Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Pharma Outsourcing
Scientific Community
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article

Cell Medica Opens Commercial Manufacturing Facility in Germany

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Last Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Bookmark and Share
Commercial launch of Cytovir CMV is planned for early 2014.

Imperial Innovations Group plc has announced that portfolio company Cell Medica has opened a European manufacturing facility in Berlin-Buch, Germany.

T cell immunotherapy involves harnessing the human immune system to treat diseases and Cell Medica is using the approach to develop, manufacture and market treatments of infections and cancers related to oncogenic (cancer-causing) viruses.

Cell Medica’s commercial manufacturing facility at the Max-Delbrück-Center of Molecular Medicine within the biotechnology area of Campus Berlin-Buch includes approximately 350 m2 clean room space, and will initially focus on manufacturing the company’s Cytovir™ CMV.

The innovative Cytovir CMV treatment uses immune cells of a healthy donor to restore immunity to Cytomegalovirus infections in patients who have lost their immunity following a bone marrow transplant.

The commercial launch of Cytovir CMV is planned for early 2014, following the completion of two randomized controlled studies currently ongoing in the UK.

The financing of Cell Medica’s investment in the Berlin-Buch facility is supported in part by the Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB), the business development and promotion bank of the Federal Land of Berlin.

The facility will also be important in providing investigational medicine products for Cell Medica’s planned CITADEL study to investigate a T cell therapy for the treatment of EBV-associated lymphomas, which will be undertaken following the required regulatory approvals.

Cell Medica is one of Innovations’ leading portfolio companies and represents the strength in depth of the Group’s top ten assets. In July 2012, Innovations committed £3 million as part of a £17 million funding round for Cell Medica. Innovations holds a 30% stake in the business.

Russ Cummings, Chief Executive Officer, Imperial Innovations, said: “The opening of a European manufacturing facility is a significant step towards Cell Medica bringing its lead product, Cytovir CMV, to market. We have been able to scale-up our investment over time to help Cell Medica’s excellent team maintain its industry-leading position and grow the value of the company.”

Dr Rainer Knaus, Managing Director of Cell Medica GmbH, said: “This facility has been designed and equipped to provide high quality Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant production of patient-specific cell and gene therapies for distribution across Europe. We are also very fortunate to have attracted highly educated and well-trained personnel who are keen to help shape this new era of cell-based therapeutics. These manufacturing specialists are preparing the facility for the supply of Cytovir CMV in early 2014.”

Further Information
Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 2,600+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 3,800+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters

Sign In

Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

Circassia’s Grass Allergy Treatment Achieves Significant Symptom Reduction
Circassia has achieved successful results from a large phase II clinical study of its grass allergy treatment.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Veryan Receives CE Mark Approval for BioMimics 3D™ Stent
A novel platform technology designed for treating the major arteries of the leg in patients with PAD.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Scientific News
Fixing Holes in the Heart Without Invasive Surgery
UV-light enabled catheter is a medical device which represents a major shift in how cardiac defects are repaired.
Atriva Therapeutics GmbH Develops Innovative Flu Drug
Highly effective against seasonal and pandemic influenza.
Study Removes Cancer Doubt for Multiple Sclerosis Drug
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London are calling on the medical community to reconsider developing a known drug to treat people with relapsing Multiple sclerosis after new evidence shows it does not increase the risk of cancer as previously thought.
Antibody Treatment Efficacious in Psoriasis
An experimental, biologic treatment, brodalumab, achieved 100 percent reduction in psoriasis symptoms in twice as many patients as a second, commonly used treatment, according to the results of a multicenter clinical trial led by Mount Sinai researchers.
Scientists Test New Gene Therapy for Vision Loss from a Mitochondrial Disease
NIH-funded study shows success in targeting mitochondrial DNA in mice.
HIV Patients Should Be Included in Early Clinical Trials of Anti-TB Drugs
Tuberculosis is the number one cause of death in HIV-infected patients in Africa and a leading cause of death in this population worldwide.
Multi-Gene Test Enables Some Breast Cancer Patients to Safely Avoid Chemotherapy
A major study is providing the best evidence to date that a 21-gene test done on the tumor can identify breast cancer patients who can safely avoid chemotherapy.
Low Dose Beta-Blockers As Effective As High Dose After a Heart Attack?
Heart attack patients live as long – or even longer – on one-quarter the suggested dose.
Antidepressants Plus Blood-Thinners Slow Down Brain Cancer
EPFL scientists have found that combining antidepressants with anticoagulants slows down brain tumors (gliomas) in mice.
Old Drug Performs New Tricks
Cambridge-led research reveals the powers of a "wonder drug" that has lain under the noses of doctors for 50 years.
Scroll Up
Scroll Down

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
2,600+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
3,800+ scientific videos