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Want investment and innovation? Call yourself a ‘biopharma’ firm

With consistent year-on-year growth of around 12%, biopharma is the ‘favored child’ of the drug industry, says BioPlan Associates’ Eric Langer. At the first BIOLive event at CPhI Worldwide in Madrid this week, Eric Langer, president and managing partner at BioPlan Associates, told delegates innovation and sales revenue have driven the divide between the biopharma (large molecule) and the traditional small molecule pharma industries. “Today’s market is around $250 billion in biopharma sales, and this is still an emerging market…

Bayer restructures factor VIII manufacturing, cuts 17% of jobs at Cali site

Bayer will axe 227 jobs at its Berkeley, California site as it looks to restructure its recombinant factor VIII manufacturing network. The news comes weeks after its hemophilia treatment Jivi received US approval. Recombinant factor VIII protein (rFVIII) is used for the treatment of hemophilia A and employs genetically modified cells in its production. Bayer’s plant in Berkeley, California, is responsible for producing all three of its rFVIII therapies, including Jivi, a pegylated, long‐acting plasma/albumin free, full‐length rFVIII. The product…

Novartis buys 9% stake in Chinese Kymriah manufacturing partner

Novartis has paid $40 million for a 9% stake in Cellular Biomedicine Group (CBMG), a Shanghai-based firm which will manufacture CAR-T cell therapy Kymriah for the China market. Under terms of the deal, CBMG will take responsibility for the manufacture of the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) from its facility in Shanghai, China, on behalf of Novartis entity Beijing Novartis Pharma for supply in China. “Aligned with our global supply and regulatory strategy, Novartis actively has been…

Hey Praesto: Purolite opens Protein A plant, opens up resin market

Purolite says its 100,000 L facility will give biomanufacturers the “only credible alternative” for the supply of agarose Protein A resin. The firm claims its chromatography resins can reduce costs by up to 70% compared to the market leading product. This week, Purolite Life Sciences cut the ribbon at a manufacturing facility in Llantrisant Business Park, Wales capable of producing 100,000L of its Praesto range of agarose Protein A affinity resins. Supported by a Welsh government grant, the facility is…

Celltrion ‘wrapping up’ 50,000L expansion in Korea; eyes third plant

Celltrion says an additional 50,000 L of bioreactor capacity will come online next year. Meanwhile, the Korean drugmaker is “undecided” on the location of a third biomanufacturing facility. A capacity expansion at Celltrion is close to completion, doubling the size of the firm’s first facility at its site in Songdo, Incheon, South Korea. “Celltrion is currently wrapping up steps to add 50,000 liters of expanded capacity to its first plant based in Incheon,” spokesperson Heewon Park told BioProcess Insider. Presently,…

UK orders smallpox vaccine in response to monkeypox occurrences

Bavarian Nordic has supplied volumes of its smallpox vaccine for personnel involved in the treatment of two UK patients diagnosed with monkeypox. At the time of going to press, two patients have been diagnosed with the potentially fatal but rare disease monkeypox in the United Kingdom. Both are believed to have contracted the disease in Nigeria, where there has recently been a monkeypox outbreak. While there is no specific treatment or vaccine for the viral zoonotic disease, Public Health England…

Prefab sprouts in China as BeiGene selects GE for MAb facility

Much of Asia lacks traditional biomanufacturing infrastructure according to GE Healthcare, which says prefabricated facilities like its KUBio platform can support the rapid biologics growth in the region. BeiGene Ltd inked a deal with GE Healthcare in 2015 to install the bioprocessing vendor’s FlexFactory platform at its clinical monoclonal antibody facility in Suzhou, China. Three years on and the Chinese biotech firm has chosen GE Healthcare’s prefabricated biomanufacturing facility offering KUBio for commercial production of cancer MAbs at a site…

Eli Lilly on M&A: Balancing the science with the shareholders

Many early-phase acquisitions do not make sense for shareholders despite having promising assets, says Lilly’s CFO Joshua Smiley. About a third of Lilly’s pipeline comes from M&A. Speaking to attendees at the Morgan Stanley Healthcare Conference Broker Conference Call this month, Eli Lilly CFO Joshua Smiley said his firm is “interested in doing early stage clinical deals where we see compelling scientific rationale in our key therapeutic areas and that we can upgrade our pipeline.” But deals also need to…

Biocad teams with SPH to build Chinese biomanufacturing plant

Russian drugmaker Biocad and Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding (SPH) have formed two joint ventures to develop and make originator and biosimilar antibodies in China. At the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the two companies, establishing two joint ventures aimed at developing and manufacturing several monoclonal antibodies intended for the Chinese market. “The project itself is focused on four molecules and two original products,” Biocad spokesperson Irina Kenyukhova told BioProcess Insider. “Due to the fact…

Sanofi prepped for production after EU Nanobody success

Ten weeks after acquiring Ablynx, Sanofi has received European approval for lead Nanobody-based drug Cablivi (caplacizumab). In June this year, Sanofi acquired Belgian biotech Ablynx for €3.9 billion ($3.5 billion), adding the firm’s pipeline of biotherapeutics based on the small-sized antibody, or Nanobody, technology. Now the French biopharma firm is set to commercialize lead product caplacizumab (anti-vWF Nanobody) in Europe under the brand name Cablivi after the European Commission granted it marketing authorization for the treatment of rare blood-clotting disorder…