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Rapid Reshore & Development and BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Announce Agreement to Advance Construction of BrainStorm's U.S. Manufacturing Facilit

BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics | October 26, 2020

Rapid Reshore & Development (RR&D), an alliance of three specialized firms, and BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ: BCLI), a leading developer of adult stem cell therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, announced that BrainStorm has selected RR&D as its partner to expedite site selection and design services for a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for NurOwn® (autologous MSC-NTF) in the U.S. BrainStorm is investigating NurOwn as a potential treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis (MS). BrainStorm's most advanced clinical program for NurOwn is in ALS, which is currently being evaluated in a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial. BrainStorm seeks to locate, design and construct a new commercial manufacturing facility in the U.S. to prepare for potential commercialization. RR&D, a three-firm services alliance consisting of EwingCole, Facility Logix and Biggins, Lacy, Shapiro & Company, will identify the location and develop the design of BrainStorm's new commercial manufacturing facility.

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Adcentrx and AvantGen Enter a New Partnership with a Three-year, Multi-target Collaboration to Discover Antibodies for Novel Antibody-drug Conjugates

Adcentrx Therapeutics | February 15, 2022

Adcentrx Therapeutics a biotechnology company focused on accelerating breakthroughs in antibody drug conjugate ("ADC") therapeutic development, and AvantGen, a leader in the use of yeast display technology for human antibody discovery and optimization, announced today a three-year, multi-target partnership for the discovery of antibodies to be developed into novel ADC therapeutic candidates. Under the terms of the collaboration, Adcentrx will specify targets against which AvantGen will screen for novel antibodies using its yeast display system. Adcentrx will be responsible for engineering the antibodies into ADC therapeutic candidates and has worldwide development and commercialization rights. AvantGen will be eligible to receive milestone payments for achievement of certain development milestones. "We are excited to enter this new partnership with AvantGen to accelerate our ADC development efforts. What attracted us to AvantGen initially is how their yeast display technology and human antibody libraries mimic human diversity to yield high affinity and very specific antibodies. Through our ongoing collaboration, AvantGen has demonstrated its capabilities in rapidly discovering a diverse antibody repertoire with high developability against defined targets. A key objective at Adcentrx, through this collaboration and opportunistic licensing activities, is to identify the best antibodies which we can leverage to assemble a pipeline of next generation ADC therapeutics." Hui Li, Ph.D., President and CEO of Adcentrx "We are proud to partner with Adcentrx to help accelerate its ADC pipeline build with our robust human antibody discovery platform," said Xiaomin Fan, Ph.D., President and CEO of AvantGen. "The speed that Adcentrx is able to take lead antibody candidates to development stage with its ADC technology is truly remarkable. We believe that this new partnership will enable Adcentrx to develop the most promising next generation ADC therapeutics with our high-quality antibodies." About Adcentrx Therapeutics Adcentrx is a biotechnology company focused on accelerating breakthroughs in protein conjugate therapeutic development for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. By combining the targeting precision of biologics and the disease fighting power of small molecule payloads, Adcentrx strives to develop next generation targeted therapies for improving patient treatment options. About AvantGen AvantGen, Inc is a leader in the use of yeast display technology for antibody discovery and optimization. Founded by experts in the creation of antibody discovery and optimization platforms, AvantGen excels in the rapid generation of antibodies for therapeutic, diagnostic and research tool applications. The Company's platforms include a robust yeast display system, large natural human antibody database, fully human antibody libraries comprised of over 100 billion antibody clones displayed by yeast cells, NK cell engager technology, flow cytometry-based and other screening technologies, as well as novel methodologies for rabbit monoclonal antibody and VHH nanobody generation. These versatile platforms can be used to discover antibodies directed at specific disease targets, affinity mature existing antibodies to improve their binding properties and humanize antibodies to render non-human antibodies suitable for human therapeutic applications, as well as generate rabbit monoclonal antibodies for applications that need extremely high specificity, such as antibodies capable of distinguishing point mutations and post-translational modifications for IHC, and anti-idiotype antibodies for PK studies. AvantGen's partners include pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostic and government entities, many of which are repeat customers.

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Maravai Lifesciences Expands Its Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) Capabilities at Trilink Biotechnologies

Maravai Lifesciences | August 25, 2020

Maravai LifeSciences, a global provider of life science reagents and services to researchers and biotech innovators, is expanding its contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) capabilities at TriLink BioTechnologies for the second time in less than a year. The expansion is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021 and will increase TriLink's small molecule manufacturing capacity with a focus on additional scale-up of CleanCap®, its proprietary messenger RNA (mRNA) capping technology, for global mRNA vaccine and therapeutic programs. To further address the increasing demand for mRNA development and clinical programs, the company is currently completing the construction of its plasmid DNA production facility as well. Last November, TriLink opened their new headquarters in San Diego, CA and expanded mRNA and small molecule capacity as it opened five Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) suites. The current investment will further expand the operation with an additional three cGMP suites and four cGMP manufacturing support suites.

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KYAN Therapeutics Exclusively Enters License Agreement with Georgetown University for AI-Powered Cancer Drug Development

KYAN Therapeutics | September 24, 2020

KYAN Therapeutics, Inc. ("KYAN"), a frontier biotech company with a novel drug-dose combination optimizing platform, Optim.AI, has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Georgetown University for novel selective Class II HDAC inhibitors. KYAN has already commenced preclinical development of the lead candidate, which has been designated as KYAN-001, with early positive results. In vitro and in vivo studies of KYAN-001 have shown high efficacy for Multiple Myeloma and Prostate Cancer. The low toxicity and metabolic stability of KYAN-001 indicates a better safety and tolerability profile than FDA approved pan-HDAC inhibitors which suffer from toxicity issues and side effects. KYAN-001 also uniquely inhibits HDAC4 nucleoshuttling to further drive its anti-cancer effects. "We're very excited to proceed with KYAN-001 because of its promising features and we are confident that we can identify optimal combination therapies across multiple cancer indications with Optim.AI," said Lisa Chow, COO and General Counsel of KYAN.

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