Aldevron recently hosted a webinar through Endpoints news titled: Plasmid DNA Insights: Expanded Focus on CMC in Gene and Cell Therapy Development.
Arsalan Arif, the publisher and founder of Endpoints News moderated the well-balanced, industry expert guest panel featuring Dr. Anthony Davis, Chief Executive of Dark Horse Consulting, Ken Bonnell, SVP of Quality and Regulatory at Aldevron; Biswarup Dasgupta, Director of Quality Assurance at Sarepta; and Frank Bonnelly, Director of Supply Chain at Encoded.
Our inaugural presentation for the Breakthrough Speaker Series is Dr. Laurence Cooper, on behalf of ZioPharm Oncology, presenting "DNA Plasmids for the Genetic Engineering of Clinical-Grade T cells".
Speed, control and comparable results: these are among the foremost needs of contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs) and our clients when it comes to plasmid DNA that will be used to support cell and gene therapy at a research, clinical and commercial level. As an early adopter of rapid sterility testing, Aldevron delivers on all three.
Plasmid DNA purification has come a long way since Herbert Boyer and Stanley N. Cohen's experiments in the early 1970s. Molecular biology is now dominated by the various ways recombinant DNA and RNA can be manipulated, and purification techniques have evolved to meet this demand. In sharp contrast to the complicated, labor-intensive efforts that were needed in previous decades to extract even a small amount of DNA, there are now numerous easy-to-use DIY kits available that enable researchers to obtain the DNA they need.
At the turn of the century, viral manufacturers were facing major headwinds, and the sector was in a rut. Part of the problem was the inability to get enough clinical grade DNA, quickly enough, at the right price point for them to be able to progress through clinical trials.
Plasmids are essential for the development of viral vectors used to manufacture novel gene therapies and viral vaccines. Aldevron is supporting the innovation of drug developers in this space by providing standardized royalty-free, bulk AAV helper and lentiviral packaging plasmids for research and GMP production.
James Brown, Ph.D., Presenting "Standardized Plasmids for Viral Vector Production" Tech Talk at American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy Annual Meeting
Representatives from Aldevron will attend the 22nd Annual Meeting for the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT), April 29 - May 2, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
When we talk about One Health, just what do we mean? On its own, the phrase can be interpreted to mean many things, but for what we do in the biotechnology field, it encompasses human and animal health and disease, along with related environmental and epidemiological components. Essentially, it defines how people and animals interact with, and within, our shared environments, especially in reference to health and developing treatments for diseases.
Demand for CMO fermentation capacity has exploded in the past couple of years, and it’s become very important that we find new ways to meet industry demand. That’s a big reason we’re seeing single-use fermentation (SUF) technology as an accelerating trend in the industry, especially for us at Aldevron.