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FairJourney Biologics enters next-generation antibody discovery collaboration with argenx

• Collaboration to leverage IONTAS proprietary mammalian display technology • Differentiated antibody candidates that emerge from collaboration may advance into argenx immunology pipeline

Guest Blog|Could our immune system be why COVID-19 is so deadly?

Respiratory viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 often catalyse an overactive immune response that leads to a life-threatening cycle, known as a cytokine storm. Analysing cytokine responses from patients has unearthed glaringly important differences in how SARS-CoV-2 affects cytokines compared to other common respiratory viruses.

IONTAS identifies novel SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibodies

• Potent antibodies shown to retain binding to major COVID-19-causing “South African” variant • IONTAS now seeking development partners

WuXi AppTec Completes Acquisition of OXGENE to Further Strengthen Cell and Gene Therapy Service Offerings for Global Customers

WuXi AppTec, a leading global provider of R&D- and manufacturing-enabling services in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of OXGENE, a pioneering United Kingdom-based contract research and development organization that designs and develops scalable gene therapy technologies

Hikma and Arecor Expand Collaboration with New Agreement to Develop and Commercialise Ready-To-Administer Medicine

Hikma and Arecor today announce they have entered into a new exclusive agreement to co-develop a ready-to-administer injectable medicine in the US through Hikma’s affiliate, Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. The agreement builds on Hikma and Arecor’s first product co-development agreement, which was announced on 9 January 2020.

Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre network awarded £9.5m further investment

The UK Government grant will support new and existing projects until March 2022. Funding will ensure that the positive impact of the ATTC network continues; further optimising the UK ecosystem for routine adoption of advanced therapies.

Evonetix and Analog Devices Collaborate on Third-Generation DNA Synthesis Platform

EVONETIX LTD (‘Evonetix’), the synthetic biology company developing a desktop platform for scalable, high-fidelity and rapid gene synthesis, today announced a collaboration with leading, global high-performance analog technology company, Analog Devices, Inc. The companies will work together on the advancement and commercial scale-up of Evonetix’s proprietary microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based silicon chips and accelerate the development of Evonetix’s first product, a DNA desktop writer.

Autolus Therapeutics to further expand operations at the CGT Catapult manufacturing centre to enable commercial manufacture of CAR-T cell therapies

Autolus and CGT Catapult are collaborating to achieve approval for commercial manufacture of CAR-T cell therapies from the CGT Catapult manufacturing centre. The collaboration will enable the UK company to expand further and contribute to the global competitiveness of the UK cell and gene therapy industry.

Press Release: Over £100m cash boost to manufacture millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine

- New state-of-the-art centre to scale up COVID-19 vaccine and gene therapy manufacturing gets £100m investment - Additional £4.7m for new training facilities and an online learning platform to boost vaccine as well as cell and gene therapy skills - New centre and skills vital for the UK’s ability respond to diseases like coronavirus, and potential future pandemics

CGT Catapult Annual Review 2020 highlights impact on growth and productivity in the UK cell and gene therapy industry

The 2020 annual report released today presents Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult's achievements, collaborations and initiatives from the past year and their impact in enhancing growth, productivity and supporting the development and commercialisation of cell and gene therapies.