Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, the biotech making a COVID-19 vaccine

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Moderna CEO, Stephane Bancel attends 2019 Forbes Healthcare Summit at the Jazz at Lincoln Center on Dec. 5, 2019 in New York City.

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Stéphane Bancel is the CEO of Moderna, a Massachusetts-based biotech company that is working on a coronavirus vaccine.

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Bancel attends a meeting at the White House on March 2, 2020.



Source: Business Insider

Forbes estimates that Bancel’s net worth grew to around $1 billion after Moderna stocks jumped by 12% in the first week of April. This closely followed the news that they expect to start a mid-stage study of its coronavirus vaccine in a few months. Bancel owns about 9% of the company.

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Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is going through clinical trials.



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While vaccines typically work by giving a patient a tiny bit of the virus they’re trying to kill, Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine uses just the ribonucleic acid (RNA) genetic material from the virus. The RNA gives the body the genetic information of the virus so it can create the proteins it needs to heal itself.

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Moderna’s vaccine uses RNA genetic material from the coronavirus.



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The method of using just the genetic material of a virus for a vaccine is part of Bancel’s vision for Moderna, which he says can be applied to vaccines for viruses other than the coronavirus.

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Bancel attends 2019 Forbes Healthcare Summit at the Jazz at Lincoln Center on Dec. 05, 2019, in New York City.



Source: Business Insider

The method allows for quicker and lower-cost vaccine development, according to Bancel. Moderna translated the genetic code of the novel coronavirus into a vaccine in 42 days. Comparatively, after the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak, it took 20 months to begin testing a vaccine.

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Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is going through clinical trials.



Source: Business Insider

The technology is called messenger RNA, and it’s still is an unproven technology. There are no FDA-approved drugs or vaccines coming from it yet, and Moderna has no approved drugs or vaccines.

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Moderna’s vaccine uses RNA genetic material from the coronavirus.



Source: Business Insider

Moderna was founded in 2010 to make messenger-RNA-based drugs. The company has 21 messenger-RNA-based drugs in the works, and 10 of them are in clinical trials.

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Moderna was founded in 2010.



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Bancel joined Moderna in 2011. Before that, he was the CEO of a French diagnostics company called BioMérieux.

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Bancel attends a meeting with President Donald Trump, members of the Coronavirus Task Force, and pharmaceutical executives.



Source: Forbes

At BioMérieux, Bancel developed a reputation as a strict manager. An equities analyst who covered the company during Bancel’s tenure told STAT, “I think if you’re underperforming, you’ll probably find yourself looking for another job.”

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Bancel in his Cambridge, Massachusetts office.



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Bancel grew up in France. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and two master’s degrees in engineering from École Centrale Paris and the University of Minnesota.

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Harvard University in Cambridge.



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The vaccine, which Moderna hopes to have ready for emergency use in the fall, is now being tested by healthy volunteers in clinical trials in Seattle and Atlanta. The first volunteer received a dose of the vaccine on March 16.

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Moderna’s vaccine uses RNA genetic material from the coronavirus.



Source: Business Insider

Bancel told Business Insider he expects to get data about the safety of the vaccine in the spring, and he expects to get data showing how well the vaccine triggers an immune response, known as immunogenicity, in the late spring or early summer.

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Bancel attends a meeting at the White House on March 2, 2020.



Source: Business Insider

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