How big is this opportunity? Sanofi has much deeper pockets than tiny VICL. If you were on Vical's BOD, how much debt would you take on to pursue this speculative play? Do you think Sanofi may be interested in buying VICL some day, since Gary Nabel is in a leadership role now?
And no I don't think Sanofi will be interested in buying Vical. Every project vical gets into takes so much longer than it should and they will be passed by from compeitors. It happened with the new flu vaccines, dengue, aids,melenoma, and probably herpes and cmv.
Sanofi said a 1 billion dollar market. Why did Vical even start with the vaccine if it doesn't plan to follow thru with it? They went with another #$%$ slow moving partner of course. Started in 2009 and still no movement. Sounds very familiar with all the other partners they seem to end up with.