Nate Spangler, Ph.D., Director of Innovation & Strategy at Aldevron discusses the challenges of manufacturing mRNA under the increased demand and helpful strategies to solve them.
Nate was interviewed by Michael Dunnet for TIDES TV.
Justin Byers, Client Relations Senior Manager, GMP Custom Protein Services at Aldevron discusses important considerations for achieving GMP quality protein manufacturing for advanced therapeutics and vaccines.
He was interviewed by Michael Dunnet for TIDES TV.
Aldevron has offered off-the-shelf GMP protein products since 2017, but our customers are often surprised to discover that we can also manufacture custom GMP proteins.
Every year, an estimated 300,000 children are born globally with a severe form of sickle cell disease. This is a genetic disease that causes red blood cells to be a sickle shape, leading to episodes of pain and anaemia, along with the potential of stroke or kidney damage.
The team at Aldevron is excited to virtually celebrate our recent expansion in Madison and share the great progress we’re making and opportunities ahead in the world of gene therapy.
When we talk about the use of CRISPR-Cas9 technology, it’s usually in the context of developing treatments for human diseases. But there’s another aspect to the technology that has potential to have just as much impact on our lives: its use in the genetic modification of food crops.
At the University of Wisconsin - Madison, one focus of our group is understanding and optimizing CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing for therapeutic and disease modeling applications. To conduct our research, we need reliable, consistent and highly efficient Cas9 protein.
Model system for Cas9 gene editing
To perform targeted gene editing, the Cas9 protein, which cuts the genome, and a guide RNA (gRNA) that encodes where in the genome to cut, need to be complexed together into a ribonuclear protein (RNP) complex and transfected to cells to reach the nucleus. Once the DNA is cut, imprecise DNA repair may cause disruption at the cut site, which can result in knock out of a gene.
CRISPR/Cas9 is a vital part of our research at the University of Minnesota and the Cas9 recombinant protein, used at high concentration, has allowed for highly efficient modification of T-cells.
By introducing a Cas9 nuclease guide RNA complex (RNP), we target a specific spot in the genome, where the nuclease cuts the DNA. The DNA break is repaired in one of two ways: homologous recombination, which is high-fidelity, or non-homologous endjoining (NHEJ), which is more error-prone.
"Biomanufacturing" and "efficiency" are two terms that are not commonly seen together, but researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering Department along with protein manufacturing experts here at Aldevron are taking big steps to change that.
The application of Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) theory to biological processes is a unique initiative whose goal of reducing lead times for manufacturing operations is the core focus of the UW and Aldevron partnership.