Vector BioMed Launches in Maryland with Gene Therapy Industry Veteran at Helm to Address the Vector Supply Bottleneck with End-to-End Solutions Platform

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Biomanufacturing Company Vector BioMed Launches with Mission to Provide Access to High-Quality Lentiviral Vectors and Address the Vector Supply Bottleneck
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Jan 31, 2023, 07:30 ET
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First Round Funding Led by Viking Global Investors and Casdin Capital
Boro Dropulić, Ph.D., MBA, named Chief Executive Officer of Vector BioMed
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Jan. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Vector BioMed, a biomanufacturing company specializing in the manufacture of lentiviral vectors, today announced its launch and first financing round led by Viking Global Investors and Casdin Capital. The funds will support the acceleration of commercial operations to provide rapid access to high-quality lentiviral vectors for pre-clinical development, clinical trials, and commercialization.
In contrast to traditional contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs), Vector BioMed is a solution provider that will provide partners with the capabilities to take their lentiviral vector-based medicinal concepts into the clinic and accelerate their path to commercialization. Vector BioMed will help address the industry’s current vector supply bottleneck by providing lentiviral vectors at scale, while also offering turnkey solutions for vector design and optimization, pre-clinical manufacturing, GMP manufacturing, and other support services.
In conjunction with the funding and launch, co-founder Boro Dropulić, Ph.D., MBA has…

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Five Philly Gene Therapy Companies You Should Know

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More than 40 cell and gene therapy companies call Philadelphia home. Their work is facilitated by academic/industrial partnerships with world-class scientists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Temple University, Drexel University, and University of Pennsylvania. Led by Wilson, UPenn’s Gene Therapy Program has been a particularly strong catalyst of the growth that led to $3 billion in investment in cell and gene therapies (CGT) in 2021. 

Global Cell and Gene Therapy Company Miltenyi Biotec is Expanding its Operations in Maryland 

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BALTIMORE, MD (March 15, 2022) — Global biotechnology business Miltenyi Biotec is expanding its operations in Maryland and transferring its North American headquarters to Gaithersburg. The company is working on expanding its 1201 Clopper Road facility to support additional manufacturing, research and development, quality assurance, and more. Miltenyi Biotec plans to add 130 new full-time jobs in Maryland, giving it a total of 300 employees in the state by the end of the year.
“By selecting Maryland for its North American headquarters, Miltenyi Biotec will help us continue growing our industry and further our efforts in remaining one of the top 10 life sciences clusters in the nation,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “We welcome the company’s continued investment in Montgomery County and look forward to supporting their efforts in Maryland and across the globe.”
This is not the company’s first investment in Maryland in recent years. In 2014, Miltenyi Biotec acquired Gaithersburg’s lentiviral vector manufacturing company Lentigen Technology Inc., which develops and commercializes therapeutics for stem cell therapies and oncology. In 2017, the company acquired Living Pharma, Inc., a startup of the University of Maryland, Baltimore that develops personalized cell therapy for targeted individuals’ cancers and diseases. Both became part…

NF2 BioSolutions Is Accelerating Research to Cure a Rare Tumor Disease

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Neurofibromatosis type II, also known as NF2, is a rare disease caused by a mutation in the NF2 gene, whose protein product, “Merlin”, plays a key role in managing cell proliferation. In Merlin’s absence, cells will grow unchecked, forming benign tumors throughout the body.

American Gene Technologies says clinical trial shows increases in immunity against HIV

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (7News) — There’s more good news in the fight to cure HIV.
American Gene Technologies says its clinical trial has resulted in more patients with substantial increases in virus-specific T-cells with immunity against HIV.
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“Now the question will be the very final step when we withdraw antiretroviral therapy, will it behave as we expect which is to take over viral suppression and these patients will not need to go back on their antiretroviral therapy again,” said CEO Jeff Galvin.
He says that process would start by the end of March at the earliest and he hopes to find out how successful it is by June.