Catalent Biologics collaborates with PATH malaria vaccine initiative

Companies aim to create antibodies for malaria vaccine research and development using Catalent GPEx cell line technology

Catalent Pharma Solutions, the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, has signed an agreement with PATH, an international non-profit organisation and a leader in global health innovation, to advance a project funded by its Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI).

Under the agreement, Catalent Biologics will employ its proprietary GPEx cell line technology, coupled with a state-of-the-art ambr workstation, which mimics the characteristics of classical bioreactors at micro-scale, to develop and optimise the process for expression, and manufacture antibodies under cGMP conditions at its state-of-the-art Madison (WI, USA) facility, for further investigation by MVI and its partners.

“Catalent has significant experience partnering with companies for the successful development of antibodies for innovative applications,” commented Mike Riley, Vice President and General Manager of Catalent Biologics. “PATH is a leader in the field, working with partners to pioneer vaccine development approaches that could ultimately contribute to malaria elimination efforts. We are excited to be able to apply our technology and expertise to advance this important programme.”

PATH’s MVI is working to accelerate the development of malaria vaccines and to ensure access where they are needed most across the globe. Through innovative partnerships such as this, PATH helps drive the development of better malaria vaccines. Through these strategic partnerships, MVI maintains a portfolio of candidates, both preclinical and early clinical, and at least one advanced clinical project.

Catalent’s proprietary GPEx technology creates stable, high-yielding mammalian cell lines with high speed and efficiency. The advantages of applying GPEx technology span from early feasibility studies, to clinical manufacturing, through to commercial scale production.

To date, seven GPEx-based antibody and protein products are approved and marketed, and 34 therapeutic candidates are currently in the clinic across the world.