Establishing commercial scale manufacturing capability for plasmid DNA within the US will ensure we are ready to support production and widespread distribution of these vaccines in response to future outbreaks
The Woodlands, TX (PRWEB) November 22, 2016
VGXI was honored to host U.S. Congressman Pete Olson and several key industry leaders for a roundtable discussion on the state of biotech and innovation in Texas. Attendees included President of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Jim Greenwood, as well as Tom Kowalski, President of the Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute, and Ann Tanabe, CEO of BioHouston. The visitors toured VGXI’s state-of-the-art cGMP plasmid DNA manufacturing facility and met with the CEO of VGXI and GeneOne Life Science, Young Park. The roundtable discussion that followed focused on funding and policy issues facing the biotech community, and the important role of innovative companies like VGXI.
VGXI is the only facility in the world to have manufactured DNA vaccines for Ebola, MERS, and Zika. In July of 2016 VGXI’s parent company GeneOne Life Science announced the start of a Phase-1 trial to evaluate the Zika DNA vaccine (GLS-5700), which has been demonstrated in animal models to provide 100% protection from the virus. This trial set a record as one of the fastest development timelines from initial concept of the vaccine to FDA approval for human testing. Roundtable attendees noted the exceptional safety profile and rapid manufacturing timeline for DNA vaccines, making them a smarter and more cost effective approach to emerging diseases.
“Establishing commercial scale manufacturing capability for plasmid DNA within the US will ensure we are ready to support production and widespread distribution of these vaccines in response to future outbreaks,” stated GeneOne CEO Young Park.
ABOUT VGXI, INC.
With over 15 years of experience, VGXI, Inc. is a leading provider of plasmid DNA manufacturing and development services for DNA vaccine and gene therapy research. The company has an outstanding track record of success in manufacturing plasmid products under cGMP conditions for clinical trials in the US, EU, Asia and Australia, and its cGMP and non-GMP products have passed rigorous reviews by several international regulatory agencies. VGXI’s ability to work with unique requirements and create custom manufacturing solutions is based on its patented manufacturing process, flexible cGMP production facility, and experienced development team. VGXI, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary CMO of GeneOne Life Science, Inc. To learn more about VGXI, visit http://www.vgxii.com/about/overview.
ABOUT GENEONE LIFE SCIENCE, INC.
GeneOne Life Science Inc. is an international DNA vaccine developer and leading contract manufacturer of DNA plasmid-based agents for preclinical and clinical trials for global companies and institutions. It researches and develops DNA vaccines to prevent and treat incurable diseases in South Korea and internationally. The company is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. VGXI, Inc., GeneOne’s wholly-owned manufacturing subsidiary located in Texas, is the largest pure-play cGMP DNA plasmid manufacturing facility in the world.
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is the world's largest trade association representing nearly 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute is the Texas Policy voice for healthcare and bioscience and the only provider of statewide resources to our members and the industry. With a focus on using advocacy as a tool to create a more favorable environment for the life sciences, THBI works with government and industry leaders to attract new participants in the life sciences to Texas and to promote effective government legislation on behalf of the industry.
BioHouston, Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded by Houston area academic/research institutions, leading a broad effort to establish the Houston region as a vigorous global competitor in life science and biotechnology commercialization. Our mission is to create an environment that will stimulate technology transfer and research commercialization, thereby generating economic wealth for the Houston region and making it a global competitor in life science commercialization. BioHouston’s activities provide the greatest leverage in making the Houston region a world-class competitor in the life science industry.
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