Cell and Gene Therapy Companies Leverage GenScript’s cGMP sgRNA Capability to Accelerate Speed to Market

Dec 15, 2022

By integrating GenScript’s cGMP single-guide RNA services into their R&D workflows, BioHeng and BRL Medicine tap GenScript’s expertise to accelerate their go-to-market pathways for non-viral cell and gene therapies

PISCATAWAY, NJ—December 15, 2022: GenScript USA Inc., the world’s leading life-science service provider, recently expanded its global current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) single-guide RNA (sgRNA) manufacturing capabilities to meet the growing demand for cell and gene therapies. GenScript’s 400,000 square-foot cGMP facility enables next-generation gene and cell therapy R&D programs to advance IND filings and clinical trials.

Caption: GenScript is further expanding cGMP sgRNA production capacity to reduce the wait time for its partners. GenScript's new Zhenjiang, China 400,000 sq. ft. cGMP facility is scheduled to open in 2023.

“We are pleased to partner with these prestigious biotechnology companies in advancing cell therapies for the betterment of those that are sick and in need,” said Michael Lau Ph.D., head of GMP business development at GenScript. “Our goal is to provide, with the fastest turnaround time, high-quality reagents that conform to the regulatory requirements necessary to support regulatory filings, clinical trials, and commercialization of these very important drug therapies.”

One example is Shanghai BRL Medicine, which was recently granted an investigational new drug (IND) application for its BRL-201 in relapsed/refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (r/r B-NHL) by the China Center for Drug Evaluation, National Medical Products Administration (CDE, NMPA).

BRL-201 was developed using Quikin CART®, BRL’s non-viral site-specific integration platform, which can produce CAR-T cell products using one-step, non-viral preparation. Advantages of this approach include: the CAR sequence is precisely inserted into a specific site, avoiding the risk of tumorigenesis caused by random insertion; CAR knock-in and PD1 knock-out can be completed in one step, allowing the continuous expression of CAR and releasing the inhibition of T cell function; and shortened preparation time using a simpler and more cost-effective process.

This is BRL Medicine’s second IND clearance from the CDE in 2022, following just four months behind its first gene therapy product, BRL-101, for transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia.

In addition, using GenScript’s cGMP sgRNA, Nanjing BioHeng Biotech Co. Ltd. (BioHeng) also received CDE approval in March 2022 for its universal UCAR-T drug, CTA101, which targets CD19 and CD22 for the indication of adult recurrent or refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (r/ r B-ALL). Earlier this year, another China-based cell therapy company also utilized GenScript’s cGMP sgRNA capability and received IND clearance for an autologous hematopoietic stem-cell gene-editing therapy.

“We congratulate BRL Medicine and BioHeng on receiving IND approval from the CDE,” said Ray Chen Ph.D., president of GenScript’s Life Sciences Group. “We are encouraged by these partnerships and will continue our mission to offer world-class facilities and expertise, along with an unwavering focus on service quality. GenScript is committed to advancing non-viral gene and cell therapy development by providing cGMP materials that meet our clients’ demanding timelines.”

"We were very happy to partner with Genscript on critical experiments demonstrating high efficiency and yield of CAR knock-in cells at clinical scale. The long ssDNA produced by Genscript exceeded our expectations and helped us clearly demonstrate the potential for future therapeutic applications using these methods.", said first author Brian Shy, MD, PhD, a former clinical fellow in the lab of Alex Marson, MD, PhD, director of the Gladstone-UCSF Institute of Genomic Immunology.

About GenScript Biotech Corporation

GenScript Biotech Corporation (HK.1548) is the world’s leading technology and service provider of life science R&D and manufacturing. Built upon its solid gene-synthesis technology, GenScript Biotech is divided into four major platforms: the life science service and product platform, the biologics contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) platform, the global cell therapy platform, and the industrial synthesis biological product platform.

GenScript Biotech was founded in New Jersey, USA in 2002 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2015. GenScript Biotech’s business operations span over 100 countries and regions worldwide with legal entities located in the USA, Mainland China, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Ireland. GenScript Biotech provides premium, convenient and reliable services and products to over 200,000 customers.

As of June 30, 2022, GenScript Biotech had more than 5,500 employees globally, over 38% of whom hold master’s and/or Ph. D. degrees. In addition, GenScript Biotech owns numerous intellectual property rights, including over 190 patents, over 820 pending patent applications, and a substantial number of trade secrets.

Driven by the corporate mission of “make people and nature healthier through biotechnology,” GenScript Biotech strives to become the most trustworthy biotech company in the world. As of December 31, 2022, 76,000 peer-reviewed journal articles worldwide have cited GenScript Biotech’s services and products. To learn more, visit genscript.com.

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