30 Jan 2014, BioSpectrum Bureau , BioSpectrum
Singapore: Sanofi and US-based Transgene have launched the construction phase of the manufacturing platform dedicated to the production of viral vectors, such as Transgene's MUC1 targeted cancer immunotherapy, TG4010.
In March 2013, the companies announced a long-term collaboration agreement to build the unit, which is to be constructed on the Genzyme Polyclonals site in Lyon, an important French biopharmaceutical cluster.
Mr Philippe Luscan, executive VP, industrial affairs, Sanofi, said, "We are very pleased to partner with Transgene, an innovative French Biopharmaceutical company developing new drugs which might be a breakthrough in the treatment of life threatening diseases. This state-of-the art industrial platform will be dedicated to production of viral vectors through a broad range of technologies including mammalian cell culture up to 1m3 using single use bioreactors, combining the excellence of Genzyme, Sanofi-pasteur, and Transgene in Lyon area. Sanofi will bring to Transgene its know-how in bioproduction and experience to launch biologics. It reflects the core elements required in improving global health, innovation & partnership."
Mr Philippe Archinard, chairman and CEO, Transgene, said, "We are very pleased to be moving forward with the construction phase of this important new commercial production unit. Our decision to invest now reflects the increasing confidence in our programs, including our cancer immunotherapy candidate, TG4010, for which we recently announced topline preliminary data from a clinical study in non-small cell lung cancer. We are building a strong future for Transgene and are taking the steps needed to ensure sufficient future commercial supply."
Mr Archinard continued, "Sanofi is an ideal partner with extensive experience in effectively managing large production projects and manufacturing novel therapies in commercial quantities."
Sanofi, through its Genzyme Polyclonals site for the manufacturing and the CEPIA organization (Commercial and External Partnership Industrial Affairs) for all commercial aspects, will act as Transgene's contract manufacturing organization (CMO) and Transgene will be considered as a preferred customer of the platform through 2028.