Billingham, UK/Morrisville, NC, USA: 18th June 2012 - Fujifilm Diosynth
Biotechnologies has announced it is further increasing its contract process
development and manufacturing capabilities through the expansion of its services in
mammalian cell line development/process development, and the addition of a new
multi-product cGMP facility at its Billingham, UK site.
The first phase has seen development of the company’s cell line and
process/analytical development facilities, including addition of the latest high
throughput technologies to enable rapid transition of biologics from discovery to clinic.
This is supported by a significant increase of the Mammalian Development Group to
create a dedicated expert pool of scientists for both new technology development
and delivery of customer programmes.
Work has also commenced on a state-of-the-art cGMP Cell Bank and 1000L
biologics manufacturing facility on the Billingham site. This facility will be based upon
single-use technology for both upstream and downstream operations, offering flexible,
integrated solutions and speed to clinic.
Steve Bagshaw, Managing Director, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK business,
said “This expansion will build upon our leadership position in microbial-based
biopharmaceuticals, reinforcing Fujifilm’s commitment to lead the global Biologics
CMO industry through continuous innovation and implementation of new technologies. This European facility, together with our new cell line development and expanded process development capability, complements our USA operation and will provide our customers with a full life-cycle offering, from gene to GMP, for pre-clinical
studies, early phase to mid-phase clinical production and beyond”.
This latest development is the next step of the company’s strategy to grow CMO
services in Europe and the USA based on both microbial and mammalian cell culture.
The company announced the addition of a 1,000L single-use bioreactor at its
Research Triangle Park, NC, USA facility in May 2011, supplementing its existing
2,000L stainless steel train at the cGMP manufacturing plant.
The new Cell Bank manufacturing facility in Billingham will be available from Q2,
2013 and the mammalian cell culture biologics manufacturing facility is expected to
be validated and fully operational in the second half of 2013.
About Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited is an industry leading biologics
Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization. Fujifilm Diosynth
Biotechnologies has extensive experience in the development and manufacturing of
recombinant proteins, vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, among other large molecules
expressed in a wide array of microbial, mammalian, and insect systems. The
company offers a comprehensive list of services from cell line development, including
its proprietary pAVEway™ system to process development, analytical development,
clinical and commercial manufacturing. Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies is also
located in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA as FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
U.S.A., Inc. Both sites have been FDA-approved for the production of commercial
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