Wyeth kicks off CMO agreement with Crucell

By Anna Lewcock

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Biotechnology, Vaccine

Crucell yesterday announced it had received the first orders from
US-headquartered Wyeth Biotech. The order represents the first move
following the finalisation of the contract manufacturing agreement
between the two companies at the end of 2005.

The agreement is for the formulation and filing of a meningitis vaccine, but Crucell remained tight-lipped regarding the volume of this and any further orders. The vaccine will be supplied from Crucell's Swiss subsidiary, Berna Biotech, which the company acquired earlier this year. The CMO agreement is expected to have the first business impact for Crucell in 2007. Wyeth Biotech is based in South County Dublin, and is Wyeth's latest investment in Ireland. The biopharmaceutical campus is one of the largest in the world, and having cost the company €1.8bn to establish is also the only facility in Europe to manufacture biopharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals and vaccines within the same facility. The company currently manufactures three products at the site, Enbrel (etanercept) for the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis, Prevnar (Pneumococcal 7-valent Conjugate Vaccine) for the prevention of serious pneumococcal diseases in young children, and Tygacil (tigecycline IV) a new alternative to current IV antibiotics. Netherlands-based Crucell is a biotechnology company focusing on the research, development and marketing of vaccines and antibodies to prevent and treat infectious diseases. Last month the company acquired Swedish specialist vaccine firm SBL Vaccin in a deal worth €39.4m, less than two months after also acquiring Florida-based Berna Products Corp, which gave them full control of the company's oral typhoid vaccine. Crucell's core portfolio includes vaccines against hepatitis B, five childhood diseases, influenza, and a variety of travel vaccines including the market's only aluminium-free hepatitis A vaccine.

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

Transforming Clinical Development

Transforming Clinical Development

PerkinElmer | 01-May-2021 | Technical / White Paper

The estimated cost of bringing a drug to market in the U.S. according to JAMA is $1 billion.1 The extreme cost of clinical trials urge biopharmaceutical,...

Q&A: Effective Drug Product Process Development

Q&A: Effective Drug Product Process Development

Catalent Pharma Solutions | 14-Jan-2021 | Insight Guide

In this Q&A, a Catalent Biologics expert shares his expertise with drug product process development challenges, risks and how to mitigate them, the...

Why Blister Packaging: Things to Consider

Why Blister Packaging: Things to Consider

Catalent Pharma Solutions | 03-Dec-2020 | Insight Guide

The decision to use blister packaging for either clinical trials or commercial drug manufacturing comes with a host of factors to consider. Pharmaceutical...

Related suppliers

Follow us

Products

View more

Webinars