CMC Biologics to manufacture mAbs for Malaria Vaccine Initiative

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CMC Biologics to manufacture mAbs for Malaria Vaccine Initiative

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) has selected CMC Biologics for process development and manufacture of specific monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) to test for their capacity to protect humans from malaria infection.

Under the agreement, CMC Biologics will develop a CHEF1 production cell line and process for manufacture of MVI's monoclonal antibody, targeting circumsporozoite protein (CSP), for use by MVI in clinical research to study protection from P. falciparum​ infection.  

"We chose CMC Biologics as our CMO partner for their sophisticated technical capabilities, successful track record in the industry, and speed of antibody development and production​," said Ashley Birkett, Director, MVI. 

Process development will be conducted at CMC’s Bothell, Washington facility and transferred to its Berkeley, California facility for GMP manufacturing. Depending on the initiative’s success, the study may lead to the evaluation of additional mAbs targeting different epitopes. 

"By utilizing CMC Biologics' 2.012 accelerated monoclonal antibody development solution, we will help MVI achieve its mission to accelerate the development of promising malaria vaccines, for much needed use in the developing world​," said Gustavo Mahler, Global Chief Operations Officer, CMC Biologics.   "We will deliver cGMP material for MVI's preclinical and phase I/II clinical studies in a remarkable 12 months – the fastest development timeline in the industry from DNA to delivery​."

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