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14 Oct 2019

Lonza’s Ibex solutions to support Genmab’s growing clinical portfolio

Ibex Park in Visp.

Company's Ibex Design planned to take Genmab’s pre-clinical candidates from gene to potential IND within 12 months.

Lonza has extended its partnership with Genmab to cover preclinical and clinical development and manufacturing for a significant portion of Genmab’s pipeline. Lonza’s Ibex Solutions in Visp (CH) is designed to provide Genmab with the flexibility and speed they need to take their candidates towards IND and commercialization.

Genmab and Lonza have a longstanding relationship, having worked together on multiple antibody-based programs since 2002.

Lonza’s Ibex Design offering enables Genmab to take their candidates from gene to IND in 12 months and then move to reserved manufacturing capacity in Ibex Develop for clinical manufacturing and BLA submission when Genmab needs it. The agreement aims to provide Genmab with security of supply and to enable Genmab to move rapidly into clinical manufacturing with the flexibility needed to manage an extensive pipeline through the demands of clinical trials.

The new agreement will cover development and clinical manufacturing of drug substance and drug product for certain programs in Genmab’s pre-clinical and clinical pipeline. These include more complex molecular formats developed using Genmab’s DuoBody technology.

Karen Fallen, Head of Mammalian and Microbial Development and Manufacturing, Lonza Pharma & Biotech, said: ”Extending this trusted relationship with Genmab is a great motivation for our teams who have been working together for a number of years. Genmab’s extensive pipeline is an opportunity for us to combine the speed and flexibility of our Ibex Solutions with the know-how needed to manufacture pioneering molecular formats.”

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