Progen Pharmaceuticals Limited has announced that it will outsource the commercial manufacture of PI-88. The Progen manufacturing facility at the Brisbane suburb of Darra will be retained as a stand-alone business providing process development services and the manufacture of drug development material. Progen expects the transfer of PI-88 manufacture to occur in the next 12 to 18 months.
Progen will maintain the manufacturing facility with existing contracts as a break even operation, and will be assessing its options to either increase facility profitability through additional manufacturing contracts and/or seek a commercial buyer.
"Our manufacturing division has been of great value and has served Progen very well in the past, having made all PI-88 to date, including the supply to be used in the Phase 3 PATHWAY trial as well as having played and continuing to play an important role in supplying contract manufacturing services globally," said Progen's CEO, Justus Homburg.
"However, as far as PI-88 is concerned, the facility was never designed for the manufacture of commercial quantities, and we intend to contract out commercial PI-88 production to an established large-scale commercial bio-pharmaceutical manufacturer."
Further, following several years of in-house active drug development, the chemistry on newly identified lead compound PG545 has essentially been completed. PG545 has been selected for investigational new drug (IND) enabling studies, which are being outsourced.
The restructure involves 8 redundancies in the manufacturing division and 4 in drug discovery and aims to conserve current cash reserves for driving present and future Progen lead compounds towards commercialization.