Prestigious SME Instrument funding for BunyaVax


Prestigious SME Instrument funding for BunyaVax

Published on
April 9, 2018

BunyaVax receives 50.000 euro from the European Commission (EC). The funding proposal of BunyaVax was selected out of hundreds of applications. BunyaVax focuses on the further development of a vaccination platform technology, which is patented by Wageningen Bioveterinary Research. The grant will be used to prepare the company for co-development partnerships and to upscale the manufacturing process of the Plug and Play vaccine technology.

Bring highly innovative developments closer to market

In February this year BunyaVax submitted its RAPID proposal under the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument scheme. RAPID is brief for RNA particles for Preparedness against Infectious Diseases. Within the scheme, European companies can apply for stage I (50k) or stage II (2.5 million) funding to bring highly innovative developments closer to market. Recently BunyaVax was informed by the EC that the RAPID proposal was selected for funding.

The project duration is six months. Within this period, BunyaVax will explore several methods for upscaled production of its breakthrough vaccines and prepare for industrial partnerships. Upon project completion, BunyaVax can apply for stage II SME Instrument funding.

The underlying patented technology

This revolutionary technology patented by Wageningen Bioveterinary Research is based on virus particles that are capable of infecting cells only once, which are also called replicon particles. By introducing genes from pathogens or tumours into the genome of these replicon particles, vaccines can be developed that have an optimal combination of safety and efficacy. 

EU funding for small and medium-sized enterprises

About the SME Instrument: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises that are EU-based or established in a country associated to Horizon 2020 can get EU funding and support for breakthrough innovation projects with a market-creating potential under revamped SME instrument. The SME instrument will boost fast company growth and market-creating innovation thanks to staged funding and ramped up business acceleration services. Provided with about € 1.6 billion in funding over the period 2018-2020, the SME Instrument will support groundbreaking innovative ideas for products, services or processes that are ready to conquer global markets. The scheme is highly competitive, only a small percentage of all proposals gets funded.