ZHENJIANG, China, Dec. 20, 2019 -- The CDMO segment of the world's leading biotech company GenScript announced that GenScript's plasmid and virus facility was put into operation on December 18, 2019. It is a milestone on the path to industrialization of the cell and gene therapy industry, pioneered by GenScript. GenScript's plasmid and virus facility is going to be China's largest plasmid and virus facility that meets the needs in clinical stage.
The virus facility that put into use in Zhenjiang has been built in strict compliance with GMP and is completely used for the manufacturing of viral vectors in cell and gene therapy products. The facility has capability to manufacture viral vectors for clinical phase I/II. As the facility was designed and constructed by the team from an international professional pharmaceutical company, the facility features first-class design and capacity in the industry.
At this event, Dr. Brian Min, CEO of GenScript BDBU delivered a speech. Dr. Brian said, "Cancer treatments have been evolving nowadays. With the rapid development of life sciences and medicine, cell and gene therapy (CGT) technology has been one of the areas most concerned in recent years. GenScript has made remarkable achievements in CGT. In response to expedited industrialization of the CGT market, with 17 years of CRO experience, GenScript has engaged BDBU in biologics CDMO and developed and innovated in our CGT vector platform, helping CGT customers address vector production challenges during product development. Supported by powerful manufacturing teams, advanced technology, and rich experience, GenScript has consistently offered customized services to customers and practiced the individualized management model. GenScript is able to help customers effectively diversify risks, lower costs and shorten the production cycle, promoting the industrialization of CGT products. With experience in more than 10 IND programs and more than 50 batches of pilot scale production, GenScript will continue to provide customers with optimum services. GenScript is expected to contribute to the development of the CGT industry."
The guests visited GenScript plasmid and virus facility. The total facility area is about 5000m2, and is currently the largest plasmid and virus facility in China. Both plasmid facility and virus facility are equipped with 4 parallel production lines, which allows more than 20 process development projects to be conducted in the whole year. The team leaders from GenScript Cell and Gene Therapy Vector Platform have more than 10 years of experience in vector manufacturing, and the platform is currently working on over 10 IND projects. The overall design, layout and quality management system of the facility are established in strict compliance with GMP. The GMP virus facility put into production this time can provide customers with clinical viral vectors manufacturing services and help to accelerate the conversion of the projects from preclinical research to clinic.
GenScript will also provide commercial manufacturing of plasmid and virus in the near future. The ground-breaking of the commercial manufacturing was held in April 2019 and will be officially put into production in the first quarter of 2021. By then, GenScript will become the first CDMO in China to have a commercial manufacturing center for cell and gene therapy vectors, providing customers with a one-stop solution from clinical to commercial services, thereby accelerating the IND application of gene cell therapy products and promoting development of industrialization of cell and gene therapy.
GenScript Biotech Corporation(Stock Code: 1548.HK) is a global biotechnology group. GenScript's businesses encompass four major categories based on its leading gene synthesis technology, including operation as a Life Science CRO, enzyme and synthetic biology products, biologics development and manufacturing, as well as cell therapy.
Founded in 2002 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2015, GenScript has an established global presence across Greater China, North America, the EU, and Asia Pacific. Today, over 300,000 customers from over 160 countries and regions around the world have used GenScript's premier, convenient, and reliable products and services.
GenScript currently has more than 3000 employees globally, 33% of whom hold master's and/or Ph.D. degrees. In addition, GenScript has a number of leading commercial technologies developed in the fields of synthetic biology, immunotherapy, antibody design, chemical synthesis and bioinformatics, including more than 70 patents and over 200 patent applications. As of January 2019, GenScript's products and services have been cited by 36,500 scientific papers worldwide.
GenScript is committed to striving towards its vision of being the most reliable biotech company in the world to make humans and nature healthier through biotechnology.
SOURCE GenScript Biotech Corporation