GlaxoSmithKline will move the company’s experimental vaccine against the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a cause of pneumonia in toddlers and the elderly, into the final stage of testing after experiencing encouraging mid-stage trial results.

Cambridge, Mass.-based Moderna announced the publication of results from two Phase I clinical trials of mRNA vaccines against two strains of influenza, H10N8 and H7N0.

In GlaxoSmithKline’s first-quarter 2019 report was an announcement that the global pharma giant cut the development of two vaccine programs – one for strep pneumonia and the other for a universal flu vaccine.

Novavax Inc.’s vaccine to prevent RSV infection, a leading cause of a respiratory disease in infants, failed to meet the main goal of a late-stage study.

San Diego-based Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd. announced that the company was reassuming 100 percent of its global rights from Germany-based CureVac AG for ARCT-810, a messenger RNA (mRNA) drug to treat OTC deficiency.

Britain’s AstraZeneca said a potential medicine to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in babies and infants had been granted special status by U.S. and European regulators, designed to speed up the development of novel and better drugs.

Dynavax Technologies shares fell more than 5 percent after the company reported that an asthma drug being jointly developed with AstraZeneca failed to meet endpoints in a mid-stage trial.

AstraZeneca took another step to refocus on priority drugs by selling U.S. rights to Synagis for infant lung infections to Swedish Orphan Biovitrum for an upfront fee of $1.5 billion.

ReViral announced the completion of a Series B financing worth $55 million, jointly led by New Leaf Venture Partners and Novo Ventures, with new investors Perceptive Advisors.

With one year of operations now under its belt since the grand opening, pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline has a bold future planned for its research and development facility in Maryland.