Cobra BioManufacturing Enters into Manufacturing Agreement to Produce SARS Protein in CHO Cells

Published: Mar 04, 2008

Keele, UK: Cobra Biomanufacturing Plc (AIM: CBF), the international manufacturer of biopharmaceuticals, today announces that it has entered into a manufacturing development agreement with an undisclosed pharmaceutical company to produce a protein from the SARS virus in CHO (Chinese Hamster Ovary) cells under cGMP.

Cobra has earned a global reputation for the manufacture of therapeutic proteins and vaccines for clinical trials, including Phase III and pre-market material, at its cGMP manufacturing facilities in Keele and Oxford, UK.

Simon Saxby, Cobra Biomanufacturing’s Chief Operating Officer said: “We are delighted to work with the company, which is one of the top global players on the biopharmaceutical market. This agreement will leverage Cobra’s significant expertise in manufacturing recombinant proteins in compliance with worldwide cGMP requirements.”

The pharmaceutical company will carry out the upstream manufacturing of the SARS protein and ship media containing the protein of interest to Cobra. Cobra will perform the downstream work to isolate and purify the protein at its Oxford facility. The SARS protein will be used in Phase I clinical trials.

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