BioPharm News

Jul 10, 2009
BioPharm International
By BioPharm International Editors
Protalix BioTherapeutics (Carmiel, Israel) said the US Food and Drug Administration has asked the company to consider submitting a treatment protocol for the use of prGCD, the company's development drug for patients with Gaucher disease, to address an expected shortage of Genzyme's Cerezyme. Genzyme recently halted production of Cerezyme to sanitize its plant in Allston Landing, MA, because of virus contamination of a bioreactor.
Jul 10, 2009
BioPharm International
By BioPharm International Editors
The newly formed Rx-360 consortium, an international consortium developed by members of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries aimed at improving global supply chain security, had an impressive turnout of over 125 people at its launch meeting in Washington, DC, on June 5. The objective of the launch meeting was to increase awareness, solicit membership, and pressure-test shared audit models.
Jul 10, 2009
BioPharm International
By BioPharm International Editors
These are dismal times for anyone wishing to start a biotech company. The US economy and stock market are in the tank, and venture capital is tight. At least 100 of the publicly traded biotechs this year will fail or be taken over. So why would a entrepreneur want to further disadvantage himself by locating his company miles away from traditional biotech hubs like San Diego, Boston, and Rockville?
Jul 10, 2009
BioPharm International
By BioPharm International Editors
Vetter Pharma International (Ravensburg, Germany), a provider of aseptically pre-filled injection systems, has completed the installation of six automatic packaging lines at Vetter Secondary Packaging (VSP), the company's new packaging services facility.
Jul 10, 2009
BioPharm International
By BioPharm International Editors
Netherlands-based biopharmaceutical company OctoPlus N.V. has started pharmaceutical production in its new manufacturing facility in Leiden. The facility has received a license from the Dutch authorities to manufacture pharmaceutical products according to international good manufacturing practice (GMP) guidelines.
Jul 10, 2009
BioPharm International
By BioPharm International Editors
Prolor Biotech, Inc. (Nes-Ziona, Israel), formerly Modigene, Inc., has been issued two new patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office for the company's long-acting CTP-enhanced human growth hormone (hGH-CTP) and human erythropoietin (EPO-CTP). The patents cover the composition of Prolor's proprietary pharmaceutical compounds and certain associated methods.
Jul 09, 2009
BioPharm International
By BioPharm International Editors
Biogen Idec (Cambridge, MA) and Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (Hawthorne, NY) have entered into an exclusive collaboration and license agreement to develop and commercialize Fampridine-SR, a multiple sclerosis (MS) therapy, in markets outside the United States. Fampridine-SR is a novel, oral sustained-release compound being developed to improve walking ability in people with MS. The companies also have entered into a related supply agreement. The transaction represents a sublicensing of an existing license agreement between Acorda and Elan Pharma International Limited, a subsidiary of Elan Corporation plc (Dublin, Ireland).
Jul 09, 2009
BioPharm International
By BioPharm International Editors
Crucell N.V. (Leiden, the Netherlands) is acquiring a FlexFactory bioproduction line and multiple XDR single-use bioreactors from Xcellerex, Inc. (Marlborough, MA) to expand the capacity and flexibility of its manufacturing capabilities. The project will deliver validated clinical manufacturing capacity at Crucell?s operations during the first quarter of 2010, enabling Crucell to commence production years faster than with conventional technologies.
Jul 09, 2009
BioPharm International
By BioPharm International Editors
Although mammalian cell culture is the standard production platform for recombinant protein products and monoclonal antibodies, its adoption for influenza vaccine production has been slow, and all currently approved seasonal influenza vaccines are still produced in eggs. The current outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu, however, has renewed and accelerated interest in applying cell culture to influenza vaccine production.
Jul 09, 2009
BioPharm International
By BioPharm International Editors
Novavax (Rockville, MD) has entered into an initial agreement to license its virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine technology to Madrid-based ROVI Pharmaceuticals. Under a 60-million euro program sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Health and other government agencies, ROVI will use the VLP technology to create a comprehensive influenza vaccine solution for the Spanish government, including an in-border vaccine manufacturing facility.
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