This facility is designed for cell therapy products that utilize viral vectors such as chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR T cell) therapies. In addition, the facility will permit expansion of viral vector manufacturing to support gene therapy clinical and commercial programs and will permit large scale production in 2,000L single-use bioreactors. The new facility will supplement WuXi's existing 20,000-square-foot cGMP cell therapy manufacturing facility, as well as a 50,000-square-foot facility for the commercial manufacturing of allogeneic and autologous cell-based therapeutics. WuXi's 220,000 square feet of total manufacturing capacity in the U.S. expands its ability to be a single-source for process development, clinical and commercial cGMP manufacturing, and analytical testing to support the rapidly growing cellular therapeutic and gene therapy industry's unique requirements.
"Advanced therapies like CAR T-cells and gene therapy vectors offer significant new therapeutic options for cancer patients and those suffering from crippling genetic diseases. We are pleased to be at the forefront of this field, providing our partners with cutting-edge cGMP manufacturing capabilities and capacities," said Dr. Ge Li, Chairman and CEO of WuXi AppTec.
"We are proud to be an integral part of the biotech hub in the Navy Yard and an important center for the manufacturing of cell and gene therapies here in Philadelphia. With the capacity and capabilities we now have available, we can provide the integrated clinical and commercial manufacturing solutions needed by our cell and gene therapy customers," said Felix Hsu, Senior Vice President of WuXi AppTec's US Business Unit.
About WuXi AppTec
WuXi AppTec is a leading global pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device open-access capability and technology platform company with global operations. As an innovation-driven and customer-focused company, WuXi AppTec provides a broad and integrated portfolio of services to help our worldwide customers and partners shorten the discovery and development time and lower the cost of drug and medical device R&D through cost-effective and efficient solutions. With its industry-leading capabilities in small molecule R&D and manufacturing, biologics R&D and manufacturing, cell therapy and gene therapy R&D and manufacturing, medical device testing, and molecular testing and genomics, WuXi platform is enabling more than 2,000 innovative collaborators from more than 30 countries to bring innovative healthcare products to patients, and to fulfill WuXi's dream that "every drug can be made and every disease can be treated." Please visit http://www.wuxiapptec.com
For specific information on WuXi's advanced therapy manufacturing, please visit www.us.wuxiapptec.com
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