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25 Jun 2014

AGTC and SAFC Create Strategic Partnership to Provide Gene Therapy Manufacturing Services

Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation and SAFC Commercial (SAFC) have signed an agreement to have SAFC provide gene therapy manufacturing services to companies developing gene-based therapies. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will co-market AGTC's proprietary HAVE manufacturing method with SAFC's cGMP manufacturing capabilities.


AGTC will assist clients in engineering AAV-based vectors and the associated helper viruses for HAVE-based manufacturing activities. SAFC will manufacture AAV vectors with the HAVE system to either support initial research or in accordance with cGMP requirements to support clinical trial development and eventual commercial production. Through this partnership, clients will also have access to bio-manufacturing testing services from BioReliance, SAFC's biologics and early-development services business.


"AGTC has established an effective and productive relationship with SAFC to manufacture AAV-based vectors for our own portfolio of gene-based product candidates for rare eye diseases," said Sue Washer, President and CEO of AGTC. "AAV vectors have broad potential in treating a variety of genetic diseases, but until recently, could not be manufactured at clinical and commercial scale in a cost-effective manner. Our proprietary HAVE system overcomes these difficulties. In partnering with SAFC, we can now make our AAV manufacturing platform available to academic and corporate organizations that are pursuing gene-based therapies. SAFC is an excellent partner for this endeavor because it is a leading biologics CMO, has substantial expertise with our HAVE system and is known for providing a high level of service to its contract manufacturing customers."


"SAFC is committed to providing our customers with high-quality and timely cGMP manufacturing services," said David M. Backer, Sr. Director & General Manager at SAFC. "AGTC's proprietary HAVE system for manufacturing AAV vectors is an excellent fit for our portfolio of services and is consistent with the level of quality and technical capabilities that our customers expect from us. We believe that partnering with AGTC to provide gene therapy manufacturing services is an effective way to make this important technology available to a broader audience, and may help to expedite the development of novel therapies."

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