How Moderna Went From Coronavirus Sequence to a Phase-1-Ready Vaccine Candidate in 42 Days

Brian Orelli, PhD, The Motley Fool
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How Moderna Went From Coronavirus Sequence to a Phase-1-Ready Vaccine Candidate in 42 Days

Moderna (NASDAQ: MRNA), one of the leaders in the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine, was able to take the initial coronavirus sequence and get a vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273, ready for a phase 1 clinical trial in just 42 days. The biotech's use of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud-based computing service run by Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), enabled this quick development. Moderna runs its Drug Design Studio on AWS, which allows it to design its mRNA drug candidates quickly.