Lonza to acquire Massachusetts exosomes manufacturing facility

Published: 3-Nov-2021

The company will also establish a long-term collaboration with the facility's previous owner, Codiak Biosciences

Lonza, a manufacturing partner to the pharmaceutical industry, has announced its acquisition of an exosome manufacturing facility located in Massachusetts from Codiak BioSciences, a clinical-stage developer of exosome-based therapeutics.

The company will retain its pipeline of therapeutic candidates as well as its exosome engineering and drug-loading technologies. Through the deal, Codiak will receive approximately $65m of cGMP manufacturing services, while Lonza will gain worldwide access and sub-licensable rights to the company's perfusion-based cGMP process for exosome manufacturing.

The companies will establish a facility for the development of exosome manufacturing technologies. The site is aimed to leverage the strengths of both companies to advance developments in exosome production, purification and analytics while providing Lonza's customers exosome assay and process development, analytics and manufacturing services.

Alberto Santagostino, SVP, Head of Cell and Gene Technologies at Lonza, said: "We are excited about the collaboration we have established with Codiak BioSciences. Exosomes are emerging as a new modality for advanced therapies and could become the next frontier in biotherapeutics. Our collaboration with Codiak, one of the most advanced companies in this modality, is consistent with our strategy to advance this technology and will drive the advancement of the whole industry. We are committed to providing our capabilities to Codiak, alongside other customers in the exosome space.”

Doug Williams, CEO, Codiak BioSciences, said: “Creating an exosome manufacturing Center of Excellence with Lonza, a leading global contract development manufacturing organisation, accelerates productivity of our manufacturing platform and facilitates realisation of its full potential by leveraging Lonza capabilities. Importantly for Codiak, this collaboration solidifies our capacity for expanded late-stage clinical and eventually commercial manufacturing as we advance our growing clinical pipeline. We are proud Lonza recognised Codiak’s pioneering work in the manufacture of engineered exosomes and look forward to our Center of Excellence helping to set new standards for the field.”

Exosomes are nano-sized membrane vesicles secreted by many cell types, which play a role in cell-to-cell communication. They represent clinically valuable tools for various applications, ranging from early detection, diagnosis, prognosis and targeted treatments. Further development of the exosome platform also has the potential to make cell and gene therapies available and commercially viable for large patient populations, Lonza says.

Codiak has advanced two engineered exosome therapeutic candidates into clinical studies in patients, with an IND filing planned for a third candidate during the fourth quarter of 2021.

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