RESEARCH, PHARMA TECH
Biocytogen | March 09, 2023
On March 8, 2023, Biocytogen Pharmaceuticals (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (Biocytogen) announced a non-exclusive license agreement with Janssen Biotech, Inc., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). The deal was facilitated by Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC.
Under the agreement, Janssen and its affiliates have been granted a global, non-exclusive license to utilize Biocytogen's RenLite® platform and its underlying intellectual property to research, discover, develop, manufacture and commercialize fully human antibody therapeutics, as well as other biological therapeutics, for unlimited drug targets and indications.
RenLite® is a part of Biocytogen's RenMiceTM family of completely human antibodies. RenLite® mice can produce fully human antibody candidates with high affinity, specificity, variety, and druggability, as well as a common light chain for further assembly of multispecific and bispecific antibodies with minimal mismatch and high success rate. In addition, the multispecific and bispecific antibodies assembled following the discovery of RenLite® feature a conventional antibody structure and good physiochemical characteristics that are beneficial for downstream CMC development.
Biocytogen is a leading biotech company that offers comprehensive solutions to the global biomedical community for developing next-generation antibody drugs. It has created a streamlined platform for efficient antibody drug discovery and validation using advanced gene editing technology and modern animal facilities. This includes animal model creation, therapeutic antibody discovery through their RenMab™ mice, and preclinical validation studies in vivo and in vitro. Biocytogen partners with over 70% of the leading biotech and pharmaceutical companies worldwide to develop innovative medicines for a healthier world. The company is a leading figure in the field of biomedical research, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in this critical area of study.
PRNewswire | May 17, 2023
Sony Corporation and Astellas Pharma Inc. announced that they have entered into a collaborative research agreement to discover a novel Antibody-Drug Conjugate (ADC) platform in oncology based on Sony's unique polymeric material, "KIRAVIA™*2 Backbone." ADC is expected to selectively deliver anti-cancer drugs to target cells, thereby increasing efficacy and reducing side effects caused by anti-cancer drugs attacking normal cells. The technology to create linkers which conjugates antibodies and drugs, is considered to be a key to development of a better-performing ADC. This collaborative research leverages the flexibility in design and resulting properties such as high capacity and solubility of KIRAVIA Backbone as a linker of ADC, to effectively deliver anti-cancer drugs to targeted cells in a stable manner, aiming to further enhance therapeutic efficacy by achieving high Drug-to-Antibody Ratio (DAR) etc.
The two companies jointly began exploratory research of new linker technology aimed at creating a new ADC platform in July 2022, and the expected profile was obtained in feasibility studies using human cancer cells. Under this agreement, Sony and Astellas will jointly develop and optimize a new ADC platform using the KIRAVIA Backbone as a linker. In addition, Astellas will conduct non-clinical trials of development candidates. Furthermore, in order to build a drug discovery platform not limited to ADC, the two companies have agreed to continue discussions on expanding research partnerships to create new value by combining Sony's cutting-edge technology with Astellas' renowned pharmaceutical capabilities.
"Sony's life science business has accumulated substantial knowledge in the field of cell analysis," said Katsunori Ogawa, Head of Life Science & Technology Business Unit at Sony Corporation. "Through this collaboration, Sony is striving to contribute to the medical and drug discovery fields and provide further social value by leveraging Sony's technological capabilities in the development of anti-cancer drugs therapy, which are expected to grow."
"We are pleased to enter into a joint research agreement with Sony," said Yoshitsugu Shitaka, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer (CScO), Astellas Pharma Inc. "Astellas is working to create innovative drugs from a multifaceted perspective called the Focus Area approach*4, which identifies combinations of biology, therapeutic modality or technology and diseases with high unmet medical needs. The partnership will further strengthen our ability to utilize suitable modalities. It is our expectation that the collaboration will lead to the continuous creation of innovative drugs for patients around the world."
ADC is a modality that combines an antibody and a small molecule such as an anti-cancer drug via a linker. It is expected to selectively deliver anti-cancer drugs to target cells, thereby reducing side effects caused by anti-cancer drugs attacking normal cells.
KIRAVIA™ and KIRAVIA Dyes™ are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Group Inc. or its affiliates.
KIRAVIA Backbone is created using the organic polymer technology cultivated in KIRAVIA Dyes™, which Sony independently developed and licensed to reagent manufacturers. It features a high degree of freedom in design, as the three-dimensional structure is programmed and polymerized using an automatic synthesizer. While increasing the number of drugs to be added and cleaving by reacting with intracellular enzymes. Synthesis of linkers with functional properties and selective drug release is expected.
Astellas Pharma Inc.is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are promoting the Focus Area Approach that is designed to identify opportunities for the continuous creation of new drugs to address diseases with high unmet medical needs by focusing on Biology and Modality. Furthermore, we are also looking beyond our foundational Rx focus to create Rx+® healthcare solutions that combine our expertise and knowledge with cutting-edge technology in different fields of external partners. Through these efforts, Astellas stands on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into VALUE for patients.
BUSINESS INSIGHTS, PHARMACY MARKET
Globenewswire | April 06, 2023
Societal CDMO, Inc. a contract development and manufacturing organization announced that it has been selected by Longboard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to provide CDMO services. The agreement spans a range of Societal CDMO’s offerings including technology transfer and analytical method validation activities to support Longboard’s lead asset, LP352, a 5-HT2C receptor superagonist. LP352 is currently being evaluated in the PACIFIC Study, a Phase 1b/2a basket trial, in participants with developmental and epileptic encephalopathies or DEEs, such as Dravet syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, tuberous sclerosis complex, CDKL5 deficiency disorder, SCN2A-related disorders, among others.
“This agreement with Longboard offers an excellent illustration of the strides that Societal CDMO continues to make in establishing itself as a preferred CDMO partner for biopharmaceutical companies developing innovative therapeutic candidates. The scope of work for this project highlights the broad range of services we offer to support drug developers as they advance their innovative candidates through clinical development, spanning tech transfer through to cGMP manufacturing,” said David Enloe, chief executive officer of Societal CDMO. “We are grateful for the trust that Longboard has placed in our team to make a contribution to the development of an important therapeutic that has the potential to meaningfully impact the lives of patients in need. At the end of the day, that is the mission that drives all members of the Societal CDMO team.”
About Societal CDMO
Societal CDMO is a bi-coastal contract development and manufacturing organization with capabilities spanning pre-Investigational New Drug (IND) development to commercial manufacturing and packaging for a wide range of therapeutic dosage forms with a primary focus in the area of small molecules. With an expertise in solving complex manufacturing problems, Societal CDMO is a leading CDMO providing therapeutic development, end-to-end regulatory support, clinical and commercial manufacturing, aseptic fill/finish, lyophilization, packaging and logistics services to the global pharmaceutical market.
In addition to our experience in handling DEA controlled substances and developing and manufacturing modified-release dosage forms, Societal CDMO has the expertise to deliver on our clients’ pharmaceutical development and manufacturing projects, regardless of complexity level. We do all of this in our best-in-class facilities, which total 145,000 square feet, in Gainesville, Georgia and San Diego, California.