Samsung Biologics adding mRNA capabilities at Korean facility

The CDMO will add mRNA manufacturing capabilities to its Songdo plant by the first half of 2022.  

Through adding messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine drug substance production capability to its Songdo facility, Samsung Biologics will be able to provide end-to-end mRNA services.  

The contract development manufacturing organization (CDMO) has not disclosed any financial details¬†and¬†a spokeswoman for Samsung Biologics told¬†BioProcess¬†Insider¬†“It would be rather difficult for us to disclose the equipment, skills and‚ÄĮfinancials‚ÄĮas the technology’s‚ÄĮvery‚ÄĮnew and‚ÄĮsuch information is directly related our competitiveness.‚Ä̬†¬†

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She continued:¬†‚ÄúWhat we can say on our hiring stance is that‚ÄĮwe continue to monitor market trends to review not just mRNA facility but various modality expansions¬†as well as hiring needs from‚ÄĮmany angles.”‚ÄĮ¬†

According to the firm, the additional capabilities are part of the company‚Äôs long-term strategy to become a ‚Äúfully integrated global biopharmaceutical company [‚Ķ] beyond its current business focused on monoclonal antibodies (mAb).‚Ä̬†

mRNA has been a popular choice of technology for various COVID-19 vaccines, including Pfizer/BioNTech, CureVac, and Moderna.  

From the third quarter, Samsung Biologics will carry out aseptic fill/finish, labeling, and packaging services to support the production of hundreds of millions of doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for the supply of markets outside the US. 

However, the firm said the drug substance expansion is not related to this deal:¬†‚ÄúSamsung Biologics’ mRNA DS capacity build was already planned as part of their growth¬†plan, and¬†is not taking place to serve Moderna.‚Ä̬†¬†

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