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Enabling Large-Scale Production of Viral Vectors in the Gibco™ CTS LV-MAX Lentiviral Production System

This webcast features: Jonathan Zmuda, PhD, Director, Cell Biology, Life Science Solutions Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific The Gibco™ Cell Therapy Systems (CTS™) LV-MAX™ Lentiviral Production System enables scalable, high-titer production of lentiviral vectors using HEK293F-derived Gibco™ CTS™ Viral Production Cells adapted for high-density suspension growth in chemically defined, serum-free, and protein-free Gibco™ CTS™ LV-MAX™ Production Medium. Enhanced lentiviral production is enabled through the synergistic interplay of the LV-MAX components (including cells, production medium, supplement, enhancer, and transfection reagent), all of…

Single-Use Technologies: Innovation and Performance

The biotherapeutic market has been rapidly adopting single-use technologies to reduce risk and improve operational efficiencies. For more than 20 years, Thermo Fisher Scientific has pioneered single-use technologies for this industry. Our products have been proven to be robust and scalable from laboratory scale-up to current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) production applications, including single-use bioprocessing equipment, flexible containment, and rigid containment product portfolios. Our webinars will explore data, innovative products, and novel strategies featuring single-use solutions for the bioprocessing market.…

A Smart Path for Novel Biologics

Roche Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED) was faced with a challenge: double the number of projects in process development without significantly increasing headcount. Pawel Linke, a pRED lab automation specialist, tells the story of how the group approached this challenge with a focus on obtaining high quality data through automation and by integrating independent lab systems and devices to streamline their workflow. Implementation of high-throughput process development systems requires an orchestrated approach of both hardware and software solutions, so…

Embedding Your Drug Strategy Within a Solid Foundation for Success

Demand for drugs and therapeutics is growing thanks to the globalization of pharmaceutical-based medicine. Manufacturing new drugs and getting them to market faster, more economically and safely demands development strategies and business models that support successful outcomes for both investors and patients. Outsourcing has become an increasingly attractive business model for pharma as companies seek partners who can deliver comprehensive end-to-end drug substance and drug product development. It has prompted contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) to consolidate and expand to create…

Efficient and Rapid Purification of E. coli Expressed Toxin Recombinant Protein Fragments

This webcast features: Andrew Lees, PhD, Founder and Scientific Director, Fina Biosolutions, LLC Tetanus toxoid (TT) is frequently used as a carrier protein for conjugate vaccines. TT contains strong T cell epitopes. They are toxoided protein and are not a uniform product because of specific toxoiding and purification processes. TT tends to aggregate with age and is not affordable to produce in quantities for research and early clinical work. TT heavy chain fragment C (rTTHc) is the C terminal fragment…

Manufacture of CRISPR RNPs for Clinical Use

Shawn Shafer, PhD, genome editing platform lead, Aldevron Shafer spoke about manufacturing ribonucleoproteins (RNPs) for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) for clinical applications. CRISPR RNP consists of a guide RNA (sgRNA) complex with the CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9). The Cas9 protein is complexed with the guide RNA as it associates with the genomic DNA. Once the guide RNA is aligned with the complementary genomic DNA sequence, the catalytic nucleus domains cleave the genomic DNA, creating a double-stranded break…

Technology Integrators in Cell and Gene Therapy: Powering Innovation

Julien Meissonnier, vice president and chief scientific officer, Catalent Meissonnier shared information about the expanded role of contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs) in cell and gene therapies (CGTs). Catalent entered the gene therapy space in 2019 through acquisition of Paragon BioServices, adding expertise in adenoassociated viruses (AAVs) and viral vector manufacturing. Cell therapy capabilities were acquired early in 2020 through acquisition of MaSTherCell, with the goal of providing end-to-end integrated solutions to CGT customers. In addition to expertise in…

Development of an Advanced Gene Therapy Platform

Steve Pincus, PhD, head of science and innovation, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies (FDB) is a contract development manufacturing organization (CDMO) with four sites in the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the United States (Research Triangle Park, NC, and College Station, TX). The sites in Denmark, the United Kingdom, and North Carolina specialize in proteins and monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) with capabilities up to 20,000 L. The Texas site works primarily on virus-based therapies and was founded by Texas A&M University…

Meeting Regulatory Requirements for Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacturing

Karen Magers, head of regulatory affairs, cell and gene technologies; and Rajesh Thangapazham, head of regulatory strategy, cell and gene technologies, Lonza Pharma and Biotech Magers began with an overview of the complex regulations and guidance applicable to makers of cell and gene therapies. A slide illustrated the development timeline of such therapies and their associated regulations and guidance documents. That framework continues to evolve through revision of documents and guidelines as more information is gained about the technologies and…

Accelerating Clinical Development and Commericalization with a Lentiviral Vector Platform Manufacturing Process for Cell Therapy

Kevin Beck, senior manager, Miltenyi Biotec Beck’s presentation highlighted developments within Miltenyi subsidiary Lentigen Technology, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that specializes in lentivirus (LV)-vectored cell therapy products. Lentigen’s original facility in Gaithersburg, MD, occupies 40,000 ft2 and features two ISO 7–compliant cleanrooms for lentivirus vector platform production, both of which comply with EU and US good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidelines. The company manufactures 80 lots/year but plans to boost manufacturing by launching a similarly equipped site in…