White House Summit on Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing

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The White House Summit on
Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing will include three (3) sessions, where participants will exchange views on the opportunities for biotechnology and biomanufacturing to advance the American economy and U.S. global leadership in this critical technology.

5 Questions with Jason Bosiacki, Associate Director, Manufacturing Operations at NextCure

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Jason received his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Frostburg State University. He has been in the biotech industry for 12 years, having spent most of that time in R&D, primarily immunology and in the manufacturing of biologics, making monoclonal antibodies and fusions proteins.

Clene Boosts Manufacturing, Hiring in Preparation of Potential Commercialization of ALS Add-On Treatment

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In December, the company received the benefit of a $1 million grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to expand its manufacturing capacity in Elkton. The site is being added in order to increase Clene’s manufacturing capacity and support potential commercialization of its nanocrystal-based asset, CNM-Au8. Mark G. Mortenson, Clene’s Chief Scientific Officer, said the expansion of the company’s capacity in Elkton will provide them with forty-times their manufacturing capacity by 2025.

A Biomanufacturing Bottleneck Threatens To Blunt Biotech’s Boom

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At this moment, a confluence of factors, including the boom in mRNA vaccine technology and new cell and gene therapy firms, has grown beyond the capacity of the nation’s contract manufacturing industry, which firms depend on to outsource their therapy production or meet sudden demand. Life sciences startups need these spaces to run clinical trials and work out kinks in their own manufacturing processes before making bigger real estate commitments.
Contract manufacturing organizations are booked solid throughout the rest of the year, said Matt Gardner, a biomanufacturing specialist who was just named head of CBRE’s U.S. Advisory Life Sciences Practice. Finding small-batch production space in the 1,000-liter stainless steel tanks used to create and manufacture drugs or new biologics won’t be possible until 2023. 
“There’s nowhere near enough pilot-scale production, which is where companies fail fast and fail forward,” Gardner said. “You want to fail at 500 liters, so you don’t at 50,000 liters. That’s the scale where we see tremendous demand and need much more of.”  

Help Wanted in Biomanufacturing: The need for more training programs for workers grows

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Many community colleges are now offering intense boot camps that last weeks instead of years, she says. Montgomery College and Frederick Community College, both in Maryland, launched weeks-long biotech boot camps in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
Graduates usually leave with a certificate and the laboratory skills that employers are looking for, such as moving cells without contaminating them and donning gear needed to work in a sterile environment.

Philadelphia’s Vacant Budd Plant Becomes a Biomanufacturing Center

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The Plymouth Group, which owns the property, has partnered with Centerbridge Partners, L.P. to turn the former Budd Plant in Philadelphia into a facility that will support biomanufacturing efforts of companies across Cellicon Valley. The new site will position Philadelphia as a key lynchpin in biomanufacturing and continue the city’s growth as one of the top biopharma hubs in the United States.

ACC’s Smart Solution for a secure data pipeline to support Covid vaccine manufacturing

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Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical arm, Janssen, embarked on a global effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. To support their goal of supplying one billion doses of vaccine, an agreement with a contract manufacturer was reached. Large-scale manufacturing of Janssen’s vaccine would take place at the contract manufacturing site, which is designed for rapid manufacturing of vaccines and other treatments in large quantities during public health emergencies.

Montgomery College Biotechnology: Educating Research and Manufacturing Associates and Scientists for the BioHealth Capital Region

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Montgomery College, Maryland’s largest and most diverse community college, provides the BioHealth Capital Region with dozens of qualified research and manufacturing associates each year.