Aldevron News: Protein

In the News: Aldevron Expands Manufacturing Capabilities in Madison

On February 10, Aldevron hosted a virtual celebration of its lab facility expansion in Madison.
 
Aldevron produces the raw materials that allow clients to make groundbreaking therapies, and its protein business unit has operated within University Research Park since 2009. The facility’s growth from 8,000 to nearly 30,000 square feet includes a new 3,500-square-foot fermentation suite and will allow the company to expand its projects’ scope and scale.
 
Read the full article from University of Wisconsin-Madison   here.
 
Additionally, Tom Foti, President of Aldevron's Protein Business Unit provided a virtual tour, which you can view below!
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Advancing Direct Enzyme Delivery for Therapeutic Genome Editing In Vivo

Genome editing enzymes such as Cas9 have been successfully employed to target different genetic disorders in model systems, and ex vivo approaches have demonstrated the clinical potential of this technology. However, the challenge of delivering such corrective enzymes in vivo represents a substantial barrier to therapeutic translation.  

Viral vectors—refined during their use in traditional gene therapy—represent the most widely-used delivery platform in preclinical work, and nanoparticles are quickly maturing into a comparably powerful vehicle. Direct delivery of pre-formed CRISPR enzymes has recently emerged as an appealing strategy for enabling therapeutic editing in vivo.  

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In the news: Pharma's Almanac - CRISPR RNPs and the Future of Cell and Gene Therapy

As clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) therapies progress to the clinic, the key CRISPR editing components are primarily being delivered by recombinant virus, RNA, or as ribonucleoprotein (RNP), which is the active complex formed by the guide RNA and Cas9 protein. RNPs have several attractive properties as a delivery format, particularly in the manufacturing of ex vivo cellular therapies, the most rapidly growing segment of the CRISPR therapeutics market.

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Webinar Highlights Potential of Researcher-CMO Collaboration in Gene Editing Therapy

As a Project Scientist for the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Mark DeWitt has developed a phase 1 GMP-compatible protocol for correcting diseases that cause gene mutations using a CRISPR-Cas9 modular, non-viral gene editing platform. His specific research focuses on a treatment for sickle cell anemia that is more accessible and less costly than a bone marrow transplant—currently, the only way to address the disease. 

Over the past year, DeWitt has partnered with Aldevron and Synthego, industry leaders in CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases and gRNA manufacturing, respectively.

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Aldevron Releases GMP-Grade SpyFi™ Cas9 Nuclease

Product is the result of a partnership with Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc., and provides clinical stage clients with a critical raw material 

Aldevron is announcing the release of GMP SpyFi Cas9 Nuclease for clinical and commercial applications. SpyFi Cas9 Nuclease, the trade name for Aldevron’s research grade and GMP products, is the direct result of a partnership with Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc. (IDT). The advantages of SpyFi Cas9 Nuclease include reduced off-target effects combined with clinically relevant on-target activity.

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Aldevron to Provide New GMP Cas9 Nuclease Through Agreement with Integrated DNA Technologies

Aldevron and Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc. (IDT), a supplier of custom nucleic acid and genome editing products, have announced a license agreement whereby Aldevron will manufacture and distribute a S. pyogenes Cas9 variant—known as SpyFiTM Cas9 Nuclease—which is patented by IDT. The product will be manufactured for research, clinical, and commercial use.  

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