CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vor Bio (Nasdaq: VOR), a clinical-stage cell and genome engineering company, today announced the opening of its new in-house clinical manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Mass. co-located in the Company’s current headquarters. The new facility is designed to support Vor Bio’s development of potentially transformative engineered hematopoietic stem cells (eHSCs) and CAR-T cell therapeutic candidates for patients with blood cancers.
Investment in internal manufacturing is a key competitive advantage for cell and gene therapy companies. The ability to co-locate the facility at the Company’s Cambridge, headquarters improves integration and collaboration across teams and is ideal for attracting talent. The Vor Bio facility will enable end-to-end oversight of drug product for planned clinical trials, initially manufacturing clinical supply to support the IND for VCAR33allo, which is on-track for submission in the first half of 2023. The Company also plans to technology transfer the production of VOR33 to the site.
“Initiating manufacturing at our own in-house facility represents an exciting and important milestone for Vor Bio,” said Michael Pinaud, Head of GMP Operations. “Integrating internal research, process development, analytical development, manufacturing, and quality control testing capabilities under one roof, enables us to provide efficient transfer of knowledge and maintain strategic control of manufacturing capacity, and reduce the time and cost required to manufacture complex cell therapy clinical candidates.”
Internalizing manufacturing has been a key part of Vor Bio’s strategy to increase efficiency and control and decrease overall expenditure of its manufacturing process. This may translate into higher scalability, a lower cost of goods, and optimized turnaround times for integration into routine clinical practice.
Vor Bio has completed construction and initiated operations in a multi-product facility made up of four cleanrooms in ballroom-style configurations, alongside two quality control laboratories, six process and analytical laboratories, and associated warehouse space. The facility has been designed to be current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) compliant.
The new clinical manufacturing facility is part of a recently expanded lease agreement that contributes to the Company’s increasing footprint in Cambridge.
About Vor Bio
Vor Bio is a clinical-stage cell and genome engineering company that aims to change the standard of care for patients with blood cancers by engineering hematopoietic stem cells to enable targeted therapies post-transplant. For more information, visit: www.vorbio.com.
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