Silencing Genes in Cellular Protein Factories Amplifies Production

genengnews | April 29, 2019

The cellular factories that churn out recombinant proteins may adopt their own version of lean manufacturing: intensify everything that adds value and curtail everything else. To date, yeast and other tiny protein factories have resisted such a systemic, rational approach. Living cells involve so many interconnected processes that obviously productive activities are often entangled with seemingly unproductive activities—but not always. According to a new study from a team of European researchers, a handful of genetic sacrifices doubled protein production in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The researchers, acting like latter-day Frederick Winslow Taylors, carried out cell-scale time-and-motion studies. Essentially, they optimized yeast strains through a combination of RNA interference and high-throughput microfluidic single-cell screening.

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Single-use technology (SUT) products are widely accepted for the manufacturing of vaccines and biologics. The increase in adoption of single-use Thermo Scientific™ BioProcess Containers (BPCs) is a result of their demonstrated performance, and their cost- and timesaving benefits. The quality and purity of the plastics used to produce Thermo Scientific™ Single-Use Bioreactor (S.U.B.), Single-Use Mixer (S.U.M.), and Single-Use Fermentor (S.U.F.) BPCs and storage bags are crucial to the purity and efficacy of final biopharmaceutical drug products.

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Sartorius Stedim Biotech Strengthens its Product Portfolio for Cell and Gene Therapies by Acquiring a Majority Stake in CellGenix

Sartorius | July 05, 2021

Sartorius Stedim Biotech, a leading international biopharmaceutical partner, has acquired a majority stake in CellGenix GmbH, a reagent manufacturer. The company, headquartered in Freiburg, Germany, and with a sales subsidiary near the biotechnology center in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, manufactures and distributes cell culture components in GMP grade for the manufacture of cell and gene therapy products. Sartorius Stedim Biotech originally purchased 51% of this company, which was previously privately held, for about 100 million euros in cash. Sartorius Stedim Biotech plans to purchase the remaining CellGenix shares in 2023 and 2026. CellGenix, founded in 1994 at the University Medical Center of Freiburg, employs about 70 employees and aims to produce revenues of more than 20 million euros in 2020, with a very high double-digit EBITDA margin. Sartorius Stedim Biotech intends to significantly expand the Freiburg facility and establish it as a center of excellence within the company to develop and produce high-quality critical raw materials for the cell and gene therapy markets. This press release includes forward-looking statements regarding the Sartorius Stedim Biotech Group's future development. Forward-looking statements include known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or indicated by such statements. Sartorius Stedim Biotech disclaims all obligation for revising such statements in light of new information or future events. The following is a translation of the original French news release. Sartorius Stedim Biotech accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of this translation. The legally binding version is the original French news release. Sartorius Stedim Biotech's profile Sartorius Stedim Biotech is a leading international biopharmaceutical industry partner. As a complete solutions provider, the business helps its clients produce biotech medications in a safe, timely, and cost-effective manner. Sartorius Stedim Biotech, headquartered in Aubagne, France, is listed on the Eurolist of Euronext Paris. Sartorius Stedim Biotech has a worldwide reach thanks to its production and R&D facilities in Europe, North America, Asia, and an international network of sales companies. The Group's yearly growth rate has been in the double digits on average, and it has constantly been extending its portfolio via acquisitions of related technology. In 2020, the business had about 7,500 employees and a sales revenue of 1,910 million euros.

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INDUSTRIAL IMPACT

Legend Biotech Announces Extension of PDUFA Date for Cilta-Cel

Cilta-cel | November 01, 2021

Legend Biotech Corporation (Legend Biotech), a global, clinical-stage biotechnology company developing and manufacturing novel therapies, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) target date for ciltacabtagene autoleucel (cilta-cel) to February 28, 2022. Cilta-cel is a BCMA-directed chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) therapy being investigated for the treatment of adults with relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma. The Biologics License Application (BLA) was submitted by Legend Biotech’s collaboration partner Janssen Biotech, Inc. “We are working closely with Janssen and the FDA to facilitate an efficient and thorough review of the BLA for cilta-cel,Financial Officer at Legend Biotech.We remain confident that cilta-cel has shown great promise in patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma, and we are focused on making this therapy available to them in the US as soon as possible.” Ying Huang, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Chief The FDA notified Janssen on October 28, 2021 of the extension of the PDUFA date to allow sufficient time to review information recently submitted pertaining to an updated analytical method following an FDA information request. Legend and Janssen met with the FDA on November 1. No additional clinical data have been requested. About Cilta-cel Cilta-cel is an investigational chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) therapy, formerly identified as JNJ-4528 in the U.S. and Europe and LCAR-B38M CAR-T cells in China, that is being studied in a comprehensive clinical development program for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma and in earlier lines of treatment. The design consists of a structurally differentiated CAR-T with two BCMA-targeting single domain antibodies. In December 2017, Legend Biotech, Inc. entered into an exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) to develop and commercialize cilta-cel. In December 2020, Legend announced initiation of rolling submission of Biologics License Application to the FDA seeking approval of cilta-cel for the treatment of relapsed and/or refractory multiple Myeloma, which was accepted under Priority Review in May 2021. Cilta-cel was previously granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) granted in the U.S. in December 2019, and Orphan Drug Designation in February 2019. About Multiple Myeloma Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer that starts in the bone marrow and is characterized by an excessive proliferation of plasma cells.1 Although treatment may result in remission, unfortunately, patients will most likely relapse.2 Relapsed myeloma is when the disease has returned after a period of initial, partial or complete remission and does not meet the definition of being refractory.3 Refractory multiple myeloma is when a patient’s disease is non-responsive or progresses within 60 days of their last therapy.4,5 While some patients with multiple myeloma have no symptoms at all, most patients are diagnosed due to symptoms that can include bone problems, low blood counts, calcium elevation, kidney problems or infections.6 Patients who relapse after treatment with standard therapies, including protease inhibitors and immunomodulatory agents, have poor prognoses and few treatment options available.7 About Legend Biotech Legend Biotech is a global, clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to treating, and one day curing, life-threatening diseases. Headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, we are developing advanced cell therapies across a diverse array of technology platforms, including autologous and allogenic chimeric antigen receptor T-cell, T-cell receptor (TCR-T), and natural killer (NK) cell-based immunotherapy. From our three R&D sites around the world, we apply these innovative technologies to pursue the discovery of safe, efficacious and cutting-edge therapeutics for patients worldwide. We are currently engaged in a strategic collaboration to develop and commercialize our lead product candidate, ciltacabtagene autoleucel, an investigational BCMA-targeted CAR-T cell therapy for patients living with multiple myeloma. Applications seeking approval of cilta-cel for the treatment of patients with RRMM are currently under regulatory review by several health authorities around the world, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects, as well as any other statements regarding matters that are not historical facts, constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the timing and outcome of regulatory reviews relating to cilta-cel, including the BLA being reviewed by the FDA. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors. 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Skye Bioscience Establishes New Cannabinoid Pharmaceutical Innovation Program

