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.