Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation And SAFC Create Strategic Partnership To Provide Gene Therapy Manufacturing Services
6/24/2014 8:47:05 AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. and CARLSBAD, Calif., June 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq:AGTC), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based gene therapies for the treatment of rare eye diseases, and SAFC Commercial (SAFC), the Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (Nasdaq:SIAL) business unit that manufactures specialty chemicals and biologics for commercial life science applications, today announced that they signed an agreement to have SAFC provide gene therapy manufacturing services to companies developing gene-based therapies. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will co-market AGTC's proprietary HAVE manufacturing method with SAFC's cGMP manufacturing capabilities. AGTC will assist clients in engineering AAV-based vectors and the associated helper viruses for HAVE-based manufacturing activities. SAFC will manufacture AAV vectors with the HAVE system to either support initial research or in accordance with cGMP requirements to support clinical trial development and eventual commercial production. Through this partnership, clients will also have access to bio-manufacturing testing services from BioReliance, SAFC's biologics and early-development services business.
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