Alliance to improve two complex and critical aspects of drug development and manufacturing

By Liza Laws

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An alliance between KBI Biopharma Inc., and Argonaut Manufacturing Services Inc., has been formed so biopharma clients can receive end-to-end drug substance and drug product manufacturing solutions.

The companies say the arrangement provides the seamless manufacturing by combining KBI’s leading drug development and biologics manufacturing services with Argonaut’s experience in sterile fill-finish.

The alliance reinforces both companies’ commitment to supporting customers in bringing clinical and commercial therapies to patients quickly, safely, and efficiently.

KBI and Argonaut say biopharmaceutical organizations are expected to benefit from this strategic collaboration through accelerated timelines and the scalable manufacturing capacities offered by both organizations.

J.D. Mowery, president and CEO of KBI Biopharma said: “We have always been committed to delivering innovative solutions that accelerate the development and manufacturing of life-saving therapeutics. Our state-of-the-art facilities and world-class team have consistently pushed the boundaries of what is possible in biopharmaceutical development.”

He continued: “Similarly, Argonaut has established itself as a trusted provider in the industry, known for its cutting-edge technologies and exceptional track record in drug product manufacturing. Their commitment to quality and efficiency aligns perfectly with our values and vision. This collaboration represents a new era of collaboration and innovation in the biopharma industry.”

In January 2023, Argonaut announced a capital investment focused on the significant expansion of its Carlsbad, CA manufacturing facilities with increased capacity and scale, and this agreement with KBI furthers its commitment to continual growth.

Wayne Woodard, founder, and CEO of Argonaut said: “We believe this strategic alliance resolves a key issue for biopharmaceutical organizations as it greatly improves the alignment and integration between two complex and critical aspects of drug development and manufacturing. Biopharmaceutical companies will benefit from an integrated solution that is faster, more flexible, and leverages the unique expertise of our two organizations.

“Argonaut’s fill-finish capabilities are scalable from first-in-human clinical material for rare diseases through commercial batches of approved products. With this collaboration, biopharmaceutical organizations can now seamlessly move from development to full-scale manufacturing, saving both time and capital expenditures.”

Argonaut Manufacturing Services is an FDA-registered cGMP contract manufacturing organization (CMO) dedicated to providing custom manufacturing and supply chain solutions for biopharmaceutical and diagnostic companies.

Aseptic drug fill/finish features state-of-the-art automated equipment for high-yield filling of sterile injectable drugs including biologics, peptides, small molecules, and vaccines.

KBI Biopharma, Inc., is a JSR Life Sciences company, together with its affiliates, is a global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) providing fully integrated, accelerated drug development and biologics manufacturing services and expertise to life science companies.

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