Skye Bioscience, Inc. | October 13, 2021

Skye Bioscience, Inc. (“Skye” or the “Company”), a biopharmaceutical company developing proprietary, synthetic cannabinoid-derived molecules to treat glaucoma and other diseases with significant unmet need, has formed a new exclusive sponsored research agreement with Emerald Health Biotechnology Espana SLU (“EHBE”), focused on developing and characterizing novel molecules that can affect the endocannabinoid system (ECS) for therapeutic benefit. The research initiative, referred to as the Cannabinoid Pharmaceutical Innovation Program (CPIP), will focus on targeting important signaling pathways in the endocannabinoid system to realize therapeutically beneficial effects. The CPIP reflects the company’s continued commitment to expand its leadership in cannabinoid-based science and cutting-edge research that can be commercialized through new and existing technologies. It leverages R&D initiatives with key opinion leaders with specialized research centers in the US and internationally, such as the University of Mississippi, University of Cordoba, and University of Eastern Piedmont. This agreement deepens the commitment of Drs. Munoz and Appendino, who will be the principal investigators and continue to lead Skye’s scientific advisory board. The CPIP is driven by the focus on investing in key value-creating pillars for the Company - ophthalmology applications, clinical development, pipeline expansion and people - to achieve the vision of creating a world-class cannabinoid pharmaceutical company. "As the world comes to appreciate the broad and dynamic role of the endocannabinoid system in humans and animal health, the pharmaceutical potential of cannabinoids to modulate this system is just starting to be understood. While the anecdotal evidence of the health benefits of cannabinoids dates back millenia, modern science has barely scratched the surface to validate the benefits of the ECS in preventing and treating diseases. Skye’s ambition is to play a leading role in effecting important therapeutic outcomes by influencing the endocannabinoid system. We want to continue to make strategic investments that can further bring value to all stakeholders, and our clear focus in this initiative is to achieve novel discoveries that achieve important clinical utility with commercial value. These overarching priorities will guide our strategy, project initiatives, and investments." Punit Dhillon, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of Skye Bioscience Under the terms of the agreement: Skye will approve and fund designated projects and have exclusive rights to all data and products, and any intellectual property resulting from this research collaboration will be owned by Skye Research will be broad and encompass novel molecules that modulate the ECS to treat or prevent human or animal diseases EHBE will receive a single digit royalty on all licensing revenue or other consideration paid to Skye by a third-party licensee, assignee or purchaser related to any product commercialized as part of a Skye Project Skye will pay EHBE a retainer of $200,000 per year. “Having worked with cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system for over 25 years, it is clear that there are tremendous opportunities to discover and create cannabinoid-derived molecules with potential to beneficially interact with the ECS for positive medical outcomes. With the launch of Skye’s new Cannabinoid Pharmaceutical Innovation Program with our research team in Cordoba, Spain, our efforts will focus on preclinical development of CBDVHS, R&D of CB1 modulators involved in pain, inflammatory diseases, neurological diseases, fibrotic diseases and metabolic diseases, and drug discovery relating to modulators of the cannabinoid receptors CB2 and GPR55. We aim to generate a wide portfolio of proprietary products and IP around molecules with commercial potential.” Eduardo Munoz, Managing Director of Emerald Health Biotechnology Espana About Emerald Health Biotechnology Espana SLU Emerald Health Biotechnology España SLU (EHBE) is a preclinical-stage drug development research company focused on new cannabinoid derivatives to treat severe life-threatening conditions and other pathologies. Led by cannabinoid research experts and scientific advisors to Skye, Drs. Eduardo Munoz and Giovanni Appendino, EHBE is a pioneer in developing chemical cannabinoid derivatives that improve the therapeutic properties of the natural compounds. About Skye Bioscience Skye Bioscience Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company unlocking the pharmaceutical potential of cannabinoids through the development of its proprietary, cannabinoid-derived molecules to treat diseases with significant unmet needs. The company’s lead program, THCVHS, is focused on treating glaucoma, a disease with no cure and the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness. For more information, please visit: www.skyebioscience.com

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