NIH Announces Awards For Early Genomic Researchers

BioTecNika | August 28, 2019

NIH Awards Early Researchers in the field of genome biology, genomic medicine, technology development, and societal implications of genomic advances. It is called The Genomic Innovator Awards. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, started the NIH Genomic Innovators Awards in 2018. Unlike traditional research grants, these special NIH awards to Early Researchers will provide funding to investigators with outstanding records of productivity as they pursue essential research areas. This program contributes to the ongoing NIH effort to expedite scientific innovation by promoting funding to scientists, prompting improved productivity and facilitating flexible, ambitious, and original research. Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., Director of NHGRI, said that NHGRI was pleased to announce The Genomic Innovator Awards. He added that this would help talented investigators pursue their research ideas in a highly agile fashion. This award has enormous potential to make meaningful contributions to genomics in the coming years.

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Controlling bioburden throughout biomanufacturing processes is critical to assuring drug products are safe for human use. To ensure products are free from microbial contamination, multiple filtration steps are implemented across the biomanufacturing process.  The final sterilizing filtration prior to filling is especially critical, and filtration performance should be confirmed according to industry standards and test criteria.

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Controlling bioburden throughout biomanufacturing processes is critical to assuring drug products are safe for human use. To ensure products are free from microbial contamination, multiple filtration steps are implemented across the biomanufacturing process.  The final sterilizing filtration prior to filling is especially critical, and filtration performance should be confirmed according to industry standards and test criteria.

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Charles River Expands Strategic Partnership With SAMDI Tech

Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. | January 28, 2022

Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. announced the expansion of their strategic partnership with Chicago, Illinois-based SAMDI Tech, Inc. Under the existing partnership, established in 2018, SAMDI Tech clients have access to Charles River’s collection of lead-like compounds for high-throughput screening. The expanded agreement establishes Charles River as the exclusive partner for the promotion of SAMDI Tech’s technology. This partnership will provide Charles River’s clients seamless access to the premiere, label-free high-throughput screening mass spectrometry (MS) platform in drug discovery. The SAMDI technology combines self-assembled monolayers and MALDI MS, and addresses the throughput and sample preparation limitations of traditional MS screening methods. The combination of Charles River’s end-to-end portfolio and industry-leading scientific bench with SAMDI Tech’s innovative technology and expertise in assay solutions has the potential to significantly accelerate and augment clients’ discovery efforts by measuring biochemical activities and binding events for virtually any target. Approved Quotes “Our collaboration with SAMDI Tech is another step that we’re taking toward accelerating drug discovery and development. By generating quality data faster during hit identification, we can help our clients make critical go/no go decisions earlier in the process, to advance their programs.” –Wilbert Frieling, D.V.M., Corporate Senior Vice President, Global Discovery Services, Charles River “With over a decade of industry experience, SAMDI Tech has a well-respected track record of producing high quality data. We are excited to partner with them to bring this technology to our clients.” – Julie Frearson, Ph.D., Corporate Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Charles River “We are excited to expand on our successful partnership with Charles River, whose clients will join our global client base to benefit from our label-free SAMDI technology, which continues to deliver cutting-edge solutions backed by high-quality, data-driven results.” –Emilio Cordova, PhD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, SAMDI Tech About Charles River Charles River provides essential products and services to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies and leading academic institutions around the globe accelerate their research and drug development efforts. Our dedicated employees are focused on providing clients with exactly what they need to improve and expedite the discovery, early-stage development and safe manufacture of new therapies for the patients who need them.

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Recipharm and Moderna Finalize Agreement to Support Formulation and Fill-Finish a part of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Outside of the U.S.

Recipharm | January 04, 2021

Moderna, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRNA), biotechnology organization spearheading courier RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, and Recipharm (STO: RECI-B), a main contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), today reported that they have agreed to help detailing and fill-finish a part of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine supply outside of the U.S. The action will be acted in Recipharm's medication item producing office located in France. Subject to regulatory approval of the immunization in important nations outside of the U.S., it is anticipated that supply will commence in early 2021. “We are making important progress in the development of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and we are pleased to be entering into this collaboration with Recipharm,” said Nicolas Chornet, Senior Vice President, International Manufacturing of Moderna. “We look forward to their support in the delivery of our vaccine to market.”

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AbbVie and Caribou Biosciences Announce Collaboration and License Agreement for the Research and Development of CAR-T Cell Therapeutics

AbbVie | February 11, 2021

AbbVie and Caribou Biosciences, Inc., a leading clinical-stage CRISPR genome altering biotechnology organization, reported today that they have gone into a cooperation and permit arrangement for the innovative work of fanciful antigen receptor (CAR)- T cell therapeutics. Albeit allogeneic, "off-the-shelf" CAR-T cell therapies have indicated early guarantee in some malignancy patients, the requirement for beating the dismissal of allogeneic CAR-T cells by the host immune system stays a vital test to their more extensive turn of events. Utilizing Caribou's CRISPR genome editing platform to engineer CAR-T cells to withstand have resistant assault would empower the advancement of the next-generation of "off-the-shelf" cellular therapies to benefit a broader patient population. "We are excited to partner with AbbVie on the development of new CAR-T cell therapies. This collaboration validates Caribou's differentiated next-generation CRISPR genome editing technologies that provide best-in-class efficiency and specificity," said Rachel Haurwitz, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Caribou. "We believe AbbVie is an ideal partner for Caribou as we expand upon the number of targets and diseases addressable by our technologies. Genome-edited CAR-T cell therapies hold tremendous potential for patients, and this partnership accelerates our ability to address significant unmet medical need." About AbbVie AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women's health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. About Caribou Biosciences, Inc. Caribou is a leading clinical-stage CRISPR genome editing biotechnology company founded by pioneers of CRISPR biology. Outside of this collaboration, Caribou is advancing an internal pipeline of allogeneic cell therapies for oncology. CB-010, Caribou's lead allogeneic CAR-T cell program, targets CD19 and is being evaluated in a Phase 1 clinical trial for patients with relapsed/refractory B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. CB-011, Caribou's second allogeneic CAR-T cell therapy, targets BCMA for multiple myeloma, and CB-012, Caribou's third allogeneic CAR-T cell therapy, targets CD371 for acute myeloid leukemia. CB-011 and CB-012 are in preclinical development. Additionally, Caribou is developing iPSC-derived allogeneic natural killer (NK) cell therapies for solid tumors. Through its next-generation CRISPR genome editing technologies, Caribou is implementing multiple strategies to boost CAR-T and NK cell persistence to overcome cell exhaustion and to prevent rapid immune-mediated clearance. These sophisticated edits drive the durability of clinical benefit of these off-the-shelf medicines.

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