Forge Biologics Announces $90 Million Series C Financing to Expand Client Offerings and Add Services to Enhance End-to-End Gene Therapy Manufacturing Platforms
Forge Biologics, a gene therapy-focused contract development and manufacturing organization, today announced that it has raised $90 million in a Series C financing, bringing its total funding raised to date to $330 million. The current round was co-led by Drive Capital and Aisling Capital with an additional undisclosed strategic investor.
“We continue our ambitious mission to enable access to life changing gene therapies by fulfilling a key goal of bringing them from concept to reality,” said Timothy J. Miller, Ph.D., CEO, President, and Co-Founder of Forge Biologics. “To deliver on that mission, we’ve made great strides in our facility development, technology advancement, and hiring expansion. These new funds will help support this next measured phase of our growth focused on delivering new services to our clients so that we can support them from idea to impact. Each advancement we make goes towards serving our clients and their patient communities, and we are grateful to our investors for their confidence in our mission.”
The Company will use the funding to expand client offerings, including proprietary technologies, manufacturing systems, cell lines, and additional services to bolster its end-to-end manufacturing platform. Through the Company’s 200,000 square foot cGMP facility dedicated to AAV viral vector manufacturing, Forge will expand the number of offerings available to clients to help scale gene therapy programs from research to clinical and commercial manufacturing in its 20 cGMP suites utilizing its operational 50L, 500L, 1,000L and 5,000L bioreactors.
“Forge has grown tremendously over the last two years, hiring experienced talent and scaling the facility, technology, and client offerings according to their unique hybrid business model,” said Molly Bonakdarpour, General Partner at Drive Capital. “We believe that Forge is becoming an established leader in gene therapy manufacturing, consistent with Drive Capital’s focus to build and support market-defining companies.”
“We have confidence in the caliber of leadership at Forge, their technical expertise at all levels, and the meticulous attention to detail in every facet of the business,” said Andrew Schiff, M.D., Managing Partner at Aisling Capital. “The gene therapy industry has been constrained by technical, operational, and capacity constraints, and Forge is poised to tackle each of those areas to alleviate the manufacturing bottleneck as they set out to do.”
Recent Milestones Reached
- Hired notable talent for key technical roles with gene therapy-specific expertise: Agnieszka Gornicka, Ph.D., Director, GMP Manufacturing; Ganesh Krishnamoorthy, Associate Director, Process Development
- Scaled the Company’s proprietary HEK 293 suspension platform process from 50L to 1000L
- Integrated new systems into its platform process such as single-use chromatography and automated fill-finish
- Increased overall manufacturing footprint to over 200,000 square feet; buildout includes 20 cGMP suites utilizing 50L, 500L, 1,000L, and 5,000L bioreactors, with additional cGMP suites planned
- Formed an independent board of preeminent experts, a Scientific and Manufacturing Advisory Board (SMAB), to advise the Company on its gene therapy manufacturing offerings and therapeutics pipeline development with a distinct and strategic emphasis on manufacturing advancements
About Forge Biologics
Forge Biologics is a hybrid gene therapy contract manufacturing and clinical-stage therapeutics development company. Forge’s mission is to enable access to life changing gene therapies and help bring them from idea to reality. Forge’s 200,000 square foot facility utilizes 20 cGMP suites in Columbus, Ohio, the Hearth, to serve as its headquarters. The Hearth is a custom-designed cGMP facility focused on AAV manufacturing and can host end-to-end manufacturing services to accelerate gene therapy programs from preclinical through clinical and commercial stage manufacturing. By taking a patients-first approach, Forge aims to accelerate the timelines of these transformative medicines for those who need them the most. To learn more, visit www.forgebiologics.com.
To view this piece of content from cts.businesswire.com, please give your consent at the top of this page.
Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
Senior Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations
About Business Wire
(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.
