CELL AND GENE THERAPY, INDUSTRIAL IMPACT
GenScript ProBio | February 24, 2023
GenScript ProBio, a renowned Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), has recently entered a strategic partnership agreement with RVAC Medicines Pte. Ltd., a biotech company specializing in the development and commercialization of mRNA vaccines and therapeutics. The collaboration is aimed at manufacturing GMP-grade plasmid DNA (pDNA) for the RVM-V001 mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate, as well as supporting future therapeutic pipelines.
GenScript ProBio will offer GMP plasmid manufacturing service for RVAC Medicines' program, RVM-V001. By collaborating with GenScript ProBio, RVAC Medicines will be able to accelerate the clinical manufacturing of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines, as well as future mRNA-based vaccines designed to target other infectious diseases such as Clostriodioides difficile infection (CDI) and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
As RVAC proceeds with the development of its mRNA candidates, GenScript ProBio continues to offer high-quality GMP materials crucial to the objective, including plasmid DNA and the development of ancillary materials to support mRNA manufacturing processes. GenScript ProBio also provides consultative and expert guidance regarding regulatory and quality expectations of agencies worldwide.
RVAC Medicines and GenScript ProBio will continue collaborating to support mRNA initiatives for both clinical and commercial stage development.
Dr. Brian Min, CEO of GenScript ProBio said, "We are delighted to enter into this strategic partnership with RVAC Medicines. This collaboration will enable us to utilize our cutting-edge GMP plasmid manufacturing platform technology to support the development of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine and its therapeutic candidates."
(Source – PR Newswire)
About GenScript ProBio
GenScript ProBio is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) that provides end-to-end drug discovery and commercialization services. The company's services are designed to accelerate drug development for its clients in various areas, including CGT, vaccines, biologics discovery, and antibody protein drugs. GenScript ProBio has a global presence, with subsidiaries in the Netherlands, the United States, South Korea, and China. Since October 2017, the company has helped clients in different regions, such as the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific, to obtain over 40 IND approvals. Its goal is to drive innovation and speed up the biologics development process from target to market.
Magenta Therapeutics | February 03, 2023
On February 2, 2023, Magenta Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotech firm focused on enhancing stem cell transplantation, announced that it has completed a business evaluation, including a review of its programs, resources, and capabilities. Magenta has decided to cease further program development and conduct a complete examination of strategic alternatives aimed at maximizing shareholder value.
Magenta will investigate potential strategic options, including, but not limited to, merger, an acquisition, business combination, or other transaction, as part of this review process. There can be no certainty that this review process will result in Magenta seeking a deal or that any such deal if pursued, will be completed on favorable terms.
Magenta has not established a deadline for completing this review process and intends to speak further only if and when the Board of Directors has approved a clear course of action, the review process is completed, or another disclosure is considered to be appropriate.
About Magenta Therapeutics
Founded in 2016, Magenta Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology firm that develops therapies to help more patients with blood cancers, genetic diseases, and autoimmune diseases benefit from the curative power of stem cell transplant. Magenta is revolutionizing immunological reset for more patients by combining leadership in stem cell biology and biotherapeutics research with clinical and regulatory expertise, a new business model and vast networks in the stem cell transplant community.
MEDTECH, INDUSTRIAL IMPACT
ATUM and Codiak | January 25, 2023
On January 24, 2023, ATUM, a global leader in bioengineering solutions, announced that it has signed a comprehensive licensing agreement with Codiak BioSciences, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, for the Leap-In Transposase® technology.
ATUM will grant Codiak access to its Leap-In Transposase® technology in order to create mammalian cells expressing exosomes engineered to deliver therapeutic payloads under the conditions of the agreement. The Leap-In technology is a comprehensive solution that integrates patented re-coding algorithms, unique genetic vector elements, and a transposon-based mechanism for efficiently inserting genetically stable elements into the genome.
"Through years of rigorous research and clinical validation we have created a platform for engineering and manufacturing therapeutic exosomes with various payloads on the surface or inside the lumen. We believe ATUM's transposase technology has the potential to effectively synergize with Codiak's engEx® Platform to further enhance loading these vesicles, making them more potent and reducing cost of goods," Commented Scott Estes, Ph.D., VP of Cell Line Development at Codiak.
(Source – Business Wire)
"Exosomes are bio vesicles that have the potential to fundamentally change drug delivery. We are proud and excited to license the Leap-In Transposase® technology to Codiak for the engineering of cell lines that enables rapid and robust production of exosomes," said Claes Gustafsson, Ph.D., Chief Commercial Officer and Co-Founder at ATUM.
(Source – Business Wire)
Founded in 2015, Codiak is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical firm focused on developing exosome-based treatments, a new class of medications with the potential to change the treatment of a variety of diseases with high unmet medical needs. It created a proprietary engEx Platform that uses exosome biology as natural intercellular transfer mechanisms to design, construct, and manufacture innovative exosome therapeutic candidates. By utilizing its engEx Platform, it has produced a rich pipeline of engineered exosomes for neuro-oncology, oncology, neurology, neuromuscular, and infectious diseases.