needle-free injector. We closed the week with a lively discussion of careers in industry versus academia, with an open question and answer session with several PhDs within MSD Animal Health.



Host switching pathogens, infectious outbreaks and zoonosis; a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 721367.