Moderna sued Pfizer and BioNTech on Friday, claiming their Covid vaccine copied a breakthrough technology.
Moderna said in a statement that Pfizer and BioNTech infringed a patent on his mRNA technology that he filed between 2010 and 2016. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Moderna sued the United States. The District Court of Massachusetts, where BioNTech is based, and the District Court of Düsseldorf, Germany.
Messenger RNA or mRNA is the genetic script that carries the DNA instructions to each cell’s protein production machinery and is used in the production of coronavirus vaccines.
Stephane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, said: “This foundational platform, which we began building in 2010, combined with our patented research on coronaviruses in 2015 and 2016, will allow us to deliver safe and highly effective treatments in record time after the pandemic hits.
Moderna accepted $2.5 billion in taxpayer money to develop a Covid-19 vaccine.
Moderna on Friday said it expects manufacturers not based in the country or producing to respect the company’s intellectual property and did not intend to withdraw the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine from the market, nor did it seek an injunction to protect its future given the need for access. Sale of corona vaccine.
Pfizer spokeswoman Jerika Pitts said Friday morning that the company has not been sued and “cannot comment at this time.