Gene Therapy Manufacturing

The promise of new gene therapies for patients with few or no treatments available is driving demand for rapid innovation, with hundreds of gene therapies now in development worldwide. But bringing a new gene therapy to life demands a high degree of expertise in viral vector manufacturing and testing. Yet there are many challenges to producing a gene therapy including accelerated time-to-patient, lack of an established process template, and evolving regulatory guidelines.

Gene therapy manufacturers must find their own path through complex obstacles in process development, scale-up, manufacturing, and regulatory compliance ­– all within compressed timelines of just 3-5 years, less than half the time for conventional drugs.

Successful manufacturers must also show agility in clearing regulatory, safety, and process development hurdles. Consequently, alliances with experienced global technology partners or contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs) are often essential for bringing a gene therapy to life.

    Gene therapy development: Grow, purify, formulate

    Gene therapy process infographic, from cell culture media to final filtration


    Viral Vector Upstream Processing

    Making the right upstream process decisions not only impacts viral vector titer, but downstream processes, timelines, and regulatory acceptance 

    Efficient virus purification processes can improve yield, decrease time to patient, and lower manufacturing costs

    Formulating a commercially viable gene therapy demands a high level of application and regulatory expertise

    Critical biosafety testing and characterization of viral vector products can help to fully analyze key quality attributes: identity, potency, safety, and stability

    CDMO partnerships play a critical role in advancing clinical pipelines and achieving successful commercialization