Avid Bioservices has signed two new contract manufacturing service agreements to support the development of novel drug candidates. The agreements include the addition of one the world’s top ten pharmaceutical companies by revenue to Avid’s growing list of customers, as well as the expansion of the relationship with one of the company’s existing biotechnology customers.
Under terms of the first agreement, Avid will provide process transfer and clinical manufacturing services to the large pharmaceutical company to support development of a novel therapeutic candidate. Avid and its client will immediately commence process transfer of cell line and bench scale information for the program, followed by initiation of 2000 liter CGMP clinical manufacture of the compound.
Additionally, Avid has signed a new agreement with an existing biotechnology customer to provide process development and clinical manufacturing services to support development of a novel drug candidate. This represents the fourth separate compound for which Avid has been awarded the contract manufacturing business by this existing biotechnology client. This project will commence immediately with process development activities which will support the initiation of 200 liter CGMP clinical manufacture of the compound.
“These two new manufacturing contracts represent key business development successes which serve to maintain the momentum we have established at Avid toward our dual goals of revenue growth and customer base diversification. Importantly, we have established a high-value relationship with one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, while continuing the expansion of one of our key existing client relationships,” said Rick Hancock, interim president and chief executive officer of Avid. “Taken together, the signing of these agreements highlights the ability of Avid to leverage our CDMO expertise and track record of success to meet the varying needs of drug developers of all types and sizes. We are pleased to be trusted with the responsibility of delivering exceptional contract manufacturing services to these clients and look forward to long, productive relationships with both companies.”