BIO Europe 2015
November 2-4th, 2015
International Congress Center Munich (ICM)
On June 18th, 2015 VGXI celebrated the opening of the Advanced Biopharmaceuticals International Center of Support (ABICS) at their facility in The Woodlands, TX. View the video below.
In response to the recent MERS outbreak, the Texas-based clinical manufacturing organization, VGXI has rapidly mobilized in collaboration with the Korean company GeneOne Life sciences to expedite production and Phase I clinical testing of a DNA based MERS vaccine. Link to the recent press release. As a key player in the international effort to develop the vaccine, the leadership of these companies realized a need to support more opportunities for these kinds of collaborative efforts.
On Thursday, June 18th delegates of the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE) and leadership for the Korea Biotechnology Industry Organization (KoreaBIO) visited Houston, TX. Recognizing this unique opportunity, VGXI helped to facilitate a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between KoreaBIO and the respective Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute (THBI) with the intention to promote increased business connections and relationships between the Texas and Korean biotechnology communities.
Following the signing of the historic MOU, attendees visited the VGXI facility to celebrate the opening of the Advanced Biopharmaceuticals International Center of Support (ABICS). This center will serve as a primary point of contact supporting communications and facilitating interactions for Korean companies seeking business partnerships in the state of Texas.
For more information, contact:
Christy Franco, PhD
Business Development Manager
VGXI supports expedited development and scale-up of multiple vaccine candidates to treat Ebola through a DARPA funded collaboration. Click the image below to view the video.
US Congressman Kevin Brady visited the VGXI manufacturing facility in The Woodlands, TX on May 4th, 2015 to tour the production plant and provide a statement on the impact of this work and the DNA-based therapeutics being produced at VGXI. Leadership from Inovio Pharmaceuticals and GeneOne Life Sciences were also present to provide a brief overview of the collaboration and the scope of the DARPA funded project.
How these therapies are different from other Ebola vaccines in development:
- The vaccine contains DNA only – no virus particles or proteins will be manufactured
- The vaccine can be used to treat to patients who have already been exposed to the virus
- DNA vaccine production can be scaled-up very rapidly in case of an outbreak
Full details of the DARPA funding and development of new treatments for Ebola can be found in the following press release:
Inovio Pharmaceuticals Selected by DARPA to Lead a $45 Million Program to Expedite Development of Novel Products to Prevent and Treat Disease Caused by Ebola
Positive clinical data has been published for a cystic fibrosis gene therapy clinical trial supported by the cGMP plasmid DNA manufacturing services of the Texas-based CMO, VGXI.
Recently, the United Kingdom Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium (UKCFGTC) published the first clinical data from a Phase IIb, multi-dose clinical trial for cystic fibrosis. In this trial, patients received aerosolized DNA plasmid expressing Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Receptor (CFTR) product, manufactured at the VGXI cGMP production facility. This trial is the first to show that gene therapy can have a meaningful effect on the disease and benefit the lung function of patients with cystic fibrosis.
“One hundred and thirty-six patients aged 12 and above received monthly, inhaled doses of the gene therapy or a placebo for 1 year,” said Professor Deborah Gill, from Oxford University. “The results are encouraging and are expected to lead to a further study to asses higher, more frequent doses.”
VGXI is pleased to have provided over 10 years of continued support for the UKCFGTC’s translational program.
“We are delighted that the UKCFGTC has continued to trust in VGXI’s manufacturing capabilities,” said Mr. Young Park, President and CEO of VGXI. “The entire VGXI team is committed to providing the highest quality DNA products and services, and it is rewarding to see these products make a meaningful impact on patients’ quality of life.”
Since 2005, VGXI and the UKCFGTC have entered into several, multi-year supply agreements for production of the CFTR plasmid product to support the pre-clinical, product development, and clinical programs of the consortium. As part of this partnership, the highly experienced scientific staff at VGXI has enabled significant improvement in production yields through a combination of plasmid re-design and optimization of the fermentation and recovery process. As the clinical program advances toward later stage trials and commercial availability, VGXI looks forward to providing continued, large-scale manufacturing support.
About VGXI, Inc.
With over 15 years of experience, VGXI Inc. is a leading provider of plasmid DNA manufacturing and development services for DNA vaccine and gene therapy research. The company has an outstanding track record of success in manufacturing plasmid products under GMP conditions for clinical trials in the US, EU, Asia and Australia, and its cGMP and non-GMP products have passed rigorous reviews by several international regulatory agencies. VGXI’s ability to work with unique requirements and create custom manufacturing solutions is based on its patented manufacturing process, flexible cGMP production facility, and experienced development team. VGXI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GeneOne Life Science, Inc. (KRX:011000)
About UK Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium
For further information on the work of the UKCFGTC, please visit www.cfgenetherapy.org.uk
For the full text publication and clinical data, please visit www.TheLancet.com
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Christy Franco, PhD
Business Development Manager