Subscribe to releases from Business Wire
Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Latest releases from Business Wire
Acathia Capital Completes Acquisition of Swedish Life Insurer Futur Pension7.10.2022 11:51:00 CEST | Press release
With the receipt of approvals from the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, Acathia Capital has completed the increase of its stake in Futur Pension Försäkrings AB, the most successful life insurer in Sweden. Since 2019, Acathia Capital has been the joint lead investor, together with the Nordic private equity manager Polaris, in this investment, within a group of 5 institutional investors. As a result of the transaction, investment vehicles advised by Acathia have increased their joint stake in Futur Pension from 30% to almost 50%. Futur Pension is a powerful demonstration of how digitalization is fundamentally transforming the insurance business. The fintech, founded in 2000, has already fundamentally transformed the Swedish life insurance market in terms of cost and market share structure. Dr. Thomas Schmitt, managing partner of Acathia Capital, comments: “Futur Pension has increased its market share from 7% to over 11% of premium volume since we have become owners in 2019, makin
EIG’s MidOcean Energy to Acquire Tokyo Gas’ Interests in Portfolio of Four Australian Integrated LNG Projects for US$2.15 Billion7.10.2022 10:44:00 CEST | Press release
MidOcean Energy (“MidOcean”), an LNG company formed and managed by EIG, a leading institutional investor in the global energy and infrastructure sectors, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd (“Tokyo Gas”) to acquire Tokyo Gas’ interests in a portfolio of four Australian integrated LNG projects. Under the terms of the agreement, MidOcean will acquire Tokyo Gas’ interests in Gorgon LNG, Ichthys LNG, Pluto LNG and Queensland Curtis LNG for total cash consideration of US$2.15 billion. These integrated projects span Australia’s western and eastern seaboard and are major suppliers of LNG to Asia, with a diverse set of long-dated take or pay contracts with investment grade counterparties, and to Australia’s domestic gas markets. The portfolio is expected to generate approximately 1 million tonnes per annum of LNG net to MidOcean, production that is underpinned by long-life reserves and a globally competitive cost structure. The portfolio bene
LabGenius Secures Government Innovation Grant to Expand ML-driven Drug Discovery Platform, EVA™7.10.2022 09:00:00 CEST | Press release
LabGenius, a pioneer in the use of machine learning (ML) for antibody engineering, today announced that it has been awarded a highly competitive SMART grant from Innovate UK. Grants from the £25 million fund allow businesses like LabGenius to realize the potential of new ideas by investing in game-changing, commercially viable research and development projects. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20221007005023/en/ To date, LabGenius’ EVA platform has been used to co-optimize mono- and multi-specific single domain antibodies for biochemical and bio functional properties, including stability, potency and selective tumor cell killing. This grant will be used to further expand EVA's capabilitiesby accelerating the platform’s ability to optimize antibody-based immune cell engager molecules. Many existing antibody therapeutics have poor selective cell killing profiles, which can result in on-target, off-tumor effects, an
Slate Asset Management Provides Fleet Financing to Move About Group AB to Support Rollout of Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure Across Europe7.10.2022 09:00:00 CEST | Press release
Slate Asset Management (“Slate”), a global alternative investment platform targeting real assets, today announced that it has agreed to provide financing to Move About Group AB (“Move About”), a Swedish electric mobility service, to support the roll out of more than 150 electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout Europe. The car funding provided by Slate will be used to bolster Move About’s electric car fleet, which currently owns and operates over 800 electric cars and has more than 71,000 users on its platform. Move About is a Sweden-based electric mobility service that delivers environmentally friendly and cost-effective mobility solutions to over 300 locations across Sweden, Norway, and Germany. Move About has partnered with some of the largest companies across Europe to save tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. Since it was founded in 2007, Move About has become the largest provider of emission-free carsharing in the Nordic region. Christian S
Valbiotis Accelerates Its Marketing Strategy7.10.2022 07:35:00 CEST | Press release
Regulatory News: Valbiotis (FR0013254851 – ALVAL, PEA / SME eligible), a Research and Development company committed to scientific innovation for preventing and combating metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, is accelerating its marketing strategy. Sébastien PELTIER, Chairman of the Valbiotis Board of Directors, states: "Today, we are embarking on a complementary development cycle to commercialize our innovative active substances, with the aim of providing breakthrough solutions for reducing the risk factors of cardio-metabolic diseases. Our new strategy aims to accelerate the growth of Valbiotis and to boost its capacity for innovation using two main levers: firstly, the signing of international partnerships (global or regional) with major players in the nutrition and healthcare sectors, supported by the specialist firm AEC Partners1, and secondly, the company's own marketing of its products on the French market. This dual strategy, creating value, will enable Valbiotis to rapidly tar