CELL AND GENE THERAPY
Moderna, Aldevron | May 25, 2021
Moderna, Inc., a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, and Aldevron, LLC, the leading provider of high-quality plasmid DNA, mRNA, and recombinant proteins used for vaccines, gene and cell therapy, gene editing, and diagnostic applications, have announced an expanded collaboration in support of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and additional programs in mRNA therapeutics and vaccines.
Aldevron will specifically provide plasmid DNA to act as the genetic template for the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine and other investigational programs in Moderna's pipeline.
“Aldevron has been a long-standing Moderna partner. We value their cooperation and expertise in the biologics space,” said Juan Andres, Moderna's Chief Technical Operations and Quality Officer. “We are looking to continue our work in this extended partnership.”
“Aldevron's support for the Moderna pipeline spans nearly a decade, and we're incredibly proud of the trust they've got in us,” said Kevin Ballinger, Aldevron's Chief Executive Officer. “Our extensive experience, combined with improved operational efficiencies and recent capacity expansion, puts us in an excellent position to support Moderna's efforts – especially at this critical stage. We look forward to extending our strategic partnership in the future to serve a pipeline of important new programs.”
Aldevron's DNA production continues in its 70,000 square foot GMP facility in Fargo, North Dakota. The design and validation of an additional 189,000 sq ft expansion to Aldevron's 14-acre Breakthrough Campus's GMP facility have been completed, allowing for increased production capability.
Aldevron is a world-class manufacturing partner in the area of genetic medicine. Michael Chambers and John Ballantyne founded the company in 1998, and it offers essential nucleic acids and proteins used in gene and cell therapies, DNA and RNA vaccines, and gene editing technologies. Aldevron's 600 employees assist thousands of scientists who are working to develop revolutionary treatments for millions of people.
Moderna has evolved from a science research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA) to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across six modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas such as mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant. Moderna maintains partnerships with a wide range of domestic & global government and commercial collaborators, allowing for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and accelerated manufacturing scaling. Recently, Moderna's capabilities came together to allow the authorized use of one of the earliest and most effective COVID-19 vaccines.
Viva Biotech, BioMap | May 11, 2021
The first generation of the China Biocomputing Conference, hosted by BioMap and Adock, was successfully launched in Suzhou. The conference's goal is to bring together biotech and IT industry partners to build a multi-party integrated industrial ecosystem and realize AI's full potential in the field of biotechnology.
Viva Biotech was invited to the conference and announced a strategic alliance with BioMap. This alliance will combine BioMap's AI + biological computing engine with Viva Biotech's structure-based drug discovery tool to jointly accelerate the R&D of novel drugs.
Viva Biotech's President, Dr. Delin Ren, stated: "The combination of AI deep learning technologies and the SBDD technology platform is certain to have far-reaching consequences for drug design and R&D. The strategic partnership between Viva Biotech and BioMap is the ideal combination between these two technologies. It is anticipated that it will shorten the R&D period and increase the success rate of novel drug discovery."
"High-quality biological data is the base of biocomputing platform development," said Liu Wei, co-founder, and CEO of BioMap. Viva Biotech has the most advanced protein structure analysis technologies and capabilities in the world. The partnership with Viva Biotech will allow BioMap to obtain high-quality macromolecular structure data in a high-throughput manner, especially for new targets, artificially designed antibody molecules, and target-drug complexes. The partnership, when combined with BioMap's strong computing power and algorithm development expertise, is expected to facilitate the development of BioMap's AI macromolecular drug platform, which will potentially lead to new drug development."
AlxplorerBio and EPN, two biotech firms that Viva BioInnovator funded in and incubated, both attended the meeting and signed the collaboration agreement.
About Viva Biotech
Viva Biotech aims to become a place for innovative biotechnology companies from around the world. We have built a scalable business model that combines the conventional cash-for-service (CFS) model with the revolutionary equity-for-service (EFS) model. Under the CFS model, the Group offers global pharmaceutical clients a one-stop-shop for new drug discovery and production. The EFS business is committed to investing globally in biotech research that provides novel solutions to unmet medical needs in a variety of therapeutic areas.
