Better AAV therapeutics
The promise of AAV gene therapy comes with an obligation to solve the complicated issue of supplying viral-based gene therapies on a global scale. AAV manufacturing is highly complex and historically inefficient with a cost of goods that pushes the purchase of therapeutics into the millions of dollars. We recognized this issue more than a decade ago and focused on creating robust, scalable manufacturing capabilities. The result was Pro10™ technology and joint ventures to create world-class GMP manufacturing facilities.
Clinical and commercial AAV manufacturing
Together with Columbus Venture Partners, AskBio operates Viralgen, a cGMP manufacturing facility. The Viralgen Vector Core uses our Pro10™ technology to manufacture AAV in a state-of-the-art facility for use in human gene therapy clinical trials. An expansion for high-volume commercial AAV manufacturing is currently underway. Viralgen offers what we believe is the most flexible, scalable AAV manufacturing system in the industry.
Doggybone™ DNA (dbDNA™) manufacturing
AskBio and Touchlight Genetics Ltd. (TGL) formed Touchlight AAV, to supply the rapidly expanding AAV market with proprietary doggybone™ DNA (dbDNA™). An alternative to traditional transfection DNA substrate and a critical starting material, we are setting new standards for synthetic DNA best practices. Our high-yield manufacturing process lowers cost, expedites production and increases safety without prokaryotic DNA sequences.
We continue to invest in innovative AAV manufacturing as a partner in Viralgen, a focused CDMO organization. We continue to set the industry standard for scalable, reliable and efficient manufacturing to help drive down cost and expand patient access to life-changing therapies.
“We must ensure gene therapy can be equally accessible, even to those with ultra-rare diseases. Large-scale, efficient manufacturing of AAV product is critical.”
R. Jude Samulski, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder