As in all areas of innovation, from IT to aeronautics, research has helped us find solutions to life’s biggest challenges. Perhaps the most important area where research has made significant contributions is health. For thousands of years, Research has allowed us to understand the mechanisms behind the workings of the body’s immune system, leading to key preventive health solutions like vaccines.
Today we can prevent many serious diseases once suffered and feared – rabies, smallpox, polio, measles and many others. Scientific research will help us prevent more serious and stubborn diseases in the future.
Vaccines are Preventive Healthcare
Rather than treating people once they have gotten sick, vaccine science seeks ways to protect people’s health and prevent disease by stimulating the body’s immune system.
This approach is increasingly defining the future of biomedical research, generally, so vaccines are well-placed to be harbingers of a new kind of more effective, more preventive and more targeted kind of medicine. And this approach aligns well with new societal and policy trends that favor disease prevention and health management instead of only new treatments.
Beyond infectious diseases, researchers are also using vaccine technology in the pursuit of more prevention among more targeted populations. One day it may be possible to stimulate the immune system to control or even stop the spread of cancerous mutations, Alzheimer’s deteriorations, and more.
With more than 2€ billion of industry investment in research and development, and almost 150 vaccine projects in the pipelines, the future of better health through vaccines is bright.
At Sanofi Pasteur MSD, we invest roughly 20% of our own sales in R&D. We are proud to pick up on our partner companies’ research at clinical study phase IIb in order to optimally tailor to European needs and specifications. We are pleased to bring new vaccines to people across Europe and prepare for the launch and distribution of others in the coming years.
We invite you to learn more about our current vaccines and to discuss any questions or concerns you have about your family’s vaccination schedule with your doctor.