Science Speaks - Blog by ISAAA

Plant Biotechnology, Plant Viruses, and Pharmaceuticals 

By Zabrina J. Bugnosen
June 7, 2023

In February 2023, Mitsubishi Chemical Group announced its decision to stop Medicago Inc.’s operations. Medicago was a pharmaceutical company based in Quebec, Canada that made headlines at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when it successfully used plant molecular farming to create COVIFENZ® COVID-19 vaccine. The company is regarded as a pioneer in its field, and its closure has left people wondering about the future of using plant-based technology in producing vaccines and other pharmaceutical products.

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