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Rick Bright is Back

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Dr. Richard Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, arrives for a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing to discuss protecting scientific integrity in response to the coronavirus outbreak on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

“Rick Bright is Back – Yesterday, President-Elect Joe Biden named its own pandemic task force including Dr. Rick Bright. As you may recall, Bright ran BARDA until April when President Trump fired him for being a whistle-blower suggesting that all the vaccine funding was politically driven. From what we understand, Bright was a fan of VXRT’s technology. The Company has an existing small BARDA deal for the universal flu vaccine (and an option deal with JNJ). Hence, Bright’s unexpected firing we believe is why VXRT got behind in the OWS race. Now that Bright is back, we believe it will lead to good news with VXRT’s oral COVID vaccine down the road.” – Anonymous Researcher

Rick Bright, Biden Covid Advisory Board Member is a Former Obama-era BARDA Director. He led the Influenza division when the BARDA CIADM network was established and when Emergent took over the CIADM that Vaxart was slated to manufacture in. He also led the BARDA Influenza Division when Vaxart won a $15mln Flu Pill Testing contract from the US Govt and he was Director of BARDA when that contract was later expanded in 2017. He also was director of BARDA when J&J won a big Influenza/Universal Influenza contract (J&J and Vaxart have an early univ flu collab) and when Emergent expanded the CIADM in 2017. – HB

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