Globenewswire | May 15, 2023
TriLink BioTechnologies a Maravai LifeSciences company and global provider of life science reagents and services, has launched its newest cap analog, CleanCap® M6 . The latest CleanCap analog is expected to help developers and researchers maximize the impact of their mRNA therapeutics and vaccines while reducing overall manufacturing costs, bringing life-changing medicines to market faster.
With the introduction of the CleanCap M6 technology, legacy capping methods like enzymatic and ARCA may be a thing of the past. By combining the modification of 3’OMe on the m7-Guanosine and the additional methyl modification on the +1 Adenosine, the CleanCap M6 analog is expected to improve mRNA potency with the highest protein expression of any CleanCap analog yet. Combined with technology’s single-pot reaction capabilities that shrink manufacturing times and increase mRNA yields with a purity profile of >95%, CleanCap analogs are novel mRNA Cap structures, which may improve the benefits of an mRNA therapeutic or vaccine.
“TriLink’s portfolio of CleanCap mRNA capping technology is expected to be the new go-to capping method in the very near future - it is the future,” shared Kate Broderick Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer at Maravai LifeSciences. “What excites me most about this novel analog is its ability to make mRNA an even more powerful therapeutic than we have seen previously.”
The company’s first CleanCap analog launched in 2017 and this capping technology has been incorporated in one of the first commercially approved COVID-19 vaccines. With the introduction of CleanCap M6, TriLink has developed its most robust analog to date. Studies have shown that the innovative product increases mRNA expression by 30% or more versus enzymatic capping methods and is estimated to reduce manufacturing costs by 20-40%.
“mRNA is clearly an emerging therapeutic modality where mRNA vaccines and therapeutics are expanding rapidly,” added Drew Burch, EVP of TriLink’s Nucleic Acid Products division. “CleanCap M6, and the entire CleanCap portfolio, joins a strong roster of synthesized nucleic acids, NTPs, and more that we expect to continue to grow.”
In addition to the CleanCap mRNA capping portfolio, TriLink has scale-up expertise and unique mRNA, oligonucleotide & plasmid production capabilities for companies focused on therapeutic, vaccine, diagnostic breakthroughs, leaning on its 25-plus years of experience to provide superior CDMO services.
Data and customer insights garnered from a market assessment conducted by a third-party consulting firm on behalf of TriLink BioTechnologies in November 2022.
Maravai is a leading life sciences company providing critical products to enable the development of drug therapies, diagnostics, and novel vaccines. Maravai’s companies are leaders in providing products and services in the fields of nucleic acid synthesis and biologics safety testing to many of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical, vaccine, diagnostics, and cell and gene therapy companies.
INDUSTRIAL IMPACT, MEDICAL
prnewswire | April 17, 2023
Caris Life Sciences® the leading molecular science and technology company actively developing and delivering innovative solutions to revolutionize healthcare, and Flare Therapeutics, a biotechnology company targeting transcription factors to discover precision medicines for cancer and other diseases, today announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to accelerate precision medicine approaches across five of Flare's therapeutic programs into clinical trials through advanced molecular profiling approaches that guide patient selection and participation.
The partnership reinforces Flare's commitment to longitudinal testing, leveraging Caris' comprehensive molecular tissue and liquid profiling services including whole exome sequencing and whole transcriptome sequencing for patients enrolled in Flare's clinical trials, while also applying Caris' data and analytics tools to bolster future clinical trial enrollment programs and companion diagnostics capabilities.
"We understand the importance of shaping translational insights early on as a major area of focus to help ensure efficient drug development at scale and clinical trial preparedness," said Michaela Bowden, Ph.D., Chief Development Officer at Flare. "With access to Caris' robust clinico-genomic real-world data, comprehensive molecular profiling and extensive precision oncology alliance network, we are well positioned to unlock the full potential of drugging transcription factors by further unraveling the molecular complexities of cancer at the patient level and successfully enter the next phase of our growth as a clinical stage company."
Through comprehensive molecular profiling and the application of advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning, Caris has created the largest clinico-genomic database coupled with cognitive computing to unravel the molecular complexity of disease. Under the terms of the agreement, Flare will leverage Caris' industry-leading next generation sequencing technology for the molecular testing of patients treated with Flare's assets. In addition, Flare will receive access to Caris' data insights and analytics capabilities to accelerate oncology drug discovery, identify novel biomarkers and optimize clinical positioning strategies for their pipeline. Flare will also leverage Caris' biomarker-driven patient selection for clinical trials, allowing Caris the first option to develop a companion diagnostic for any drug candidate developed as part of the collaboration.
