Plasmid DNA Manufacturer VGXI, Inc. Breaks Ground for New Conroe-based Manufacturing Facility.
The Woodlands, TX – VGXI, a highly regarded CDMO supporting the gene therapy and DNA vaccine industries, held a groundbreaking ceremony on November 10, 2020 for its new greenfield manufacturing facility. The milestone event was hosted by VGXI in accordance with CDC COVID-19 guidelines, with attendance limited to select members of the company’s executive and leadership teams, along with representatives from the City of Conroe and other key project members and collaborators. Dignitaries in attendance included U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, Consul General Myngsoo Ahn of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Houston, and City of Conroe Mayor Pro Tem Duke Coon.
“Today represents a major milestone in VGXI’s mission-driven commitment to revolutionize the global pharmaceutical community by providing the highest quality DNA products and services,” shared VGXI CEO Young Park. “This bold new frontier in medicinal therapy holds endless possibilities for patient treatment. VGXI is extremely proud of all this day represents for the company and the future of DNA immunotherapy and similar gene-based therapies.”
The initial phase of the project will quintuple the company’s current production capacity. Located in Deison Technology Park in Conroe, TX, the new headquarters will have two levels providing much needed space for laboratories, purification, filling, packaging, warehousing, and process support. It will also provide measurable office and conference space with associated amenities to accommodate VGXI’s recent and future growth.
Multiple manufacturing trains and production suites will be incorporated into this initial phase of construction with flexibility provided to support a wide range of biopharma projects from early clinical trials through commercial supply production. The facility will also include micro-processing suites for small-scale projects and dedicated suites to support cGMP DNA- and RNA-based biopharmaceutical manufacturing at all phases of development.
“Long hours have been invested by the entire project team over the past 9 months to get us to this milestone,” stated VGXI Chief Operating Officer Dorothy Peterson. “I am grateful for the commitment and responsiveness of our many key project team members; for their willingness and flexibility to accommodate the smallest of details during the design phase to ensure this new facility will be both innovative and fully optimized.”
BE&K Building Group is the design-builder of record, in partnership with architectural partner Hanbury and engineering partner Hipp Engineering & Consulting.
“BE&K Building Group is proud to be partnering with VGXI and our team members to produce this state-of-the-art facility,” said BE&K Building Group President and CEO Frank Holley. “Never before has the need for revolutionary therapies and vaccines been greater. As a design-builder, BE&K is honored that we can contribute in a meaningful way to the long-term health of our global community.”
Substantial completion of the new facility is targeted for the fourth quarter of 2021 with the initial phase of the facility expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2022.
ABOUT VGXI, INC.
VGXI, Inc. has nearly 20 years of experience and is a leading provider of plasmid DNA manufacturing and development services. The company has a reputation of success in manufacturing DNA products under cGMP conditions for clinical trials in the US, EU, Asia, Canada, 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, Inc. is a GeneOne company.
ABOUT GENEONE LIFE SCIENCE
GeneOne Life Science Inc. (“GeneOne” KOSPI: 011000) headquartered in Seoul, South Korea is an international biotechnology company and a leading contract manufacturer of DNA plasmids for use in vaccines, gene therapies, and cell therapies. GeneOne has recently expanded into the manufacture and development of mRNA. GeneOne has maintained a focus on vaccines against emerging infectious diseases to address global needs, including in resource challenged regions. Its small molecule portfolio of immunomodulators address diseases such as prevention of upper respiratory bacterial and viral diseases, and treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. GeneOne has three products against COVID-19 in clinical development: GLS-5310 DNA vaccine (Phase I/IIa), GLS-1200 nasal spray to prevent COVID-19 infection (Phase II), and GLS-1027 to prevent the inflammation and clinical worsening for those infected with COVID-19 (Phase II).
VGXI, Inc., a GeneOne company located in The Woodlands, Texas, is the global leading CDMO for cGMP DNA plasmid manufacture.
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ABOUT BE&K BUILDING GROUP
BE&K Building Group is an integrated construction services company serving pharmaceutical + biotechnology, advanced manufacturing + distribution, healthcare, and additional select commercial markets for more than 50 years. The company provides services nationwide through its operations in Houston, Chicago, and the Carolinas. A full range of services is offered including design-build, construction management, preconstruction, and client advisory/consulting. Additional information is available at https://bekbg.com.
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