Taipei, Taiwan and Nivelles, Belgium – 14 July 2022 – TFBS Bioscience Inc., the leading GMP viral vector contract development and manufacturing organization in the Asia-Pacific region providing the first viral vector manufacturing in Taiwan, is announcing a partnership with Univercells Technologies, a leading provider of novel biomanufacturing technologies for flexible and scalable viral production. TFBS will leverage the scale-X™ carbo mid-scale fixed-bed bioreactor from Univercells Technologies for good manufacturing practice (GMP) viral vector operations at the expanding state-of-the-art Taipei facility.
TFBS manufactures viral vectors, including Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV), Lentivirus (LV), Adenovirus (Adv), Retrovirus (RV), and custom vectors for research/preclinical or clinical studies (GMP-compliant, up to phase II) use. The team is currently working to deliver a one stop service approach, building comprehensive QC testing for viral vectors and related biological safety testing services into the onsite offer at the expanding Taipei facility. And construction is soon to be underway for the addition of a new GMP-grade manufacturing facility for viral vectors expected to be online in 2024.
“The era of cell and gene therapy is moving rapidly here in APAC, and we are happy to add the scale-X carbo bioreactor to our toolbox of enabling technologies. The ability to support existing processes with simplified process transfer and scale-up from traditional flatware or packed-bed bioreactors, or to start with new process design is critical.” said CEO of TFBS, Thomas Yuan. “This is the only technology offering a mid-scale solution for GMP production, allowing customers to reach clinical stages with reduced time and costs, while achieving high productivity to keep programs on track. This technology will be available from August 2022 onwards.”
“The Taiwanese life sciences market is continuing to grow, taking 2.4% of a $414B market in 2022i. We are honored to partner with a CDMO like TFBS Biosciences to support continued advancement of affordable and accessible biologics production in the region, and globally,” said Mathias Garny, CEO of Univercells Technologies. “Our full scale-X bioreactor portfolio is built on the tenets of intensification and integration, which will be critical to continuing to enable both internal and outsourced manufacturers as this market evolves.”
The full scale-X bioreactor portfolio includes the hydro for small-scale benchtop and research applications; carbo for process development, clinical and scalable commercial phases, which will be leveraged in this partnership; and the nitro for large-scale commercial production. The teams from TFBS Biosciences, Inc. and Univercells Technologies will be onsite at the upcoming BIO Taiwan Exhibition from 27th to 30th July 2022 with a scale-X carbo on showcase in booth R212.
Contact Univercells Technologies at https://www.univercellstech.com/contact/ to set up a meeting or stop by Level Biotechnology (Distributor) booth R212 to see the exhibition display.
About TFBS Biosciences, Inc.
TFBS Bioscience is the original viral vector contract manufacturing and development organization (CDMO) headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. Launched in 2016 with deep academic routes in viral-associated research at the Development Center of Biotechnology (DCB) in Taiwan, TFBS continues to hone a one-stop-shop approach for customers via a technology, service, and capacity offer from research to GMP commercial scale that is unmatched in the Asia-Pacific region. Customers have access to the most cutting-edge support for Adenovirus (AV), Adeno-associated Virus (AAV), Lentivirus (LV), Retrovirus (RV), and custom vector development; cell line characterization and banking; plasmid manufacturing and comprehensive analytics and testing services all at one point of contact. The TFBS business model is built for transparency, offering continuous communication, flexible scheduling, and the right technologies to get global client products from research to clinic to the wider market as quickly and safely as possible every time.
Website: TFBS Biosciences
About Univercells Technologies
Univercells Technologies is a global provider of innovative biomanufacturing technologies to achieve cost-effective viral production from R&D to commercial scales. The company offers a comprehensive technology portfolio leveraging the strengths of process intensification and chaining as a direct answer to the growing demand of viral vectors and viral vaccines. Univercells Technologies is committed to helping customers increase performance with minimized footprint and costs today, while anticipating the needs of tomorrow.
Building upon years of expertise and capitalizing on technology vetted by world leaders, Univercells Technologies was incorporated in Belgium in 2020 following its carve-out from Univercells with the support of the Univercells Group and Gamma Biosciences.
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