Viva Biotech has offered drug development and manufacturing services to 1,252 pharmaceutical clients worldwide as of December 31, 2020, worked on over 1,500 independent drug targets, delivered over 21,000 independent protein structures, and incubated/invested in 67 biotech firms.
BioMap is China's first biocomputing-driven biotech firm, led as chairman by Baidu CEO Robin Li and co-founder and CEO by Baidu Ventures' former CEO Liu Wei. BioMap was established during a period of growth in biological data. Our goal is to use AI and data to significantly improve the lives of patients. BioMap, positioned as a data-driven company, is speeding the R&D phase of early screening/diagnosis, drug discovery, and other precision medicine products by leveraging high-performance biocomputing and AI capabilities, gaining insights from our unique and vast library of population and molecular data sets.
We are concentrating our efforts on developing our internal AI engine and data collection capabilities to curate our proprietary insights for difficult diseases.
CELL AND GENE THERAPY
I-Mab | July 12, 2021
I-Mab, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical business dedicated to discovering, developing, and commercialization of novel biologics, announced today the signing of two new partnerships with Chinese emerging biotech firms to enhance its next-generation innovation pipeline.
Collaborations with Immorna, an mRNA biotech company, and neoX Biotech, an AI-enabled R&D biotech company, provide I-Mab access to revolutionary technologies to search for new cancer treatments. I-Mab will create new anti-cancer antibody therapies using Immorna's ground-breaking self-replicating mRNA technology. Furthermore, I-Mab will collaborate with neoX Biotech on up to ten new biologics programs that will use neoX's unique artificial intelligence algorithm under a strategic partnership agreement. Today's announcement adds to the Company's existing collaboration agreements with Complix for a cell-penetrating antibody platform and Affinity for a masking antibody platform in March 2021, allowing it to continue expanding its globally competitive pipeline of next-generation antibody assets enabled by transformative technologies.
The cooperation agreements specify that both partner firms will earn secret upfront and milestone payments.
I-Mab is a global biotech business focused on discovering, developing and ultimate commercialization of new and highly distinct biologics in the immuno-oncology therapeutic space. Through drug discovery, the Company's goal is to deliver transformational medicines to patients all around the globe. I-internationally, Mab's competitive pipeline of more than 15 clinical and preclinical stage therapeutic candidates is driven by its internal R&D capabilities and global licensing agreements based on the Company's exclusive Fast-to-Proof-of-Concept and Fast-to-Market pipeline development methods. The Company is quickly transitioning from clinical-stage biotech to a fully integrated global biopharmaceutical company with cutting-edge global R&D capabilities, a world-class GMP manufacturing facility, and commercialization capacity. I-Mab has a global presence in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Hong Kong in China, and Maryland and San Diego in the United States.
Immorna, founded in 2019, is a rapidly expanding biotech company focused on creating self-replicating and traditional mRNA-based therapeutics and vaccines. Immorna has developed a strong CMC platform for mRNA synthesis, purification, and analytical testing since its inception, and it is ideally suited for commercial development. In addition, Immorna has developed an arsenal of mRNA delivery vehicles using cutting-edge screening tools, including polymers and lipid nanoparticles containing multiple proprietary cationic lipids suited for intramuscular, intravenous, or tissue-targeting delivery. Immorna's pipeline is diverse, including cancer immunotherapy, infectious diseases, rare genetic disorders, and cosmetology. Immorna's oncology and infectious disease projects are nearing the clinical stage. Immorna's global presence includes Hangzhou, Shanghai in China, and Wilmington, DE in the United States.
About neoX Biotech
neoX Biotech is a next-generation biotech firm that focuses on computational design for novel drug research and development. neoX focuses on studying and developing macromolecular medicines and multi-specific drugs by combining artificial intelligence (AI), biophysics, and high-throughput experiments. neoX has created a highly transferable and sophisticated platform for early drug discovery via in-depth protein-protein interaction analysis (PPI). NeoX has shown preclinical success in a number of novel drug pipelines derived from this platform. Founded in 2018 by two physicians from MIT and Caltech, neoX has received over $100 million in funding from renowned venture capital firms such as Sequoia Capital China, 5Y Capital, Vision Plus Capital, Vertex Ventures, LYFE Capital, ZhenFund, and others.