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                           [NOVAVAX, INC. LETTERHEAD]

                                                February 26, 1997

Mr. Richard F. Maradie
86 Great Plain Avenue
Wellesley, MA   02181

Dear Rick:

         On behalf of Novavax, Inc. (the "Company"), I am pleased to offer you
the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Company, subject to approval of
the full Board of Directors of the Company and to satisfactory reference
checks.  We are greatly looking forward to your joining the Company's team.

         JOB TITLE:               Chief Executive Officer

         START DATE:              March 4, 1997

         SALARY:                  $220,000 per year payable in accordance with
the Company's payroll policies in effect from time to time.

         BONUS:                   You will be entitled to an annual cash
incentive bonus based upon the achievement of certain specified goals.  The
bonus for fiscal year 1997 is expected to be $25,000.  Payment of your bonus
will be made within 60 days of the end of the Company's fiscal year.

         STOCK OPTIONS:           The Company will grant you stock options to
purchase 200,000 shares of the Company's Common Stock ($.01 par value) at an
exercise price equal to the closing price of the Company's Common Stock on the
date of grant ($4.0625 per share).  The options will vest as to one-third of
the shares on the six-month anniversary of the date of grant, as to an
additional one-third of the shares on the eighteen-month anniversary of the
date of grant and as to the final one-third of the shares on the thirty-month
anniversary of the date of grant.  Additional shares will be granted to you
annually, based on your job performance.  The amount will be determined and
voted on by the Board of Directors at the December board meetings.

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         BENEFITS:                 The Company will provide medical and dental
benefits, life insurance, and disability insurance in accordance with the
Company's policies in effect from time to time.  As of the date of this letter,
the Company currently pays 100% of the premium for $200,000 of life insurance
under the Company's group life insurance plan and 100% of the premium for the
Company's long-term disability insurance.

         VACATION:                 You will be entitled to two weeks of
vacation time during the first year, calculated on a calendar year basis in
accordance with the Company's policies in effect from time to time.  If you
remain employed with the Company, you will be entitled to two weeks of vacation
plus one day for each year of your employment after the first year, up to a
maximum of four weeks per year.  All vacation time will be calculated in
accordance with the Company's policies in effect from time to time.

         EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS AND TERM:         You will receive a one year
contract which will contain the conditions of your employment as well as the
obligations of Novavax and your employment.  The contract will include a three
month severance program.  Your contract will be reviewed by the Chairman and
the Compensation Committee after six months from the date of hire for purposes
of evaluation and possible extension.

         RELOCATION:               You will be expected to relocate to the
Columbia, Maryland location within six months from the date of hire.  It is
anticipated that your moving expenses will be approximately $50,000 which will
be fully refunded by Novavax.  We urge you to be expeditious in this

         BOARD SEAT:              You will be eligible to be considered for a
board seat after the March 20th board meeting. To become a board member, you
must be nominated by the Chairman of Novavax, with acceptance by the overall
board.  The window for this nomination will be between the first week of April
and the Shareholder's meeting.  I repeat, there must be an accord between you,
the Chairman of Novavax and the Board of Directors before the board seat is

         ENTIRE AGREEMENT:        This agreement sets forth the entire
agreement and understanding between you and the Company regarding all subjects
covered herein, the terms of which may not be changed or modified except by
agreement in writing signed by you and the Company.

         SEVERABILITY:            Should any provision of this agreement, or
portion thereof, be found invalid and unenforceable, the remaining provisions
shall continue in full force and effect.

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         GOVERNING LAW:  This agreement shall be governed, construed and
enforced in accordance with the laws of Delaware, without regard to principles
of conflict of law.

         CONFLICT:  You hereby acknowledge that you are not a party to
any agreement that in any way prohibits or impose any restriction on your
employment with the Company, and your acceptance hereof will both breach any
agreement to which you are a party.

         Please acknowledge your acceptance of this offer by signing the copy
of this letter and returning it to me.

                                         Very truly yours,

                                         Novavax, Inc.

                                         /s/ Edward B. Hager, MD
                                         Edward B. Hager, MD



/s/ Richard F. Maradie
Richard F. Maradie