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Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2015
Mar. 03, 2016
Jun. 30, 2015
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2015    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2015    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Trading Symbol DVAX    
Entity Registrant Name DYNAVAX TECHNOLOGIES CORP    
Entity Central Index Key 0001029142    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   38,482,018  
Entity Public Float     $ 587,052,465