Biotechnology has made it possible to diagnose strep throat in minutes, rather than days. Some types of cancer can now be diagnosed with a simple blood test, rather than surgery.
Biotechnology delivered the first new treatment for multiple sclerosis in over 20 years and the first new therapy for cystic fibrosis in over 30 years. In the future, defective genes or damaged cells may be repaired or replaced through the use of biotechnology.
New vaccines help prevent hepatitis, meningitis, and influenza. New vaccines in food may eliminate the need for a trip to the doctor and a shot.
Protecting Babies & Children
Pfizer Vaccines, formerly Wyeth Vaccines, is dedicated to making life-saving vaccines, including those that eliminated small pox and polio from the United States. Their Sanford, North Carolina, facility is continuing this legacy.
In the last decade, the company's vaccines for meningitis, pneumonia, blood infections, and bacterial infections have significantly reduced infant and childhood mortality from these diseases around the world. Since Pfizer introduced its pneumonia vaccine for infants and toddlers, the incidence of the disease in children under two has declined by almost 80 percent.
Pfizer has a 325,000-square-foot facility in Sanford.