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.
Benchling | January 27, 2023
On January 27, 2023, Benchling, the R&D cloud that powers the biotechnology sector, announced that it has passed the System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 certification. Schellman, an independent Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm, conducted the Type 2 SOC 2 test according to the AICPA's SOC 2 standards.
Type 2 SOC 2 evaluates the design and operational performance of an organization's security processes and controls to meet its security goals and customer commitments during a predetermined evaluation period. Constant monitoring, evaluation, and modification of the requirements and security measures guarantee a secure environment for doing business.
The CISO at Benchling, Zach Powers, said, "Biotechs are managing an evolving landscape of security and compliance risks, and they require trusted software partners to help them meet these demands." He added, "At Benchling, we make the security, privacy, and compliance of our customers' sensitive data a company-wide, critical investment, not only through Type 2 SOC 2, but also through our best-in-class security team, our trust-but-verify processes, and our adherence to global compliance standards."
(Source – PR Newswire)
Benchling's R&D Cloud is the biotech R&D platform of choice, trusted by over 1,000 organizations worldwide in highly regulated areas such as biopharmaceuticals, agribusiness, industrials, and consumer packaged goods. Benchling is used by customers to securely store, standardize, and analyze crucial data related to the design and development of innovative biotech products. Benchling's objective is to protect client data; hence, the firm utilizes sophisticated data security and privacy protections and complies with tight regulatory regulations such as the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. The organization is also ISO 27001 certified.
The successful completion of Benchling's Type 2 SOC 2 inspection assures that its biotech clients can conduct crucial R&D work in the Benchling R&D Cloud while following the highest security requirements.
Benchling is a San Francisco-based firm that focuses on private and public life science cooperation by developing cloud-based software tools for digital DNA sequence editing, planning and performing experiments, evaluating data, and sharing research. More than 200,000 scientists from over 1,000 firms and 7,500 university and research institutions worldwide have used the Benchling R&D Cloud to create breakthrough discoveries and deliver the next generation of medicines, foods, and materials to market more quickly. In addition, the R&D cloud assists these companies in modernizing their scientific processes and accelerating their cooperation to transform the complexity of biology into world-changing outcomes.
CELL AND GENE THERAPY, INDUSTRIAL IMPACT
The Center for Breakthrough Medicines | March 13, 2023
Nucleus Biologics and Stoic Bio have teamed up to form a supply agreement with the Center for Breakthrough Medicines (CBM), a contract development and manufacturing organization that aims to accelerate the development and manufacture of advanced therapies. Under the agreement, Nucleus Biologics will become CBM's selected supplier of cell culture media and other biological solutions, ensuring a consistent supply of this critical material with tighter quality control measures.
Nucleus Biologics' approach to cell culture media, which sees it as a critical raw material that can drive desired attributes of cells crucial to the success of cell and gene therapy research, is complementary to CBM's focus on transparency, technology, and end-to-end solutions. By working together, they hope to expedite cell and gene therapy breakthroughs.
In addition, CBM will be an early adopter of Stoic Bio's innovative family of point-of-use media makers, Krakatoa™, which allows scientists to manufacture their own media with 65% fewer CO2 emissions than conventional media. By demonstrating that developing and manufacturing lifesaving therapies doesn't have to come with a high environmental cost, CBM hopes to set an example for the industry.
With over 2,200 cell and gene therapies in development, collaborations like this one are needed to speed up the process of getting these therapies to the clinic and ultimately approved. The CBM, Stoic Bio and Nucleus Biologics collaboration aim to create a unique service offering that introduces a paradigm shift in development and manufacturing, showing how technology and sustainability can converge to make better therapies sustainably.
About The Center for Breakthrough Medicines
The Center for Breakthrough Medicines (CBM) is a CDMO focused on accelerating the development and manufacture of advanced therapies to save lives. It offers end-to-end solutions such as process development, manufacturing, and quality control for cell and gene therapies, gene editing, and immunotherapies. In addition, CBM collaborates with pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and healthcare providers to make advanced therapies more accessible while ensuring compliance with regulatory standards. The company also prioritizes sustainability by implementing green initiatives and sustainable technology and strives to positively impact the communities it operates in.