Top drugmakers have joined with governments and nonprofits around the world to launch an alliance taking a proactive approach to potential deadly outbreaks.

Dubbed the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the group has netted $460 million in funding with the aim to initially focus on the MERS-CoV, Lassa and Nipah viruses.

GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Sanofi and Takeda signed on to support the group, according to a release, in conjunction with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust and the governments of Germany, Japan and Norway.