"This broad partnership with Flare will leverage Caris' leading molecular science and technology solutions to support Flare's novel approach to decipher the biology of transcription factors to develop small molecule medicines," said Milan Radovich, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Caris Life Sciences. "The data accessibility and continuum across real world and clinical trial populations will provide Flare the necessary insights for successful molecule discovery and development."
About Caris Life Sciences
Caris Life Sciences® is the leading molecular science and technology company actively developing and delivering innovative solutions to revolutionize healthcare and improve patient outcomes. Through comprehensive molecular profiling (Whole Exome and Whole Transcriptome Sequencing) and the application of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms, Caris has created the large-scale clinico-genomic database and cognitive computing needed to analyze and unravel the molecular complexity of disease. This information provides an unmatched resource and the ideal path forward to conduct the basic, fundamental research to accelerate discovery for detection, diagnosis, monitoring, therapy selection and drug development to improve the human condition.
With a primary focus on cancer, Caris' suite of market-leading molecular profiling offerings assesses DNA, RNA and proteins to reveal a molecular blueprint that helps patients, physicians and researchers better detect, diagnose and treat patients. The company's latest advancement, Caris Assure™, is a blood-based, circulating nucleic acids sequencing (cNAS) assay that combines comprehensive molecular analysis (Whole Exome and Whole Transcriptome Sequencing from blood) and serial monitoring
INDUSTRIAL IMPACT, DIAGNOSTICS
Globenewswire | April 10, 2023
Avid Bioservices, Inc. a dedicated biologics contract development and manufacturing organization working to improve patient lives by providing high quality development and manufacturing services to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, announced the completion of two expansions within the company’s mammalian cell facilities. The company expects that the first customer for the newly expanded CGMP mammalian cell suites will begin manufacture this month. To celebrate the launch of the newly expanded facilities, Avid is hosting an open house and tour for existing and prospective clients.
“We are proud to unveil our completed expansions and excited to kick off the first customer project within our latest, state-of-the-art mammalian cell manufacturing suites. These build-outs involved great complexity and required exemplary efforts from our entire team. I would like to acknowledge the tremendous work from everyone who played a role in completing these significant projects on schedule,” said Nick Green, president and chief executive officer of Avid Bioservices. “This launch could not be timed any better based on the significant demand we continue to see for our mammalian cell services, highlighted by significant new business wins and the largest backlog in the history of the company.”
The newly expanded manufacturing capacity includes both upstream and downstream CGMP manufacturing suites and serves as complement to Avid’s existing Myford facility, providing increased capacity to address the needs of both existing and future mammalian cell business customers. The addition of the capacity provided by the new manufacturing suites within the Myford facility has the potential to generate approximately an additional $100 million in annual revenue.
In addition to the launch of the newly expanded Myford facility, Avid also announced the completion of its mammalian cell process development expansion, which has doubled the company’s total process development capacity. Now operational, these new capabilities have the potential to support up to an additional $25 million in annual process development revenue.
With the completion of these mammalian cell capacity expansion projects, Avid’s sole ongoing expansion effort involves the build-out of its new cell and gene therapy facility which will support early-stage development through commercial manufacturing. The company has already launched analytical and process development capabilities at this viral vector facility and remains on track to launch the CGMP manufacturing suites by the end of the third quarter of calendar 2023.
Upon completion of the CGT Facility, we estimate that our combined facilities will have the potential to bring our total revenue generating capacity to up to approximately $400 million annually.
About Avid Bioservices, Inc.
Avid Bioservices an S&P SmallCap 600 company, is a dedicated contract development and manufacturing organization focused on development and CGMP manufacturing of biologics. The company provides a comprehensive range of process development, CGMP clinical and commercial manufacturing services for the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. With 30 years of experience producing monoclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins, Avid's services include CGMP clinical and commercial drug substance manufacturing, bulk packaging, release and stability testing and regulatory submissions support. For early-stage programs the company provides a variety of process development activities, including upstream and downstream development and optimization, analytical methods development, testing and characterization. The scope of our services ranges from standalone process development projects to full development and manufacturing programs through commercialization.