VGXI has entered into a licensing agreement with Nature Technology Corporation to use their HyperGRO™ Fermentation Technology following the successful scale up of two cGMP fermentation runs.
The Woodlands, TX – November 16, 2012 – VGXI, Inc., a leading provider of DNA plasmid contract manufacturing and development services, announced today that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Nature Technology Corporation (NTC) for the use of their HyperGROTM fermentation technology.
According to Dorothy Peterson, Vice President of Operations at VGXI, “We are excited about the opportunity to add NTC’s HyperGROTM fermentation technology as a viable option for clients requiring higher plasmid yields due to trial design and/or low yielding plasmids. We are also excited to now have the ability to offer the option of an antibiotic-free selection vector, especially to European and Asian clients where this type of vector is becoming preferred”.
The agreement is a non-exclusive, royalty bearing, non-sublicensable license to market, sell, and perform the contract research and development and product manufacturing services utilizing NTC’s HyperGROTM fermentation technology including their antibiotic-free selection vector.
In October, VGXI successfully scaled-up and manufactured two large-scale cGMP fermentation runs using NTC’s technology. VGXI was able to achieve plasmid yields of up to 1.8 g/L at a 320L fermentation scale, the largest scale yet using the HyperGROTM technology according to NTC. Results of these two fermentation runs will be presented at the DNA Vaccines meeting in San Diego, California held December 5-7, 2012.
About HyperGRO™ Fermentation Technology
NTC’s HyperGRO™ fermentation process and media are used routinely for production of gene therapy vectors and DNA vaccines. Improvements in fed-batch fermentation resulted in plasmid DNA yields of up to 2.6g/L. This process is also compatible with NTC’s antibiotic-free sucrose plasmid selection system.
About VGXI, Inc.
VGXI Inc. is a leading provider of DNA plasmid 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 client clinical studies in the US and Europe, and its GMP 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 GMP production facility, and experienced development team. The recently announced research and pre-clinical production services extend the range of high-quality, research grade materials utilizing the same efficient service. This rapid turnaround program provides consistent materials to build a reliable pre-clinical dataset.
About Nature Technology
Nature Technology Corporation is a biotechnology company that provides industry partners with world class technology platforms, including safe and efficacious non-viral vectors (plasmids) and processes for gene therapy and DNA vaccination vector production. NTC also provides cost effective outsourcing of product development services including synthetic gene design, vector construction, plasmid DNA manufacturing and recombinant proteins. For information, visit www.natx.com
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