Author Archives: Dan Stanton

Astrea buys filtration firm ELS and hints at more acquisitions

Astrea Bioseparations has acquired Essential Life Solutions (ELS) adding a chromatography column portfolio and operations in the US. The deal, financial details of which have not been divulged, closed last week bringing Astrea the SNAP brand of chromatography column products for research and small-scale purification of biological products. “SNAP columns are high precision, glass columns used with HPLC/FPLC systems for development of purification processes and lab scale chromatography,” Astrea told this publication. The range will complement Astrea’s bioprocess offering, which…

Maravai invests further $20m in CDMO biz on back of rising mRNA interest

Maravai LifeSciences has increased investment in its CDMO business TriLink BioTechnologies to $60 million as mRNA, CRISPR and advanced therapies drive demand. Maravai LifeSciences acquired the contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) TriLink in 2016, adding messenger RNA (mRNA), oligonucleotide and plasmid production capabilities for companies focused on therapeutic, vaccine and diagnostic development. Last year, Maravai announced it was expanding TriLink, leasing a new facility in the Sorrento Valley area of San Diego and relocating its current Good Manufacturing Practice…

Cryoport strikes second acquisition in a week with $320m MVE buy

The addition of cryogenic freezer systems firm MVE Biological Solutions will boost Cryoport’s position in the temperature-controlled cell and gene therapy logistics space. Cryoport, a temperature-controlled supply chain services firm for the life sciences, has agree to buy MVE Biological Systems for $320 million with the deal expected to close by the end of the year. MVE is a subsidiary of Chart Industries and will bring Cryoport a greater presence in the cell and gene therapy services space, broadening its…

Samsung Bioepis: Govs and biopharma must work on post-COVID supply chain security

With biopharma operations still affected by coronavirus, governments and industry must look ahead to ensure the security of manufacturing resources and supply chain structures, says Samsung Bioepis. Like other companies, 2020 has been a challenge for Samsung Bioepis with the global coronavirus pandemic laying waste to ‘normal’ business procedures and supply chain management. “We’ve supplied more than 18 million units of product worldwide since 2016 without experiencing any supply shortages in providing our products to customers and patients,” Kevin Jack,…

AstraZeneca ups Catalent contract for viral vector COVID-19 vaccine

Already contracted for fill/finish of the so-called Oxford Vaccine, CDMO Catalent will now make the drug substance for the potential COVID-19 prophylactic from its site in Maryland. AZD1222 – previously known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 – is one of the leading vaccines against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19. Developed by the Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group at the University of Oxford, Anglo-Swedish Big Pharma firm AstraZeneca partnered on the project in April and the candidate is currently in…

Cold play: Cryoport buying temperature-controlled logistics firm CRYOPDP

The €49 million ($58 million) deal ups Cryoport’s logistics services, filling out its global offering to support cell and gene therapies as well as other life science functions. French logistics firm CRYOPDP has over 220 employees in 22 global facilities across 12 countries, supporting the life sciences industry through temperature-controlled logistics products and services. The all-cash €49 million transaction, expected to complete in the next two months, will see the firm incorporated into Cryoport, expanding the firm’s global footprint and…

CDMO deals and investments from AGC, Avid, and Fujifilm

New deals inked by AGC Biologics, Avid Bioservices, and Therapure, while Fujifilm breaks ground in Texas. Welcome to Friday’s CDMO round-up. AGC Biologics has been contracted by Japan’s Ono Pharmaceutical for the manufacture of clinical materials. Details are scant but the agreement marks the latest deal announced by the contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) in recent months. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, AGC has been named as one of the manufacturers of Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate NVX-CoV2373; recently said…

Charles River boosts cell therapy offering with $38m Cellero buy

The addition of cellular product supplier Cellero will complement last year’s acquisition of HemaCare says Charles River Laboratories. In December 2019, contract research organization (CRO) Charles River Laboratories expanded its services into the cell therapy space through the $380 million acquisition of HemaCare. The deal brought Charles River human primary cells as well as a core offering of leukapheresis – the separation of white cells from blood samples. Fresh from the purchase, Charles River said it was eyeing up further…

Passage: ‘Dedicated gene therapy suite gives us supply chain control’

Manufacturing of GM1 gene therapy candidate PBGM01 from a dedicated suite at CDMO Catalent will begin by the end of the of the year, says Passage Bio. In July 2019, Passage Bio announced it had contracted Paragon Bioservices – fresh from its $1.2 billion acquisition by Catalent – to build a dedicated suite at its Harmans, Maryland facility to produce its AAV-delivered gene therapies for its monogenic central nervous system diseases; specifically GM1 gangliosidosis. GM1 is a rare monogenic recessive…

Samsung Bio plans ‘P4 Super Plant’ on back of COVID, bulging orders and capacity constraints

A fourth plant at its site in Incheon, South Korea will bring Samsung Biologics a total of 620,000 liters of biomanufacturing capacity – approximately 30% of the total global biologics CMO capacity The contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) announced plans for what it calls the “P4 Super Plant” this week, explaining it plans to break ground at the site in Songdo within a year. Samsung Biologics said the decision was prompted by increasing demand for “COVID-19 treatments as well…