October 3, 2022 – Genezen, a cell and gene therapy Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) specializing in lentiviral and retroviral vector manufacturing, has completed another expansion phase at its viral vector process development and cGMP vector production facility in Fishers, Indiana (US).
In response to increased lentiviral and retroviral GMP vector demand, the latest phase of the buildout sees additional process development, analytical development, and quality control labs as well as GMP cell banking and GMP vector manufacturing suites with an expanded GMP warehouse at the facility.
The latest phase of the expansion was officially opened by Indiana’s Governor Eric Holcomb and Fishers’ Mayor Scott Fadness on September 29th, who were on site to view the new facility with the Genezen team.
Raymond Kaczmarek, Chief Executive Officer at Genezen, commented: “We are excited to officially open our GMP manufacturing facility in Fishers, IN. We look forward to providing our current and future partners with high quality viral vector material in support of their upcoming clinical trials.
“As we open this phase, we reflect on the support from our state and local communities as well as support from our financial partners and our clients. Today’s facility opening represents the start of the next chapter in the story of Genezen. I am proud to see our team members embrace this opportunity to be a part of curing the world one patient at a time.”
The continued investment into the Fishers facility allows Genezen to increase delivery of cGMP lentiviral and retroviral vectors from adherent and suspension processes supporting both transient transfection and producer cell line vector manufacturing platforms. This capacity also expands Genezen’s current cGMP capabilities for host cell expansion and host cell banking.
Governor Eric Holcomb added: “It was an honor to help celebrate Genezen’s investment to triple its footprint in Fishers,” said Gov. Holcomb. “With a world of options, we’re so proud they chose to join Indiana’s strong life sciences sector, with abundant talent at our world-class research institutions to support their future goals and growth.”
Bill Vincent, Founder and Executive Chairman at Genezen, commented: “With our expansion, we’re excited to have available capacity given the high demand from clients wanting early-stage expertise paired with scalable manufacturing process and analytical development support, for both retro- and lentiviral vectors.
“In line with our growth strategy, planning and design are underway for our next phase of expansion. We will continue to liaise with existing and prospective clients to ensure we are meeting their future needs.”
The construction of the new facility was funded by a majority investment from Ampersand Capital Partners, a private equity firm specializing in growth equity investments in the healthcare sector.