Catalent inks deal with AstraZeneca to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine candidate

15 Jun 2020

The company's Anagni, Italy facility will prepare to supply hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine candidate if it's approved.

Catalent Biologics will provide vial filling and packaging capacity to AstraZeneca at Catalent’s manufacturing facility in Anagni, Italy, and prepare for large-scale commercial supply of the University of Oxford’s adenovirus vector-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222.

Catalent inks deal with AstraZeneca to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine candidate

The agreement accelerates the rapid scale-up of capacity over the coming months to support the production of AZD1222. Catalent will prepare the facility to enable round-the-clock manufacturing schedules and supply hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine candidate from August 2020, and potentially through to March 2022 should the product be approved by regulatory agencies.

The recombinant adenovirus vaccine technology was created by the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, and the vaccine candidate is currently in clinical trials.

Catalent’s 28,000-m2 facility in Anagni has a demonstrated track record in technical transfers and successful commercial product launches.

"Catalent has significant experience in the tech transfer and rapid scale-up of vaccine programs to meet demand," commented Alessandro Maselli, President and Chief Operating Officer of Catalent. He added: “Our manufacturing site in Anagni, Italy has served for many years as a primary launch facility for new medicines, and the plant’s skilled team will take great pride in preparing to manufacture this vaccine candidate for COVID-19 and ensuring that the product will be able to reach patients as quickly as possible if approved.”

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