Kaneka Eurogentec announced its board has approved the construction of a new state of-the-art GMP facility adjacent to its current facility and equipped with a 2200 L fermenter. The expansion will allow for the large scale production of biopharmaceuticals including recombinant proteins, antibody fragments and plasmid DNA.
The multi-product facility will include the capability for large scale production using innovative Eurogentec technologies such as the improved production of complex proteins by secretion from yeasts and the production of kilo-scale plasmid DNA for viral and non-viral gene and cell therapies. This expansion will be complementary to the current capabilities and together will provide small and industrial scale production. It will offer on a single site to clients on a worldwide basis biologics manufacturing intended to clinical studies and commercialization.
“The rapid growth in cell and gene therapy products is driving the need for large batches of plasmid DNA; our existing pharma and biotech customers have already expressed the need for kilo-scale manufacturing capabilities and we have developed equipment and methods to respond to these needs with the new facility,” Lieven Janssens, Executive Vice President at Kaneka Eurogentec said.
Construction is expected to start in autumn of 2017. The state-of-the-art facility will be equipped for the production and purification of new biomedicines using cost-effective and safe microbial strains and will include the installation of a 2200 L fermenter, harvest and purification equipment for all expression strategies. Additionally, the expansion will result in the hiring of 40 full time scientific staff trained in the production of GMP therapeutic products.