World’s largest dedicated cell and-gene-therapy manufacturing facility opens10 Apr 2018
First-of-its-kind, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with capacity to produce treatment for thousands of patients suffering from rare genetic disorders or life-threatening diseases.
Lonza today is opening the world’s largest dedicated cell-and-gene-therapy facility, which was built in anticipation of the rising demand from developers of cell and gene therapies – the next era in medicine – and with the mission of enabling them to deliver these types of treatments to patients around the world more quickly and efficiently.
During a grand opening ceremony today in Pearland, TX (USA), Lonza executives and industry leaders will unveil the 300,000-sq-ft (27,870 m2) facility and its offerings, highlighting its state-of-the-art, fully integrated, everything-under-one-roof access to some of the world's most innovative cell-and-gene-therapy manufacturing technologies.
"Lonza Houston will serve as a center of excellence for cell-and-gene-therapy process development from concept through preclinical, clinical and commercialization, all the way to the patient," says Andreas Weiler, Business Unit head for Emerging Technologies at Lonza Pharma & Biotech. "This facility has the potential to produce treatment for thousands of patients suffering from rare genetic disorders or life-threatening diseases, under one roof. It will set a new standard in biopharmaceutical manufacturing and stand as one of four centers of excellence in cell and gene therapy in the only global network spanning three continents."
He adds: "Outstanding teams of top experts from around the world are gathered here and are empowered to elaborate on innovative concepts, develop and optimize complex processes, and seamlessly deliver cell and gene therapies that adhere to the industry’s cGMP standards."
The Lonza Houston Center of Excellence is already operational and manufacturing for several customers. This facility is recruiting employees and will have more than 200 full-time staff including scientists, engineers, MBAs and biotechnology professionals by the end of 2018 and continue to recruit high-value positions as market demand increases.
“Lonza is committed to the evolution and cultivation of a diverse medical and life-science community in the Greater Houston area for many years to come," says Marc Funk, Lonza Pharma & Biotech Chief Operating Officer. “The site is well positioned to meet the demands of the growing cell-and-gene-therapy field. Combining this leading-edge facility with our unmatched experience and expertise in cell and gene therapy will allow us to provide a key advantage to biopharmaceutical companies and academic researchers and ultimately to the patients they serve.”
Specialist API CDMO acquired by GHO Capital
16 Mar 2019
Future plan is to extend Sterling’s international presence to meet increasing demand from customers worldwide.Read more
Bringing next generation single-use sensor technologies to the life science market
14 Mar 2019
Pall and Broadley-James’ combined expertise proves complementary in addressing critical customer pain points in modern bioprocessing.Read more
Third Sartorius Research Xchange Forum 2019 focuses on CAR-T cell therapy
13 Mar 2019
Event for experts from academia and industry, including talks, live demo sessions, and panel discussion.Read more
TraceLink submits an interoperable blockchain network solution for FDA DSCSA Pilot Project Program
12 Mar 2019
Trace Histories is a purpose-built distributed ledger solution for ensuring patient safety by 2023 DSCSA deadline.Read more
Overcoming lyophilization challenges at Interphex 2019
10 Mar 2019
Line of Sight approach to freeze-drying enables organizations to bring pharmaceutical products safely and quickly to market.Read more
Catalent invests over $27 million to commercialize Zydis Ultra
7 Mar 2019
Zydis Ultra allows a patented and innovative drug coating to be introduced during a product’s formulation, enabling the dosage of active ingredient to be up to four times higher than a conventional Zydis ODT.Read more
Novel systems for membrane chromatography
6 Mar 2019
Optimally run membrane chromatography processes will provide higher productivity, smaller-scale operations and increased robustness.Read more
Lilly to introduce lower-priced insulin
5 Mar 2019
Authorized generic version of Humalog will be available in US pharmacies at 50% lower list price.Read more
Biogen acquisition boosts its ophthalmology pipeline
4 Mar 2019
Nightstar Therapeutics has two potentially first-in-class mid- to late-stage clinical assets as well as preclinical programs.Read more
Uniqsis expands LED photoreactor range
3 Mar 2019
The availability of three new alternative switchable LED configurations provides chemists with the unique ability to optimally undertake almost any photochemistry reaction.Read more
Are you a supplier
Here's what we can do for you
- Generate quality leads for your business
- Stay visible for 365 days of the year
- Receive product inquiries and respond to meeting requests directly
- Improve company online presence through Search Engine Optimisation