CELL AND GENE THERAPY, INDUSTRIAL IMPACT
GenScript ProBio | February 24, 2023
GenScript ProBio, a renowned Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), has recently entered a strategic partnership agreement with RVAC Medicines Pte. Ltd., a biotech company specializing in the development and commercialization of mRNA vaccines and therapeutics. The collaboration is aimed at manufacturing GMP-grade plasmid DNA (pDNA) for the RVM-V001 mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate, as well as supporting future therapeutic pipelines.
GenScript ProBio will offer GMP plasmid manufacturing service for RVAC Medicines' program, RVM-V001. By collaborating with GenScript ProBio, RVAC Medicines will be able to accelerate the clinical manufacturing of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines, as well as future mRNA-based vaccines designed to target other infectious diseases such as Clostriodioides difficile infection (CDI) and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
As RVAC proceeds with the development of its mRNA candidates, GenScript ProBio continues to offer high-quality GMP materials crucial to the objective, including plasmid DNA and the development of ancillary materials to support mRNA manufacturing processes. GenScript ProBio also provides consultative and expert guidance regarding regulatory and quality expectations of agencies worldwide.
RVAC Medicines and GenScript ProBio will continue collaborating to support mRNA initiatives for both clinical and commercial stage development.
Dr. Brian Min, CEO of GenScript ProBio said, "We are delighted to enter into this strategic partnership with RVAC Medicines. This collaboration will enable us to utilize our cutting-edge GMP plasmid manufacturing platform technology to support the development of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine and its therapeutic candidates."
(Source – PR Newswire)
About GenScript ProBio
GenScript ProBio is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) that provides end-to-end drug discovery and commercialization services. The company's services are designed to accelerate drug development for its clients in various areas, including CGT, vaccines, biologics discovery, and antibody protein drugs. GenScript ProBio has a global presence, with subsidiaries in the Netherlands, the United States, South Korea, and China. Since October 2017, the company has helped clients in different regions, such as the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific, to obtain over 40 IND approvals. Its goal is to drive innovation and speed up the biologics development process from target to market.
Quantum-Si | January 10, 2023
The leading Protein Sequencing Company™, Quantum-Si, recently announced that it signed a partnership and license agreement with Biovista to offer customers more significant proteomic insights beyond their protein sequence output.
Biovista utilizes artificial intelligence in multiple formats to analyze enormous data repositories and visualize non-obvious networks and connections between proteins, diseases, and drug mechanisms of action. The partnership enhances Quantium-Si's services significantly by making proteomic-to-drug workflows more efficient for researchers.
Biovista's VIZIT™ exploration tool will be incorporated into Quantum-Si's cloud-based suite of analytic tools, allowing researchers to visualize the connections between the protein sequences identified during their experiment to diseases, other proteins, and post-translational modifications. Thus, researchers can identify potential disease-specific mechanisms and biomarkers more efficiently and effectively.
"Quantum-Si's protein sequencing technology in concert with Biovista's database and visualization technology can aid in the discovery of new proteins for future therapeutic targets associated with disease," said Jeff Hawkins, CEO of Quantum-Si. He further stated, "The potential can also extend to discovering new biomarkers for clinical research and diagnostics."
(Source- Business Wire)
"Quantum-Si is leading the next generation of real-world meaningful sequencing," said Dr. Aris Persidis, Biovista's Co-Founder and President. "We are excited to see deep sequencing and insight generation now available in one integrated platform," he concluded.
(Source- Business Wire)
Quantum-Si, The Protein Sequencing CompanyTM, is dedicated to revolutionizing the rapidly expanding field of proteomics. It provides the first-of-its-kind, end-to-end, universal single-molecule detection solutions, allowing to build, experiment, and discover on its platform regardless of their existing products. In addition, its proprietary Time Domain Sequencing technology eliminates the reliance on color as an identification method, a barrier for any application outside of genomics, where only four colors are required.
CELL AND GENE THERAPY, INDUSTRIAL IMPACT
Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc. | February 23, 2023
On February 22, 2023, Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology firm focused on the development of allogeneic cell therapies to restore and replace specific cell types of the human body, announced that it has entered into an exclusive option and license agreement with Eterna Therapeutics Inc. (Eterna) for the development of innovative beta 2 microglobulin (B2M)-deficient induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines that Lineage will assess for the creation of unique, differentiated cell transplant therapies.
These new cell lines to be developed by Eterna are expected to help Lineage generate more product candidates for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) conditions and other neurology indications. Eterna holds the exclusive license for the crucial intellectual property associated with this partnership, which it obtained from its discovery partner Factor Bioscience.
Following the agreement, Eterna intends to perform specific gene-editing activities and furnish materials to Lineage for assessment. In addition, the agreement grants Lineage the option to obtain an exclusive license to use and sublicense the new gene-edited cell lines for clinical, preclinical, and commercial purposes in the field of CNS diseases. A distinctive feature of the starting cell line is the targeted elimination of the B2M gene, which is aimed at minimizing the immunogenicity of product candidates generated from the cell lines by inhibiting rejection by CD8+ T cells.
Lineage anticipates that this attribute will enhance the overall usefulness of the edited cell lines, including non-immune privileged or non-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) matched indications. Other proposed gene modifications may additionally differentiate the cell line from those currently utilized by competitors. No details of the financial agreement were disclosed.
About Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc.
Founded in 1990, Lineage Cell Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing novel cell therapies to address unmet medical needs. The company's programs are based on its proprietary cell-based therapy platform and related development and manufacturing capabilities. By using this platform, it specializes in the development and manufacture of specialized, terminally-differentiated human cells from its progenitor and pluripotent cell starting materials. These differentiated cells are intended to either support or replace cells that are dysfunctional or absent due to degenerative disease or traumatic injury and can also be administered to help the body mount an effective immune response to cancer.